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6 Accident Risk Spots in the House

Your house can be a safe and relaxing place at the same time. For the good life quality of the family, you should not overlook these 6 accident risk spots.

1. Staircase: Accidents can occur often at this spot. A steep or twisting staircase that is too difficult to walk on can easily cause accidents. It is better if the staircase is at angle of not more than 45 degrees and the height of each stair should not be more than 21.5 cm. while the width should not be less than 25 cm. There should be a landing every 3 metres and a handrail for people to hold on to for support and its height should be at least 80 cm. Plus, the material used should not be slippery and each stair should be free from any obstacle.

A twisting staircase can cause accidents easier than a normal one.

SHERA Stair has a rough texture to prevent the floor from being slippery.

2. Floor: Even though the floor is flat, you may still tumble fall if it is slippery. You have to pay much more attention to the bathroom floor which is often slippery. Avoid using smooth and shiny floor materials and having stuff scattered all around the floor to prevent accidents. Family that has an elderly person in the house should be extra cautious as one time of tumbling can be harmful to their life.

Smooth and shiny tiles can be so slippery and cause accidents.

A good floor should not be slippery and free from any scattered object. (SHERA Floor Plank is used in the photo)

3. Electric appliances: electrical wires and appliances can cause electrical shorts if they are worn out, so they should often be checked on. Any worn-out or broken part, especially electrical wires, should be fixed immediately. Family that has a small baby should have the outlets covered to prevent the baby from poking them. Some appliances that seem harmless to adults can be harmful to children such as a running electric fan, a heated boiling kettle or a heated iron.

Fix worn-out electrical wires.

Cover the outlets to protect your children.

4. Bathroom: There are many risky spots in the bathroom such as the wet and slippery floor. The floor tiles should have a rough texture and the bathroom should be divided to wet and dry zone for more safety. An instant water heater should be installed up high away from the area where the water might splash to prevent electrical shorts. More importantly, do not forget to install ground connections and breakers. You may install rubber handrails over the bathtub and on the walls in the house where elderly people live for support.

Handrails in the bathroom or toilet can help prevent accidents.

Install an instant water heater with ground connections and breakers for safety.

5. Kitchen: Kitchen knives and fragile utensils such as glasses or ceramics should be kept well and away from children's reach. Plus, while cooking you should be careful not to allow children to get near heated and electrical appliance being used without someone looking after them as accidents can occur unexpectedly.

Keep fragile stuff away from children's reach.

Children should be looked after when cooking in the kitchen.

6. Windows and Balcony: These are the spots where accidents can easily occur, especially with children who like climbing. Keep the windows shut and avoid putting furniture near them as children may climb up over the furniture and accidentally fall down from the windows. The balcony's guard rail should be at least 90 cm. tall.

Keep the windows shut to prevent falling off.

The guard rail should be at least 90 cm. tall.

Other than the 6 spots mentioned above, dark or dim spots in the house can also be a cause of accidents, so don't forget to install some light bulbs or electric lamps throughout the house to ensure the family's safety.

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