The second full week in January has been designated as Home Office Safety and Security Week. Millions of Americans worked from home at least some of the time before the COVID-19 pandemic, and those numbers have dramatically increased recently as businesses have shifted to remote operations to keep employees and the general public safe. If you work remotely, now is an excellent time to think about potential dangers in your home office and address them.
Look for Safety Hazards at Home
You may face a variety of dangers in your own house. Slip and fall accidents are common. Make sure that your home is kept free of clutter and that cords, rugs, and other things that someone could trip over are secured.
If you and your spouse recently began working from home and your kids are attending school online, you’re probably using electronics a lot more than usual. Your home’s electrical system may be struggling to keep up with the increased demand. Look around your house for fire hazards, such as frayed cords and overloaded or damaged outlets. If necessary, contact an electrician to have an outlet inspected or replaced or to have additional outlets installed. Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher and that every family member knows how to use it.
Keep your home office and the rest of your house clean and disinfect surfaces regularly. That can help prevent the spread of germs that could make you and your family sick and decrease your productivity.
If you don’t already have a desk and an ergonomic chair, those can be smart investments, especially if you will be working from home for the foreseeable future. Working in an area that is well designed and comfortable can prevent back and neck discomfort.
Order a First Aid Kit for Your Home Office
Making your home office safer can make you more productive and can also protect your family. Having a first aid kit may not have been at the top of your list of priorities when you made the shift to working from home, but it’s important. An accident can occur at any time, and being able to treat it right away may save you a trip to the hospital or prevent the victim’s condition from worsening before it’s possible to seek medical attention.
1st Aid Supplies sells first aid kits and cabinets that contain bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze, compresses, ointments, antiseptics, burn treatments, hot and cold packs, over-the-counter medications, and other supplies that can be used to treat a wide range of injuries and ailments. Order a first aid kit for your home office today.