Accidents at Home

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Let’s take a trip back to when you first moved into your new home. You were so excited to be handed over those keys. You were really looking forward to living in your new home. You had everything planned out. The colours of the walls, the carpets (in England carpets are fitted from wall to wall), the furniture. Everything. Except there was one thing which you had not planned at all. Accidents. They happen to all of us. The most organised and prudent family of all can fall victim to accidents. It is all about prevention. I’m no expert, though as I touch wood (a way to save yourself from future bad luck) I can safely say that as a result of my English teaching experience, lesson material research has resulted on finding extensive information on how to make your home safer.

First of all, what do you think the most dangerous thing is in your home? Is there any way at all that it might be  made less of a peril to your surroundings? Well, in my opinion and according to my research it is said that the bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the house, closely followed by the kitchen.

So what can happen in the bathroom? Well, I’ll leave you to think about that for a moment.

Ok, so let’s understand what happens in the bathroom. Water can sometimes be so hot that it can scald you. To avoid this an old wives’ tale suggested you always check the temperature by filling the basin or bath a little and use the tip of your elbow to test the water. However, I can’t guarantee that this is safe. In fact, I can’t guarantee anything I suggest here is safe. This article is solely for educational and entertainment purposes only. If you have an accident only you are to blame (or the manufacturer of a faulty item).


Slipping in the bathroom is a common accident and can be easily prevented with a few preventative measures. It is said that if you put a non-slip mat in the bath this can help. Also a non-slip mat next to the bath tub or the shower cabinet will prevent accidents. A non-slip mat next to the toilet could also save you from a fall or a slip.

So let’s look into the kitchen.

What accidents can you think of in the kitchen?

Almost anything can happen in the kitchen and often does in life. We are often distracted in the kitchen as we attempt to take on more than we can handle (manage). We lose concentration for a moment and before we know it we fall victim to a domestic accident. So what can we do to avoid accidents in the kitchen? First of all, we need to use the right equipment if we are handling hot items. These may be items such as pots and pans, pressure cookers, waffle irons, and roasting tins to name a few. Appropriate protective gear could be oven gloves. However, these items should also be checked regularly as they can wear out.

It is quite common that as we are cooking hot oil can splash up and burn us. To avoid this we should wear a cooking apron. However, it is difficult to avoid such accidents if you cook at a very high temperature. Other common accidents occur from spillages. This can be worse if the spilled liquid is an oil.

Pressure cookers can be incredibly dangerous and have similar properties to that of a small explosive device.  Just take a look at this video.

Thanks for reading.

Remember to be safe out there.

I repeat, anything you read here is for entertainment and educational purposes only. This is not a guide to avoid accidents in the home.

Here are some useful links on preventing accidents in the home:

preventing accidents in the home

Prevent Home Accidents



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