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We would all like to think we were safe in our own homes, but the truth is many of us aren’t quite as safe as we might think we are. Every year, hundreds of thousands of accidents happen in the home, and while many are the result of trips, falls – and the like – typical hazards we are all aware of, our homes in fact contain far more hazards, and are much more dangerous than might first appear.

Dangers in the home lurk everywhere and take different forms. We live hand in hand with these dangers and the risks they pose to us daily, often not giving them a second thought as we go about our busy lives. But they do exist and are simply accidents waiting to happen.

Here take a look at the ten most common dangers to health and well being in the home – some of them expected, common sense, that many of us have experience of: other risks not so well known or common, but dangerous never the less.

Extension Leads & Overloaded Sockets

Overloaded sockets.

Overloaded and damaged extension leads are still one of the biggest causes of home fires in Britain. It’s a fact our homes are filled with an unprecedented number of electrical appliances and gadgets. But all too often, excessively loaded extensions, overheat, and are the cause of house fires. Similar risks occur due to overloading wall sockets, and through damaged extension leads and cabling. Hiding electrical cables and extension leads under carpets is particularly dangerous and accounts for numerous incidents.

Water Taps

Hot Water Taps

Hot water is a danger in the home which affects the young and old alike – as well as many unsuspecting victims in between. Ensure your thermostat or water heater is set correctly, to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Paint & Treatments

Paints

Paint products when not handled and stored correctly are extremely dangerous. Yet it is surprising how many people think more of the mess they can leave if spilt, rather the devastating consequences that can result of leaving out a highly flammable and toxic poison.

Space Heaters

Heater

Space heaters during cold weather are a life saver for many – but they can also be a life taker if not used with care. Space heaters are one of the most common causes for household fires, particularly bedrooms, and should always be placed at least a metre, preferably more, from a bed, furniture, curtains, and any other flammable materials. Never leave a space heater running during the night when sleeping.

Humidifiers

Humidifier

A humidifier generates steam or a water mist; releasing the steam in an area and can be helpful in alleviating coughs and colds. However, many people don’t realise that a humidifier can have an adverse on the respiratory system if not maintained and cleaned thoroughly, as bacteria and fungi can colonise and grow in the tank and disperse into the living spaces.

Clothes Driers

Clothes Driers

Not the most obvious danger to come to mind in the home perhaps, but clothes dryers present the twin threat of potential fire and child entrapment – two critical factors of importance in the family home. Always ensure the lint trap is kept free from excess contaminants as this poses a fire risk.

Freezers

Freezers

Keeping a second freezer is a great idea, extremely handy for capitalising on the supermarket special offers, if you have the space. These second freezers are often sited out of the way, in the garage, utility room, or basement, and can be helpful in saving money. But all too frequently, children are becoming trapped inside these freezers and suffer extreme injury and distress, or worse.

Some newer models have an opening device located inside, but many older models don’t, and present a danger.

Windows & Blind Pull Cords

Blinds

There have been many painful reports of children and pets being injured and killed by window and blinds cords in recent years, prompting many householders and parents to change to cordless blinds. If you still have pull cords, make sure they well out of harms way, beyond the reach of young children and higher than your pet’s head and neck.

Dishwashers

Dishwasher

The dishwasher for many is the best thing since sliced bread, an absolute can’t-be-without, but they can be dangerous and pose the risk of injury due to a number of hazards. Dishwashers if not used, cleaned, and maintained properly offer perfect living conditions for bacteria and fungi, which can have all sorts of implications. And secondly, because of their convenient size, small children can easily access sharp, dangerous eating and cooking utensils like knives and cutting blades.

Cookers

cooker

The stove, or hob, and oven, we’ll call it collectively, the cooker here, is one of the most dangerous household appliances, and can be a killer so easily if misused, abused, or left alone unattended. The dangers from cookers can include fires, burns or electrocution. For these reasons, many homeowners prefer to let the professionals install and repair cookers.

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