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As humans, it is not enough to pray in faith and claim the promises of God for protection and preservation of our families from evil. Neither is it wise to profess without wisdom like the "pente-rascals" of our time: "It is not my portion", when we fail to play our part in maintaining safety. James the brother of Jesus wrote to encourage us to back up our faith in God with works (James 2:18, 20-26). While praying and manifesting faith on the one hand, we ought as believers to ("Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation...") (Mattew 26:41)

We are encouraged not to take careless risks as would be outlined in the course of this discourse, because God commanded "...Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God." (Mattew 4:7).

Creating a safe environment where your family can grow and thrive is a top priority. Thankfully, though a number of serious safety hazards lurk around the average home, most of these concerns can be addressed pretty easily.

Hazards commonly encountered at home include the following:

1. Falls: Injuries due to falls are one of the commonest household hazards. In fact, one out of five older adults who falls incurs a broken bone or a head injury. Slipping on wet floors especially after a shower, falling down the stairs and falling over scattered toys are potential risk factors.
Safety tips: Stabilise staircases and balconies, ensure dry floors especially tiled floors, avoid use of smooth bathroom tiles, ensure adequate lightning within the home. Teach your children to put away their toys after play.

2. Fires: Quite common and devastating. Candles and an unattended iron could lead to accidental fire outbreaks. Baking soda or sand is effective in stopping kitchen fires.
Safety tips: Never leave candles unattended to or near loose cloth like blanket and keep them out of the reach of children. Don't overload electrical outlets. Unplug electrical appliances like iron, toaster, electric cooker, electric jug, boiling ring, etc when not in use. Keep your gas cylinder outside the kitchen. Purchase a fire extinguisher in your home especially in the kitchen. People tend to think that it is not possible to fall victim to a house fire. But it is important to realize that it is in your own interest to know what to do should the unexpected happens. Have an escape plan and discuss it with every member of the family. The following steps are useful in the event of a fire outbreak:-
> Try to exist the house as safely as possible. Do not panic while trying to find your phone or valuables. Many have lost their lives in that process.
> Check for smoke before exiting through a door, because whenever there is smoke, fire is expected to follow.
> Try to ward off smoke if you can't ge out. This can be done by closing the door and covering all vents and cracks around it with cloth to keep the smoke out for as long as you can until you get help.
> Drop flat to the ground and roll if your clothes catch fire. Remember to cover your face with your hands as you're rolling. This will help to put out the fire quickly.
> Do a headcount. If anyone is missing, re-enter the building Only If It Is Safe To Do So.

3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It is a difficult threat to discern because it cannot be detected by smell, light or sound. Being a by-product of combustion, people are put at risk when exposed to smoke from fire wood and charcoal used indoors for cooking and heating, generator smoke, motor vehicle exhaust gas, oil-burning, etc. in an enclosed environment. Low levels of exposure can cause headaches and dizziness, while high levels can lead to vomiting, impaired vision, unconsciousness and even death.
Safety tips: Do not switch on generators within your apartment - kitcien, passage, etc. Ensure the generator exhaust points away from the window or doors. Don't burn charcoal or firewood indoors. As much as possible, avoid inhaling vehicle exhaust fumes.
Whenever you notice symptoms of poisoning as stated above, see a doctor as a matter of urgency.



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