Surprising household hazards.

July 11, 2015

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips from Erin Doan, State Farm Insurance, Scottville,

Your home has well-lit stairways, household cleaners in an upper cabinet and smoke detectors with fresh batteries — so it’s safe, right? Here are some potential household dangers you may not have considered:


  1. Electronic appliances: The advanced features on today’s high-tech appliances make them easy to use. But electronics can short circuit and lead to kitchen fires. From burner ignitions that turn on “by themselves” to refrigerator lightbulbs that stay on and overheat, watch for warning signals: Display panels often flash unusual messages if there’s a problem.
  2. Powered-up treadmill: The rotating belt can cause friction rashes, broken bones and snagged clothing in an instant. Keep the treadmill in a closed room, turn off the power switch (or unplug it) and store the safety key away from the machine so that children can’t accidentally turn it on.
  3. Refrigerator magnets and coin/button batteries: Though convenient, small magnets are potentially dangerous for your children. Keep the magnets high and out of reach. Beyond a choking hazard, if swallowed, they can harm kids’ stomachs and digestive tracts. The same is true for coin lithium “button” batteries. Tape shut battery doors on items powered by coin batteries so kids can’t access them.
  4. Malfunctioning garage door: Regularly test your garage door to make sure it operates smoothly and retracts when an object is in its path. If not, it could injure anyone walking or standing underneath. Call a professional if the garage door, spring, or sensors need repair — you shouldn’t tackle this job yourself. They can ensure the correct installation necessary for your safety.
  5. Plastic packages: Trying to open rigid “clamshell” packages with knives or scissors can cause cuts and puncture wounds. Plus the sharp plastic can gouge skin. Instead, use tin snips, a manual can opener or scissors specially designed for this purpose.



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