Home cleaning accidents are more common than most people think. Check out these useful tips that provide you with the best ways to stay safe cleaning your property.
When you clean your home, it’s important to stay safe. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of injuries and even fatalities occur when people are completing mundane tasks around the property such as cleaning up the home. You need to be aware of the hazards and the dangers that are present during this activity as well as the mistakes that people tend to make.
Be aware that it is not just you who is at risk when you are cleaning the home. Your actions could put anyone at risk from a family member to a pet living on the property. Hazards can come from the environment as well as the cleaning products that we are using. When you are cleaning the home you need to make sure that you understand the instructions for the cleaning products you are using. Even using more than the recommended amount of a particular cleaning product could cause it to be hazardous.
So, how do you make sure that you are staying safe when cleaning your home. Well, this depends on the area that you are cleaning. You might be cleaning inside the property or around the exterior. Let’s start with the interior first before working our way to the outside of your home.
Keeping Safe Cleaning Your Home Interior
Some of the hazards that you can face around the inside of home include:
- Falling or tripping
- Poisoning yourself
- Irritating your skin
- Flammable materials
- Endangering children or pets
Avoiding Trips And Falls
To avoid tripping or falling over while cleaning, it’s important that you do clean up all the clutter before you start to complete any of your cleaning tasks. It’s so easy to trip up on items that have been left around. Besides, if you are cleaning you need to declutter anyway so you might as well do that first. Nothing should be left lying around the floor when you’re cleaning. You might want to get other members of the family involved in moving the clutter because it’s probably their belongings. By clutter, we’re talking about things like:
Basically, anything that could trip you up should be removed as well as any cords around your home. Don’t leave electric cords lying around because aside from the chance of them getting caught in the vacuum you could trip on them.
It’s important that you don’t rush around when you’re cleaning up your property. This is how accidents happen. So, if you’re walking up stairs keep one hand on the railing and don’t carry more than you can manage. You shouldn’t be carrying enough that it blocks your vision. Ultimately, you need to be able to see where you are going.
Avoiding Skin Irritation And Poison
This is all about making sure that you are checking the instructions of any products that you’re using. If they say that you should be wearing gloves, make sure you use them. Some cleaning chemicals are strong enough to give you third-degree burns!
You also need to make sure that you are not using dangerous cleaning solutions like gasoline. This is highly flammable and should never be used for cleaning around a property.
Do make sure that you are be careful to use the appropriate amount of cleaning products and do not leave containers open. Pets and young children can drink them if you do this and the liquids can get knocked over, spilling everywhere.
Staying Safe With Water And Cleaning Buckets
You might be using large buckets containing cleaning solutions. Or, you could be using buckets filled with water. There are two hazards to be aware of. First, do make sure that you are keeping watch of these at all time. They should never be left unattended mainly if you have pets. Second, keep electrical cleaning tools away from buckets of water or buckets of cleaning solution.
Accidents Outside The Property
Typical Accidents outside the property are quite similar to the ones you could face inside and include:
- Tripping or slipping
- Falling from heights
- Cutting yourself
- Fire hazards
- Poisoning yourself
Avoiding Slips and Falls
Avoiding Trips and slips is again about making sure that clutter is removed particularly around the garden. For instance, if you are cleaning around the walls of your home, you do want to remove any plant pots first. Wires of electrical devices should also be kept close to the walls.
One difference of cleaning outside the property is that you might be using a ladder. Ensure that the ladder is steady before climbing up it. If in doubt, get someone in the home to hold the ladder for you. Do not stand higher than the recommended safety rung. This will typically be the fourth rung for an extension ladder and the second for a step ladder. If you are climbing steps you must also always keep one hand free to use the railing.
Again, do make sure that you are following the instructions when using cleaning products. One of the issues outside is that people often think it’s okay to throw water cleaning solution in out onto the garden after they have finished. Do this and you can create a harmful environment for both you, your family and your pets. Pets will be most at risk but anyone could be harmed by the fumes released from the cleaning solution. Any rags used with cleaning solution on them should be discarded safely.
Staying Safe Using Equipment
You might also be using heavy duty equipment outside for cleaning. Make sure you read the safety instructions carefully and be careful with any sharp items. Do make sure that these are put away safely when you are finished.
Taking time to make sure your property is safe for cleaning will protect you, your family and your pets. It is well worth doing particularly when a lot of it is simple. All you need to do is:
- Read the instructions
- Take care using equipment
- Make sure the environment is safe
- Take your time