1. Keep your house clutter-free to minimise the risk of tripping. If you have children, then chances are there will be toys and various household objects lying around, no matter how tidy you keep your home. Try to keep up with whatever’s left lying around and store things somewhere safe. Another common reason for tripping is because shoes are left in odd places – shoes, clothes and other items like this can have their own special place so there’s no excuses for leaving them lying around.
  1. Keep your house clean, especially in areas of your home that are prone to water spillage such as the bathroom and kitchen. One of the most common accidents in the home is from slipping, and you can minimise this risk by drying up any spillages as soon as you find them. Another reason you might slip is if you are showering in a bath – use a non-slip mat so that you don’t slip. In the winter, spread salt across any outdoor access areas to prevent a build-up of ice and to prevent accidents.

  1. Don’t venture on a mission for food in the middle of the night or your early morning coffee without turning the lights on. In darkness, our bodies rely on memory to navigate our homes. But this isn’t always fresh. You should turn the lights on to ensure that you can see where you are going, to prevent you from bumping into things and from slips, trips and falls. If turning on lights will wake somebody up, then consider using a handheld torch or a flash application on your mobile phone.
  1. Keep heavy objects, such as televisions, on a sturdy platform. Being hit by a fallen object can cause serious head injuries, or even death. There are numerous cases of children being crushed to death under a television – if that isn’t a warning to keep heavy objects on a sturdy platform, we don’t know what is. Also consider how you store things in your airing cupboards and in any garage, attic, and basement or loft. It goes without saying that sharp objects should never be able to fall on somebody.
  1. Wear chainmail gloves when handling knives, outdoors and in the house. Cuts from knives and other sharp objects are a common injury in the home. The same goes for outdoors, where Stanley knives are the common culprit. Also consider chainmail gloves for cleaning up broken glass and pottery. And when handling chemicals, wear protective rubber or latex gloves to prevent skin irritation and burns. Remember to always have a first aid kit nearby just in case, too.