Below are some tips for preventing injury and wound infection in the various rooms of your house.
Taking precautions to limit the chance of in-home injury should not be a concern only when “baby-proofing.” Creating a safe haven from hazards should be a priority for every homeowner. According to the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the majority of accidental injuries occur at home. However, the old saying “accidents happen” doesn’t have to be true in your household. Below are some tips for preventing injury and wound infection in the various rooms of your house.
In the kitchen
- Invest in knife safety. Buy a block to store blades away from wandering hands. Replace dull knives or sharpen them using a good quality sharpener. Counterintuitively, dull cutting utensils are more likely to cause injury than sharp ones because they are more difficult to control. Use a cutting board that has rubber feet to prevent slipping. If your cutting board is not secure, Blue Apron recommends using a damp washcloth under the board to increase traction.
- Ensure cautious use of ovens and stovetops. Turn pot and pan handles away from the edge of the stovetop to prevent accidental spillage. Keep oven mitts nearby but away from burners. Also, avert fire risks by tying back long hair, avoiding loose-fitting clothing and wearing non-slip shoes when cooking.
- Thwart bacterial contamination by properly storing your food. Always make sure raw meat is securely packaged and contained to a separate drawer in your fridge or freezer. Improper handling of raw meat can lead to infection if it comes in contact with healing wounds.
In the bathroom
- Keep water temperatures below scalding. Sometimes there is nothing better than a hot shower or bath — but how hot is too hot? The Mayo Clinic suggests setting your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to avoid accidental skin burns. If you live in an apartment and do not have access to your building’s water heater, install an anti-scald valve in your bath or shower faucet that automatically stops flowing when water becomes dangerously hot.
- Stock up on mild soaps. Using gentle detergents for the body and face decreases the chance of dermatitis or pH damage.
Around the house
- Candles and fireplaces can be common sources of burns.Make sure candles and fires are properly cleaned before use and fully extinguished after you have finished.
- Secure your rugs. Fixing throw rugs and mats to the floor using rug pads or tacks will prevent family members from tripping over edges.
- Cover wounds when using cleaning products. If you have a cut that is healing, products that clean your home may do the opposite to your wound. The high chemical and alcohol content of cleaning products can burn and inflame the skin surrounding healing wounds, disrupting the wound healing stages. Using proper wound dressings is especially important when handling such toxic material.
While most household accidents happen to small children and the elderly, everyone is susceptible to becoming injured in the place they least expect it — their home.
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