Taking extra care with cleaning supplies around the house
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is something no one wants to hear at the urgent care clinic. In fact, few people ever want to be in an urgent care clinic. The trouble is, many of the problems that an these clinics treat could be avoided with some knowledge and a little bit of planning.
Feel like a trip to urgent care clinic might be just around the corner? Here are some tips to help you make your home safer and your family less accident prone.
Avoid the urgent care clinic: keep hazards out of children’s reach
Many cleaning supplies can be hazardous if swallowed. With many, even accident skin contact will require a trip to the urgent care clinic. Install childproof locks on kitchen and laundry room cupboards where you store these. Install locks on medicine cabinets in your bathroom, as well.
Make sure your medicines and prescriptions are properly labelled, too. Try to keep your prescriptions in the containers they came in, so no one mistakes them for something harmless. This also applies to cleaning supplies like bleach and ammonia.
Don’t forget cleaning supplies you keep outside, or in a tool shed or garage. Windshield wiper fluid, pool cleansers and pesticides can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen The kitchen is where most home fires can start. Never leave pans unattended when deep-frying, and watch out for overheating. Keep a home fire extinguisher that’s appropriate for grease fires in easy reach, and make sure that you know how to use it.
Make sure that your home is equipped with enough smoke alarms — at least one for every floor, set where smoke rises. Check them regularly to ensure they work and replace the batteries twice a year.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
Unfortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning cases are all too frequent at an urgent care center. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and deadly gas — that’s why it’s called the “silent killer.” Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, and regularly check that it’s working.
Remove slip and trip hazards
An area rug that slides on a hardwood or tile floor is an accident that’s just begging to happen. Secure it in place with non-slip carpet tabs or double-sided carpet tape.
Don’t string long extension cords across rooms, even along the wall. In heavy traffic areas like recreation rooms, family rooms and hallways, they can tangle feet. Even a bedroom is a bad place for an extension cord, because it’s hard to see them in the dark, such as when you wake up in the middle of the night to attend to a crying child, for instance.
Clean spills immediately
Water, grease or any liquid is a major slip hazard. Clean up all spills immediately to avoid falls.
Keep stairs clear
Storing items on a stair, even temporarily, is another tripping hazard. A fall down just five stairs required a trip to the urgent care clinic for this writer.
A light at both the bottom and the top of the stairs will help your family avoid any tripping hazards.
Put away tools
Making sure tools are in their proper place can prevent accidents for not only children, but adults as well. A major cause of trips to the urgent care clinic is something heavy falling from a height — such as a hammer hung on an insecure pegboard.
Keep a well-stocked first aid kit
Accidents do happen, even when you take measures to prevent them. Having a first-aid kit — or more than one — will ensure you’re ready to respond when needed. You can have one for the house, and another for each vehicle.
It should include:
- a list of emergency phone numbers, including poison control, family doctor and your pharmacist
- a first-aid manual with clear, easy to understand instructions
- disposable gloves — choose vinyl if you or someone in your family is allergic to latex
- digital thermometer
- bandages of different sizes
- a roll of gauze or gauze pads
- adhesive tape
- antibiotic ointment
- antibacterial wipes or cleaner
- pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- antihistamine tablets or liquid for allergic reactions
- hydrocortisone cream for rashes
- a one- to three-day supply of any medications you take regularly.
The safe home
People who work in an urgent care center in West Valley Utah have seen plenty of injuries that could easily be avoided. Take some time to prevent pain and anguish for you and your family. Otherwise, urgent care awaits.