We all want a home that’s both comfortable and safe, but the safest of places can also be the most dangerous. It’s no exaggeration to say every home hides an assortment of potential risks that could put many families in danger. With that in mind, we offer you some home safety tips that are easily overlooked.

Kids, watch out

Kids love to grab things and move around out of curiosity. How we arrange our homes is essential to their safety. Make it a rule never put potentially dangerous items around them. Anything brittle (such as photo frames, vases, fish tanks and decorative glassware) should be kept out of reach of kids to minimise the chance of injury.

The same goes for sharp or pointed objects (like scissors, nail clippers or screwdrivers) and heat-emitting appliances (stoves, electric kettles and rice cookers). Every time your children want to enter the kitchen, make sure they have adults accompany them.

In kids’ eyes, anything in bite sizes can be put into the mouth. It’s important to keep drugs stored away properly, as well as other small, inedible objects such as silica gel. Other home safety precautions include installing protective covers on top of power sockets, safety locks on cabinet doors, corner fenders on furniture and grilles on windows. Curtain cords should be wound up and put away to avoid strangulation hazards.

Mom and Dad, watch out

It’s a good practice to carry out major house cleaning from time to time but unfortunately we have all heard of tragedies involving people falling out of windows while cleaning them. Never stick your head out of window. Use a cleaning pole for high windows or ceilings.

Many homes have hanging cupboards or shelves installed to increase storage space. Be sure they are attached on a structural wall. Light objects should be put on top level and the heavier one lower down.

Air-conditioning, television, massage chairs and the like offer us great comfort, but beware of connecting too many plugs to the same socket. It could lead to overloading. Any damaged electrical wires should be replaced by a qualified electrician.

Grandpa and Grandma, watch out

Elderly parents and grandparents are the most vulnerable to home dangers. Creating a safe environment for them is a must. Place non-slip mats at bathroom and kitchen entrances and inside the bathtub and shower compartment. Worn carpets should be replaced with new ones.

Old furniture should be regularly examined for any potential damage and always ensure adequate lighting.

Open the bathroom windows to facilitate ventilation if a balanced flue gas water heater is in operation as it may otherwise lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The traps covered above are just the tip of the iceberg. There could be many more hazards lurking in your home. Be sure to remain vigilant for any oversights that might put your family at risk. When it comes to home safety, we can never be too careful.

Date: 2015-02-24