Creating a safe home environment should be on the top of everyone’s list of priorities because home is where you should be able to relax and re-energize, not where deadly accidents happen. Luckily, the U.S. is equipped with many emergency systems and departments that are ready and waiting to help in the event that an accident occurs, but if you could do something to prevent it altogether, wouldn’t you?

Parents aren’t the only ones who need to safe-proof their houses, and children aren’t the only ones in danger of being the victim of a tragic home accident. There are simple changes you can make to your home that will instantly eliminate an accident waiting to happen, and most of them won’t cost you a dime; and the tips that do cost a little coin, are absolutely necessary. After all, you bring the people and animals you love into your home and you wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to any of them, so what are a few changes?

Some of the hazards on this list will shock you because they might mimic something at your house, and in which case it’s important that you make some updates. Some of the accidents suggested on this list can even be deadly, so it’s time to stop putting off testing the safety of your home. Better safe than sorry, right?