General safety in the home

Explore some simple steps you can take to stay safe in your home and prevent some of the most common accidents.

Preventing trips and falls:

  • Always use proper steps rather than chairs or stools to reach items at height. 
  • Avoid leaving items on the stairs - they can be a tripping hazard.
  • Ensure stairs are carefully maintained - damaged or worn carpet should be repaired or removed as it can be a tripping hazard.
  • Showers should have rubber mats to prevent falls from wet surfaces. Have mats or towels placed on the floor when getting out of the bath or shower.

Cleaning products should be stored and used correctly.

  • Use household cleaning products according to the directions on the label.
  • Mixing household products can cause dangerous gases to form.

The kitchen is where some of the most serious home accidents occur.

  • Plan your storage areas carefully so that heavy items are not kept on high shelves, and items in daily use are within easy reach.
  • Take extra care with hot water, tea, coffee or soup. If there are young children around, they could get scalded.
  • Keep pan handles turned inward so that children cannot reach them and tip them over.
  • Use a cordless kettle or one with a coiled lead so that children cannot pull on them.
  • Ensure that you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them regularly.


If an accident ruins some of the internal furnishings of your home, it is a good idea to have home contents insurance to cover any costs. Insure your home to protect your belongings and have peace of mind that you're covered if something goes wrong.

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