Cleaning Accidents 101
Slipping or falling while working around the house can happen in the blink of an eye! Most of us keep watch over young kids, big kids or ageing parents, but it’s also important to consider our own safety when cleaning. Accident prevention is something we have to think about all the time, a little planning goes a long way.
Here’s a few ways to “accident-proof” your home with cleaning in mind:
- Use anti-skid strips on the shower floor and in the bathtub.
- Put anti-slip backing on throw rugs and doormats.
- Repair or replace loose or frayed carpet.
- Make sure freshly mopped floors are dry before you walk across them.
- Never leave toys or loose items on the stairs – even if you’re tidying up downstairs and plan to take them up the next time you go up. Tripping hazards on the stairs are much too dangerous even for a minute.
- Don’t be a martyr and carry everything in one go. Whether it’s bringing groceries in from the car or clean laundry from the laundry room, take your time. Make two or three trips if you have to.
- Use a CSA-approved ladder when you need to reach up high. Don’t use a box or chair. And, while on the ladder don’t lean or reach too far. It’s better to move the ladder than end up in the hospital’s ER.
If you can, plan to have a cleaning buddy on-site for more difficult jobs. Decluttering your car garage, repairing ceiling fixtures and moving furniture around is easier, more fun and safer with someone there to spot you.