Chores like re-organizing closets and tackling a thorough house cleaning can put families at even greater risk for falls and poisoning – the two leading causes of home injury in America. The Home Safety Council urges families to keep safe practices top of mind while cleaning up and cleaning out your home, garage and yard.
When cleaning out closets or re-organizing always keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear.
Carry loads you can see over, and keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings.
Five gallon buckets are often used while cleaning and present a serious drowning danger to your children. Never leave a bucket or any standing water unattended and store buckets empty and upside down.
Follow safety recommendations when using cleaning chemicals, such as wearing gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because their contacts could react with dangerous results.
Never use gasoline as a cleaning solvent and never store gasoline in your home. Even in small quantities its vapor can readily ignite. It is too dangerous to use gasoline for any purpose other than motor fuel.
When cleaning out cabinets, separate dangerous products and medication and lock them up, out of reach of young children.
Remember to reduce clutter and safely tuck away telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.
If you need to climb, use a stepladder or extension ladder. When using a ladder, stand below the highest safe standing level. For a stepladder, the safe standing level is the second rung from the top and for an extension ladder; it’s the fourth rung from the top. Before using, make sure the ladder is in proper working order and the rungs are dry.