Any concerned parent, cautious homeowner, or both knows the number of safety risks that the average home contains.

But home safety in many cases involves a little more than those plastic caps for outlets and preventing basement leaks. Even the storage you use in your home can be improved with a few safety tips and adjustments, and this can go a long way towards protecting your shelves, your stuff, and the people in your home. Read on for a few easy safety tips you can apply to the storage in your home to help it work a little easier:

Mount what you can to walls. We know some stuff already has to be attached to the wall by design, but a lot of other home shelves and storage can be made a lot more durable and reliable by attaching it to a nearby wall. Take things like wire shelves and even bookcases and mount them up against the wall using brackets or screws where applicable to help them support your items better and prevent them from any accidental spills or falls.

Mind weight limits. It’s pretty obvious advice, but you’d be surprised how many times someone exceeds the weight limit of a shelf or cabinet by accident. Check the manufacturer’s information that’s provided with each shelf to understand the weight limit of each shelf and avoid getting too close to that limit to prevent damage and/or injury.

Distribute the weight. Even if you’re under the weight limit, improperly-distributed products can contribute to tipping, breakage, and damage. Make sure your stuff is spaced out properly along the shelf to prevent any unbalanced loads from knocking things over - it’s kind of like the washing machine, but a little more...dangerous.

Hang wall shelves properly. Wall shelves are a great way to display your collectibles, photos, and knick knacks, but there’s some steps that need to be taken first before they can be installed correctly. Use a stud finder to make sure there’s nothing in the way of your mounting brackets or screws, and always make sure to use the proper screws recommended by the manufacturer (anchor screws, wood screws, etc) to keep it fastened in place.