At a recent event, I met the interior designer who had arranged the large stately room in which the gathering was held. It was a lovely space, but the designer was concerned about the safety of the marble floors and staircase.
To reduce danger, she planned to strongly suggest that her client install carpet runners or a nonskid coating on the steps and high-traffic areas.
Her concerns are well-timed. June is National Safety Month and the National Safety Council is launching a month-long campaign to improve safety at home and in the office. Home-related injuries cost an average of $1,300 per household in 2006, the National Safety Council says. To reduce accidents, it recommends the following steps:
• Fix loose or damaged carpets on floors and steps. Apply nonskid coating or ''slip-resistant mats'' on slippery floors.
• Tidy and declutter. Promptly clean up spills and pick up dropped items. Close drawers and cabinets after each use.
• Inspect ladders before and after each use.
• Install railings and ''grab bars'' in stairways and bathrooms in homes with older residents.
Household hazards also include defective products and contaminated food. You can register online for free recall bulletins from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the USDA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to Cathy at Chief Family Officer.
Warning: Given the volume of recalls, pick your targets carefully. You can also fill out product registration from the manufacturer after you make a purchase.
By registering a car seat, crib or stroller, you'll receive recall notices straight from the company. In some cases, the manufacturer will send a retro-fit kit to repair or correct the defective item, according to Cathy at CFO.