Most accidents occur at home and many of them are preventable, so it is important that your home is as safe as possible. Here are some helpful tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on making your home a safer place for everyone. Basement safety tips can prevent avoidable accidents and injuries. Some ideas you may have thought of, some might be on your to do list, and some you may not have thought of. Plan to be safe.
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BASEMENT SAFETY TIPS
Smoke detectors are necessary on every floor – don’t overlook putting these up and checking them and replacing their batteries twice a year (when the clocks are changed for daylight savings is usually a good reminder.) Be sure to check your basement for radon, especially before buying a new home. If you already own your home…buy a detector now -not expensive – but very important.
Power Tool & Good Lighting
When using power tools, good lighting can reduce the chance that you will accidentally cut your finger. Either install additional light, or avoid working with power tools in the area.
Basement, garages, and storage areas can contain many tripping hazards and sharp or pointed tools that can make a fall even more hazardous. Keep an operating flashlight handy. Have an electrician install switches at each entrance to a dark area.
Avoid tripping hazards by using storage containers
Use a clean and empty outdoor trashcan to store things like rakes, shovels, or 2×4’s etc. so that they are not a tripping hazard. Upcoming article-Basement Storage.
Replacing a correct size fuse with a larger size fuse can present a serious fire hazard. If the fuse in the box is rated higher than that intended for the circuit, excessive current will be allowed to flow and possibly overload the outlet and house wiring to the point that a fire can begin. Be certain that correct-size fuses are used. (If you do not know the correct sizes, consider having an electrician identify and label the sizes to be used.)
Make sure that your circuit breakers are set up properly so that not too many electrical appliances are on the same circuit. (Again, if you are not experienced in working with electricity, hire an electrician to make sure your circuit breaker box is set up properly.)
3-Prong Adapters are important
Use a properly connected 3-prong adapter for connecting a 3-prong plug to a 2-hole receptacle.Consider replacing old tools that have neither a 3-prong plug nor are double insulated.
Appliances need to be properly grounded
Improperly grounded appliances can lead to electric shock. Check with your service person or an electrician if you are in doubt.
Protecting children from dangerous substances
Death may occur when people swallow such everyday substances as charcoal lighter, paint thinner and remover, antifreeze and turpentine. These poisons should have child-resistant caps, be stored in the original containers with the original labels, and be kept locked up out of sight and reach of children.