Technology makes the home safer

We all like to think of our houses as safe places, but are they really? Statistics have revealed that at least a third of all injuries caused by accidence occur in the household, which also has the second highest incidence of accidental death of all places; only on the highway do more such deaths occur in a year. People slip in bathtubs or on wet floors, fall off counters or down stairs, get electrocuted and have other kinds of accidents. There are basic safety measures that can be taken to avoid such accidents and these can be supplemented by the many safety apps that can be installed on your tablet or smartphone. Of the five such apps discussed below, all are compatible with the iPhone and the price of each one is indicated.

1. Child Proofing Checklist

Because children are both more prone and more vulnerable to accidents than are adults, their safety should be a top priority for every family that has them. This app comes in the form of a checklist that contains all the things you need to do to childproof your home, arranged in categories so that you can easily navigate through it. Each time you complete something on the list, you can check it off. You can also mark items as N/A and update the list each time you access it. The price is 99¢.

2. Complete Home and Outdoor First Aid Course

This $4.99 app for the BlackBerry is designed to teach the first aid procedures to be followed in a variety of emergency situations that can occur in the house, including burns, cuts, scrapes, choking, poisoning, fractures, emergency childbirth, seizures, amputations and frostbite. Both videos and text for each lesson are given. Parents, teachers and coaches have all used this app, which was put together by a group of certified first aid professionals.

3. Emergency Info

Here is a simple app that contains all the information that paramedics, physicians and nurses ask of those they rescue: your name, address and phone number, people to notify and medical data (blood type, allergies, current prescriptions, the name and phone number of your personal physician and your health insurer). You can even print up a card for your wallet that lets emergency workers know that they can check your phone for all this data.

4. Food Safety at Home

Food that is not cooked thoroughly can cause disease, as can things that have been left for so long that they have attracted mold. The 99¢ Food Safety at Home app was made by food safety professionals and covers eight different topic areas:

  1. concepts: terms that chefs and other food professionals learn while training
  2. setup: information for creating a safe food environment in the household
  3. supply: the so-called flow of foods concept that concepts that helps you to consider how you buy, transport and store the things you eat
  4. prepare: preparatory steps to take before you begin cooking
  5. cook: safety tips to follow when preparing a meal
  6. serve: the proper way to serve food, both formally and informally
  7. store: how to store leftover food for later use
  8. clean: how to keep the kitchen and cooking tools sanitized

5. Living Safely

Living Safely, designed for the iPad, is one of the most expensive apps in existence, with a price of $29.99, but it is also one worth having because it provides self-directed lessons in safety based on “proven content” developed by the Attainment Company. More specifically it was created to be used by individuals with mental disabilities such as autism. It uses both Visual Impact, a “cognitively accessible” learning tool developed by AbleLink, and the AbleLink Instructional Media Standard, a multimedia training system that uses audio and visual media to provide multimodal instruction. (AbleLink, or Ability Online, is a Canadian online community for people of all ages facing mental or physical disabilities or chronic illnesses.) Learning sessions cover such topics as safety with fire, medicine cabinets, garbage disposals and washing machines, and cleaning dishes safely.

Author BIO: Katelyn Williams is a technology and lifestyle writer, and writes about helpful topics such as home safety technology advice and most popular outdoor surveillance cameras for your home.