Increasing safety around your house doesn't have to be a costly affair. Step beyond just checking the smoke detectors with these inexpensive fixes.
Photo by Kinsey.
At the financial and frugality blog Get Rich Slowly they've highlighted dozens of simple safety fixes that range in price from free to around $US40. The fixes are divided into categories like prevention of falls, poisonings, fires and burns, and more. From the section on falls:
Each year 5.1 million Americans are injured by falls that occur in and around the home. Falls are the leading cause of home injuries and account for one-third of unintentional home injury deaths.
- Put a nonslip mat or safety treads on the tub floor and use grab bars when you get out of the shower: $US4-$10.
- Turn on area lights when using stairs, steps, and landings: $US0.
- Use handrails on both sides of stairs and steps, and shoo pets away from your path (I know, easier said than done): $US0.
- Use a proper ladder for climbing instead of a stool or furniture: $US0-$30.
Check out the full article at the link below for more ideas. Have a tip of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Home Safe Home? 27 Safety Precautions Under $US40 [Get Rich Slowly]