Household Safety:Preventing Burns,
Shocks, and Fires

Townhomes Risk
and Safety Guides

Communal areas are those areas of a house or a block of flats or an estate that residents have a right to use in common

  1. Entrance halls and foyers
  2. Stairwells
  3. Corridors
  4. Landings
  5. Kitchens & bathrooms
  1. Laundry & boiler rooms
  2. Gymnasium or swimming pool
  3. Parking and refuse areas
  4. Pathways
  5. Gardens
Electrical Installation Condition Reports

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age.

It is therefore important that you ensure that persons entering or use your property are not put at risk, by confirming that the electrical installation is maintained in a safe and serviceable condition.

A comprehensive periodic inspection should, amongst other things:

  • Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards within your electrical installation, highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or fixed equipment are overloaded, and identify any defective electrical work

The aspects to be covered include:

  • Safety or persons against the effects of electric shock and burns
  • Protection of property against damage from fire and heat, arising from an installation defec
  • Confirmation that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety

An electrical installation condition report should:

  1. Identify the area(s) and/or circuits of the property to which the report relates
  2. Identify anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures, which would potentially lead to burns, fire and other injuries and/or death
  3. Identify and damage and/or wear and tear that might affect safety
  4. Identify the results of inspection and tests carried out on the installation, to indicate the electrical installation is safe for continued use until the next inspection
  5. Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for future inspection and testing
Building Safety Hazards & Accident Prevention for Home Owners & Home Safety Inspectors
Building Safety Hazards & Accident Prevention for Home Owners & Home Safety Inspectors

Safety hazards and accident prevention for homeowners, building inspectors & workers: Here we list and describe common home & building safety hazards described & illustrated for homeowners, building owners, home inspectors

Basic Causes of Inspection Accidents
  • Ladder falls lead to injuries or death: Home inspectors and other building investigators and workers spend a lot of time on ladders. Our photographs (above and left) illustrate some of the crazy things people do to gain ladder access to areas of buildings. Above a worker attempts to steady a ladder placed on a table top.
  • Faulty Equipment, Components, Construction: “Hidden" flaw in attic pull-down stair causes stair collapse). Careful observation and training in hazard recognition address this cause of accidents.
  • Human Error: Failure to properly place ladder when entering attic causes a bad fall). Training in proper inspection procedures and proper equipment use address this cause of accidents.

Resources:

  • https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safety-burns.html
  • https://www.humanics-es.com/burns.pdf
  • https://kfblaw.com/news/landlord-responsible-burn-injury/
  • https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=facts-about-burn-injury-90-P02796
  • https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/electric-shock#1
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/electric-shock
  • https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-home/Living-areas/Is-your-heater-a-killer-20140603
  • https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/apartment-building-insurance.html
  • https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Electrical/Tamper-resistant-electrical-receptacles
  • https://www.naahq.org/july-2015/avoiding-chemical-spills
  • https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/
  • https://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/landlord_tenant/landlord-liability.htm
  • https://gringosabroad.com/electric-showers-are-they-safe-how-shocking/
  • https://arma.org.uk/downloader/bf8/ESC_Guidance_Communal_Areas.pdf
  • https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/top-five-most-common-areas-in-your-home-where-fires-start/115000977412
  • https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/preventing-accidents-in-the-home/
  • https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/apartment-fire-safety
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i5.pdf
  • https://www.safewise.com/blog/safety-hazards-to-watch-out-for-around-the-house/
  • http://www.flat-living.co.uk/advice/700-12-of-apartment-blocks-under-serious-fire-hazard-threat
  • http://www.klawnyc.com/common-apartment-safety-hazards/
  • https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/761339-How-to-attack-townhouse-fires/
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-deaths-by-state

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  • https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safety-burns.html
  • https://www.humanics-es.com/burns.pdf
  • https://kfblaw.com/news/landlord-responsible-burn-injury/
  • https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=facts-about-burn-injury-90-P02796
  • https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/electric-shock#1
  • https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/electric-shock
  • https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Healthy-home/Living-areas/Is-your-heater-a-killer-20140603
  • https://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/apartment-building-insurance.html
  • https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Electrical/Tamper-resistant-electrical-receptacles
  • https://www.naahq.org/july-2015/avoiding-chemical-spills
  • https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/
  • https://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/landlord_tenant/landlord-liability.htm
  • https://gringosabroad.com/electric-showers-are-they-safe-how-shocking/
  • https://arma.org.uk/downloader/bf8/ESC_Guidance_Communal_Areas.pdf
  • https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/top-five-most-common-areas-in-your-home-where-fires-start/115000977412
  • https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/preventing-accidents-in-the-home/
  • https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/apartment-fire-safety
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v18i5.pdf
  • https://www.safewise.com/blog/safety-hazards-to-watch-out-for-around-the-house/
  • http://www.flat-living.co.uk/advice/700-12-of-apartment-blocks-under-serious-fire-hazard-threat
  • http://www.klawnyc.com/common-apartment-safety-hazards/
  • https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/761339-How-to-attack-townhouse-fires/
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem
  • https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-deaths-by-state