Whether you’re a new or long-time homeowner, safety in the house is undoubtedly one of your top priorities, and for good reasons. Studies show that more accidents occur in the home than at any other location. The good news is that you can protect your family and guests by reducing the risk of injury in the home with just a few basic home improvement projects.
The right outdoor lighting is a necessity for any homeowner. Outdoor lighting is particularly important when people are entering or exiting the home after dark. It allows family members and guests to clearly see the path to the door and can help prevent falls and other potential dangers. You want to make sure that all walkways, steps, and entryways are well lit for you and your guests as well as the parking area. Consider installing lights with a timer to ensure that they come on every night at the same time or ones with motion sensors, so the lights will come on as people approach.
Sidewalks not only add curb appeal to your property, but they also provide a safe walking path for you and your guests. Like most things in and around your home, however, sidewalks need to be maintained on a regular basis. This step is necessary because according to Brauns Law, cracks in the pavement or uneven surfaces become tripping hazards that can result in serious injury. You can avoid this problem by inspecting your sidewalks and looking for any broken, chipped or uneven concrete. If you detect an issue, it’s important to hire an expert in concrete repair and leveling to fix your sidewalk as soon as possible.
According to a recent study, more than a million people are injured from falling on the stairs every year. This danger affects people of all age groups. If you want to protect yourself, your family and your guests, it’s vital that you ensure every stairway in your home is safe. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, you can start by making sure that there is adequate lighting in the stairway. Secondly, if your stairs are carpeted, make sure that there are no snags or loose ends that could pose a tripping hazard. If so, you should have the carpet repaired or replaced immediately. If you have hardwood floors, consider applying a layer of anti-slip floor finish or install anti-slip treads to each step. Finally, make sure that a handrail is installed in each stairway and that it is firmly attached.
Taking these small steps now can significantly reduce the risk of injury to you and your guests. These home improvement projects will not only improve home safety, but they are likely to increase the value of your home as well.
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