Keeping It Safe During Spring CleaningBy Home Security Source Apr 19 , 2011 | 11:30:00 amPosted in: Home Security Tips
It’s springtime and for many of us that also means time to spruce up our homes. Spring cleaning is a tradition of the season, but it also has its hazards. Falls and poisoning
are two of the biggest causes of home injury, particularly when cleaning. You should always use a ladder
or stool when reaching for higher areas. Never go any higher on your ladder than is safe. Also it is a great idea to choose nontoxic products for your spring cleaning. A vinegar and water mixture is a great cleaner, nontoxic for adults and children and good for the environment.
Here are some spring cleaning safety tips from the Home Safety Council
• When cleaning out closets or re-organizing things, 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 young children. Never leave a bucket or any standing water unattended and store buckets empty and upside-down.
• Follow safety recommendations when using harsh products, such as wearing gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because their contents could react with dangerous results.
• Never use gasoline to clean something and never use or store gasoline in your home, even in tiny quantities. Gasoline vapors can explode with just a spark. If you must keep some, use a special safety container. Store it in an outside shed.
• When you clean out your cabinets, look at the labels on the products. If you see the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” be very careful. These products should be locked up when you are not using them.
• Remember to put things away so people cannot trip on them. Safely tuck away telephone and electrical cords away from walkways. In homes with children, make sure toys and other items are always safely put away when not in use.
• If you need to climb to clean something, use a stepladder or ladder. When using a ladder, stand at or 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 rungs are dry.
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