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How homeowners can prevent injuries

As the holiday season begins, many people will host guests in their California homes. Homeowners have an obligation to ensure the safety of their guests. A previous blog discussed the situations in which people are responsible for an injury. This blog will explain how people can keep injuries from occurring at their homes.

Many of the injuries which occur at a home can usually be prevented. According to HomeInsurance.org, people should usually make sure doorways and stairs have enough lighting so no one trips. If homeowners have welcome mats and other rugs in front of doorways, they should generally ensure these mats will not slide and cause someone to fall. Additionally, hallways typically need clear paths and some homeowners may want to make sure all shoes and toys are put away so no one trips over them. 

People should also think about the children who may be visiting their home. Electrical outlets should typically be covered and any sharp edges on countertops should also have some sort of padding so children are not harmed. Some homeowners may have guests in their pool during the holidays and it is important to ensure that someone is always watching to ensure no one slips on wet concrete.

If homeowners will have guests staying in their home over the holidays, it is important to ensure all areas of a house are safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that stairs typically need to be uncluttered and they should have rails so no one falls. If young children will be staying in the home, people may want to consider putting up safety gates so the children do not fall down the stairs. Additionally, homeowners usually need to ensure people will not be harmed in the shower. Nonslip mats and grab bars can help prevent guests from falling and incurring injuries. 

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