As spring quickly approaches, so does the time for an important yearly tradition: spring cleaning. Most people focus on picking out old clothing to donate, cleaning in places that are normally missed such as cabinets and behind the couch, and refreshing their home as a whole. These cleaning rituals become hazardous the older a person gets.
You may find yourself needing to use a step stool to reach high-up places, moving heavy furniture, and dealing with a cluttered space as you sort through your belongings. As a result, it’s important to recognize when a situation might put you at risk of an accident and to know when to ask for help.
In addition to these potentially dangerous situations, you also need to remember to check on other aspects of your living space that are important for your safety. Your annual spring cleaning is the perfect time to do so.
To help you prepare to declutter and clean your home, here are 4 spring cleaning safety tips.
1. Clear Out The Unnecessary Clutter
This may seem like a no-brainer, but clutter is easy to overlook when you’re used to seeing it every day. Having too many appliances on the kitchen counter leads to easily avoidable accidents. For example, you risk water coming in contact with wires, which puts you at risk of electrocution.
Leaving appliances plugged in also raises the risk of accidentally starting an electrical fire. If you find you’re not using a kitchen gadget every day, put it away to avoid having extra wires in the way while cooking to protect yourself from accidents.
The kitchen is not the only room that needs to be de-cluttered. Stray objects and poorly positioned furniture that get in your are not only unsightly, but they also might cause you to fall and trip.
Make sure to clear a path in every room to prevent an unfortunate injury. If there are any rugs in the room, ensure it is securely in place on the floor with no raised edges with a rug mat. This will prevent raised edges and potential sliding that throw you off balance.
While you’re cleaning, also avoid heavy cleaning tools and ones with wires that you might strain yourself with or trip over. These basic home safety tips can keep you safe while doing your spring cleaning.
2. Get Rid of Old Medicines
Another tip for spring cleaning safety is to get rid of old medicines. When you get a prescription from the doctor or even medications that are over the counter, it’s easy to forget about them when they’re no longer needed.
Checking the medicine cabinet for old and expired drugs prevents the risk of using something that will no longer work or might cause harm. Expired medications have changed chemical compositions meaning they might not work, or even make a condition worsen. Old medicine might also be growing harmful, microscopic bacteria or mold that would be harmful if ingested.
You’ll also want to open all of the bottles to make sure medications are stored properly and in clearly labeled containers. Having pill organizers and bottles labeled correctly lowers the risk of taking something incorrectly.
Lastly, all medications should be stored in cool, dark, dry places meaning the hot, humid cabinet in the bathroom is a poor choice. Instead, opt to keep them in a well-sealed container in a closet.
3. Check All Safety Features in The Home
During spring cleaning, it’s easy to forget about safety features like fire alarms and extinguishers, carbon monoxide monitors, and emergency kits, but they are all crucial to keeping you safe in case of an incident. Taking the time to check on these life-saving accessories once a year can prevent a tragedy.
Make sure batteries in the fire alarms and carbon monoxide are still working and replace them if needed. Don’t forget about the fire extinguisher in the kitchen. While fire extinguishers don’t technically expire, they need to be replaced every 10-12 years. You’ll also want to make sure this fire fighting device is in good working order, such as checking for cracks and ensuring the safety pin is locked and sealed.
Another good thing to keep in the home is an emergency preparedness kit. These kits keep you safe during natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes.
Check on this kit during your spring cleaning to make sure nothing is expired. If you don’t already have one, buy the supplies and build one yourself. Some important items to include in your kit are:
- A flashlight
- Water (at least one gallon)
- Three day supply of non-perishable food
- First-aid kit
- Extra batteries
- A battery-powered or hand-crank radio
4. Ask for Help
If you need to accomplish a spring cleaning task that is potentially hazardous, ask for help before starting it. Spring cleaning includes moving heavy furniture to clean underneath it and climbing on top of counters and step stools to do dusting that is higher up.
These chores lead to strained muscles, injured backs, and even falls. Having a cleaning buddy to help move heavy items and stand by to catch you in case of a tumble will keep you safe and prevent any serious injuries.
Although spring cleaning seems like yearly torture, getting someone to help maximize your safety and make it much easier. Remember to also take your time to do everything safely and properly so you can enjoy your freshly cleaned home.
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