Home is a great place to kick back and relax. You can spend time hanging out with your family, friends and pets. Sometimes, however, we spend so much time looking and experiencing the same things around the house that it becomes very easy to overlook the potential dangers in the room.
On the surface, common household items like a rug or sink might not sound very dangerous, but in certain circumstances, they could lead to injuries. It is important to be aware of the potential dangers that surround you.
Use the interactive challenge below to find all of the hidden dangers in your home. Start by choosing a room and then click on the dangers when you spot them:
Click to Find 6 Kitchen Dangers
Poisonous chemicals under sink
Cleaning supplies like bleach or window cleaners are actually harmful chemicals. They can be very dangerous if they come in contact with your eyes, mouth or even your skin. Never touch them without the proper protection.
Stovetop burner on without pot
Leaving the stove burner or electric burner on without someone watching is a fire hazard and can also lead to painful burns. Never touch the knobs on a stove.
Curtains near toaster
Never use a toaster if it is near a window curtain, hand towel or water. This can quickly lead to a fire in the kitchen.
Wires near water
If a wire from a powered appliance comes in contact with water, it can cause a potentially deadly electric shock. To prevent this, never keep your wires near water.
Knives in soapy sink
Sometimes, when a sink is full of soapy water, the dangers that lie beneath the water, like the edge of a sharp knife, can be hidden. Just like you should always look for rocks or other dangers before you leap into water, you should never stick your hands into soapy sink water if you can’t see what is inside.
A spilled glass of milk or bottle of water can become a dangerous slipping hazard. Always clean up after a spill using a paper towel or mop.
Click to Find 4 Bathroom Dangers
A slippery, tiled bathroom floor can lead to bumps, bruises or broken bones if you happen to fall. After taking a shower or bath, make sure you stand on a mat while drying off.
Plugged in hairdryer near tub
Electricity and water are a deadly combination. Never go near water with any type of powered appliance like a hairdryer or hair clippers.
Pills spilled on the floor
If you ever find pills or medicine, never put it near your mouth. Taking medicine that is not meant for you can be very harmful to your body.
Bleach on the floor
The white powder that is used to clean the tub or toilet is a powerful chemical. Even the smell alone is enough to be damaging to your health. If you ever see a bottle of bleach on the floor, never touch it.
Click to Find 5 Living Room Dangers
Curtains near fireplace
Fireplaces are a great way to warm your house on a cold, winter day. But, you should never use them without supervision. Be sure to keep potentially flammable items clear from the flames, such as window curtains.
Every shelf in the house has a weight limit. If you stack too many items, like heavy books on it, the shelf can potentially break. Stack the items too high, near an edge or unbalanced, and they can easily fall off and hurt the unlucky person standing nearby.
Lit cigarette burning in an ashtray
Smoking is not only dangerous to your health, but it can also be a potential fire hazard. Never keep a burning cigarette in an ashtray.
Too many plugs plugged into one outlet
If you ever see an outlet with more than two things plugged into it, this could be a potential safety hazard. Try using a surge protector to help lower the risk of a fire hazard.
Turned up rug
A rug is a great decoration that can tie a room together, but it can easily become a tripping hazard. Always watch your step and be mindful of your surroundings.
Click to Find 5 Garage Dangers
Rake on the ground
A lawn tool that has sharp edges, like a rake, can quickly become painful if you step on it or trip over it. Always keep your lawn tools out of the walking areas.
A car or lawnmower can leak fluids onto the garage floor that can be dangerous to your health. Oil slicks can also be a fire hazard if even a spark of fire touches them. Be sure to clear away any potential electrical equipment.
Cleaning solutions, gasoline or other harmful chemicals should never be in reach. If you ever see that a chemical has spilled, be sure to clear the area immediately and alert someone.
Paint up on shelves teetering near edge
Garages are great storage areas for various tools or home improvement supplies like paint cans. Many can be heavy and dangerous when they fall. Keep heavier items lower near the ground.
Saw blades not properly stored
Saw blades are made to cut heavy pieces of wood, so they are incredibly sharp. The razor-sharp edges can cause a very painful injury. Always keep saw blades properly stored away in their cases and handle with care.
Click to Find 5 Backyard Dangers
If you are using a ladder, always be sure it is placed firmly on the ground and isn’t wobbling. It is always safer if you have a partner to help keep things steady.
Hole in the yard
Large or small holes dug by a person or animal can become hazardous if you forget they are there. They can lead to leg injuries or worse. If you dig a hole, be sure to properly mark it, or fill it in!
The honey bee is a friend of nature, but you should always respect their space. Avoid large hives where you see lots of bees. Upsetting them—even if accidently—can cause them to sting you.
Barbecue on fire
Never leave a barbecue unattended. If the flames gets out of control, they can be hard to put out and easily spread throughout the yard and potentially your house.
Broken glass near recycle bin
Recycling glass is great for the environment, and using your recycling bin is the correct way to dispose of it. But, if you ever spot broken glass on the ground, be sure to clean it up completely using a broom. Even a small shard of glass can cause dangerous cuts and gashes.