With a change in season there comes a need to give the home a good spring clean, in preparation for the warmer months.
First Aid For You is encouraging Australians to take care when spring-cleaning the home to prevent serious accidents and consequential visits to the emergency department.
There can be many hazards when cleaning, by following some simple steps, the process can be injury-free and completed quickly in a safe environment.
1) Have the kids cared for by family or friends
If possible, organise a play-date for the kids, so they won’t be underfoot and ultimately creating more mess.
Alternatively, assign simple age-appropriate jobs to them, responsibility is an essential value and skill for children to learn, which cleaning can reinforce
2) When cleaning / mopping the floors, ensure they are completely dry
Slips and falls are preventable; dry the floor with an old towel to speed-up the process. If someone should fall, apply ice on the injured area immediately, if you’re concerned about a potentially broken bone visit your local doctor or medical center
3) Take the opportunity to “accident-proof” the medicine cabinet
It’s also a good time to dispose of expired medicine/prescriptions, which can be disposed of at your local pharmacy, should cleaning material(s) be ingested call Poisons information center on 131126 112 or 000 immediately.
4) Never climb a ladder alone
Always ask your partner, a neighbour or family friend to supervise.
Even for brief periods, it is vital that an adult is on hand to assist should an accident occur
5) Have a well-stocked first aid kit
Keep this in a place where all family members can reach it and know where it is.
Aside from taking simple precautions when cleaning this spring, learning some first aid basics will put your mind at ease and you can rest assured that should an emergency situation arise, you will be prepared!
Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Please share your safe cleaning tips below.