Health at home is an interesting facet of life and one that can easily be maintained by a person with the right knowledge and understanding. This article will take a look at some of the ways in which a person's health can be maintained in the home by doing the right things and avoiding doing the wrong things!
The first thing that can make a big difference to your health in the home is to eliminate where possible anything that might be dangerous or could lead to an accident happening. While that might sound like an over-simplification of base common sense, it is surprising when you visit other people's homes just how many "accidents waiting to happen" can be spotted at first glance. The obvious things should be checked over first of all.
One of the greatest threats to health and indeed to life itself is electricity. The first things to check over, therefore will be anywhere that electricity could be a hazard, such as any damaged or badly fitted electrical plugs or exposed electrical wiring in any rooms. Plug sockets can be a particularly dangerous hazard when ill-fitted or loose as a child (or an adult, for that matter) could accidentally pull the cover off the wall and expose the live mains wiring. A shock from this can result in death, so this is one area that diligence can literally be a life or death choice.
Plugs on appliances should also be checked to insure they are sound and have no cracks or breaks. Most modern appliances come with molded plugs already fitted, but older appliances may have user fitted plugs. These should be checked by someone with electrical experience or a professional to make sure the wires are tightly and securely fixed and there is no chance that they could be removed by a child, exposing any bare wire.
Plug sockets should never be overloaded with multi-adapters and if you need to have several appliances use a single wall socket, use a plug strip with a safety cutout or at least an on-off switch.
The threat of a house fire is another dangerous hazard that can be avoided in many cases by using some simple common sense and keeping inflammable materials and liquids safely stored out of harm's way. Hazardous, inflammable cleaning fluids should always be kept in a secure storage space not accessible by children and preferably away from the main house in a garage or outbuilding such as a utility store or garden shed. That also goes for oil, kerosene and other petroleum based fluids, propane and other inflammable gas fuels and any chemicals that might cause fire.
Always keep narrow passageways and doorways clear of clutter so that in the unfortunate event of a house fire, the occupants can quickly and safely get to the exits.