When it comes to home design and construction, a truly unfortunate trend in recent years is having safety play second fiddle to aesthetics and functionality. Something that will have lasting consequences and impact quality of life for years to come.

Ideally, a home should be both welcoming and safe, not just for those who live there, but for guests and visitors. Overlooking safety can and will lead to serious accidents and liability issues for homeowners, and in this article, we uncover certain key risks that owners face today in this regard.

1. Slips, Trips & Falls

    The most common accidents in most homes are the age-old slips, trips, and falls, and while they may sound trivial, they can cause serious injuries for the victims, and large liabilities for the homeowner, especially when victims decide to seek for personal injury compensation.

    There are plenty of ways to mitigate these risks, and it starts by ensuring all walkways are clear of hazards, are well-lit, and properly maintained. For example, loose rugs should be secured with non-slip pads and all staircases should ideally have sturdy handrails.

    You are also advised to reconsider the glossy tiles, which might look stunning, but are a major source of slip and fall incidents, especially when wet.

    2. Fire Safety

      This seems like a no-brainer, but modern households have completely lost sight of potential fire hazards, and the damage they can cause. It also goes without saying that there is more to fire safety than merely installing a few smoke detectors.

      To start with, homeowners should think about the materials used while constructing and furnishing their homes. There are a few non-combustible materials that prevent the spread of fire, and there are a few other materials that act as an accelerant, making even small fires worse.

      In addition to this, having a fire extinguisher in place, alongside clearly marked escape routes can make a big difference in the case of fire emergencies. Owners should also ensure regular maintenance checks on heating systems and electrical wiring to prevent fires from being started.

      3. Water Woes

        Water damage is a stealthy destroyer of homes. Poorly designed or maintained plumbing can lead to leaks or even severe flooding, which in turn can cause structural damage or mold growth. 

        To dodge these issues, regular inspections of pipes, faucets, and the roof are essential. Homeowners should also consider installing water detection sensors in areas prone to leaks, like under sinks and near water heaters.

        Additionally, homeowners should not overlook the drainage around their property. Proper grading and drainage systems prevent water from pooling near the foundation, which can lead to seepage and serious damage over time. 

        Rain gutters and downspouts should be regularly cleaned and checked for blockages to ensure they function properly, directing water away from the house efficiently. This proactive approach can save a lot of hassle and expense in the long run, not to mention from liabilities arising from accidents.

        4. Security Measures

          Home security is often synonymous with alarms and cameras, which are important, but physical security starts with solid basics like locks and lighting. Deadbolt locks on doors and lockable windows can deter break-ins. 

          Additionally, motion sensor lights can surprise would-be burglars. It’s also worth considering the landscape design—tall, dense shrubs might enhance privacy, but they can also provide a hiding spot for intruders.

          While doing all this, however, make sure not to go too overboard with the offensive aspects of security. Because in certain parts of the world, if an intruder gets injured while trying to break into your home, you might end up being liable for the injuries caused to them. 

          Conclusion

          In conclusion, while it’s easy to get caught up in the latest design trends or the most cutting-edge home tech, safety should always come first. By addressing these risks, homeowners not only protect their property and their loved ones but also create a welcoming and secure environment for all who visit.