A Hazardous Home Is No Laughing Matter

We have all seen them. The movies and television shows in which people by a lemon of a home, only to be faced with major repairs that cost thousands of dollars. Before repairs are made, the troubles with the home cause injury that are comical to watch. Unfortunately, while these things are funny to see on the screen, they happen in real life and they are anything but funny.

Your home is your safe place. It should not be a hazard to your health. Here are the most common ways your home can harm you.

1. Chemicals

How many toxic chemicals do you have in your home? Are they locked up? It isn’t uncommon for people to keep their chemical cleaners where they can easily reach them. These easily-reached areas aren’t just easy for you to get to, they are easy for little hands and interested noses to reach. Keep all of your chemicals out of the reach of children and pets at all times.

2. Slips and Falls

You know how to walk, and you have the ability to do so. Don’t rely on that. Slips and falls account for thousands of accidents each year. Loose rugs, torn carpets, extension cords and other hazards can cause people to come off their feet and land on their backs. Keep an eye out for these hazards in your home and make sure they are repaired or remedied.

3. Clutter

There is a difference between “typical” clutter in a lived-in home and dangerous clutter. If you have things piled from floor to ceiling, in any room of your home, get it cleared. It only takes one accident to send everything tumbling around you and potentially on top of you or someone else in your home.

Accidents that happen in the home can be traumatic. While you won’t be able to sue yourself for your injuries, a guest in your home definitely could. Make sure that your home is not hazardous to your health or the safety of anyone else.

If you have been injured in Charleston through no fault of your own, call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your case and advise you of your options. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages and more. Call today for assistance.

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