We all think we are safe. If we haven't experienced danger, we tend to live in a bubble thinking nothing bad will ever happen. But it can; and it does. So, what are some little things we can do to protect ourselves and our families in our homes?
In the kitchen
• Turn pot handles away from the stove front and position them away from other burners. This can save you or a child from knocking the pot or burning a hand.
• Cook on rear burners when possible.
• Use a frying pan splatter guard.
• Let food cool slightly before removing from the microwave.
• Don't use a wet oven mitt - your hand could be scalded.
• No water or fire extinguisher use on grease fires - smother with a lid and turn off the burner.
• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
• Fit area rugs with a slip-resistant backing.
• Never run electrical cords under rugs or across doorways, and don't hang them from nails (like at holiday time!). Friction can overheat the cords, causing a fire.
• Put slip-resistant surfaces in and around the tub and shower.
• Unplug electrical appliances when not in use. Never store them near water.
• Install night lights a safe distance from bedding or curtains.
• Keep a phone and flashlight near your bed. Keep in mind that when the electricity is off, cordless phones don't work and cell phones can't recharge.
• Those gas or oil soaked rags in the garage? Don't wash them; get rid of them after each use - they are very flammable.
I know this isn't very exciting. But sometimes reading over a list like this can pop something into your mind that could protect you or the family. I'm always an optimist, but I try to be a personally responsible optimist!
• Kathryn Miller is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.