“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”
– Rene Magritte
I know we all like to think that our house is our “Safe Place,” but how many of us actually take the time to ensure that it is actually safe? Ideally, you get to spend most of your time at home. In which case, most accidents will happen at home. Consider this an attempt to keep you from adding to that statistic.
“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable” – Mark Twain
Besides the obvious lit candle or plugged in hair straightener, we neglect to see the main cause, electrical wiring. According to the National Fire Protection Association, faulty wiring accounts for around 50,000 home fires per year in the U.S. For more information on ways you can prevent electrical fires, check out the Helpful Resources on our website. Other causes of home fires include dryer lint backup, clutter and vintage appliances ( I know, that one hurts more than anything ).
Eerily known as the “Silent Killer,” CO kills around 400 U.S citizens each year in non-fire related incidents, according to the CDC. For example, if you are lucky enough to have a gas stove, you may have noticed that the fire burns orange rather than blue. That’s bad and would typically be an indication that the gas line is faulty which can lead to high amounts of CO in your home. Learn more, Here.
Applicable mostly to the kiddos, whose curiosity rules all decisions made in their lives and often learn based off of putting it in their mouth. There are kits designed to make objects with multiple pieces child proof, such as window coverings. Unfortunately, it takes more than a kit. You, the adult need to be sure to keep small items out of a child’s reach.
Enough with the Downer Debbie topic, just don’t be a dumbass.