Home Safety

Home Safety is a series of simple and practical steps you can take to minimize dangers and potential injuries in and around your home.

Start with these basic home safety tips:

  • Look at each room in your home from the perspective of increasing child and adult safety within that room.
  • Pay special attention to how cleaning products and medicine are stored to prevent accidental poisoning.
  • Have maintenance performed on appliances with damaged wires or where a potential electrical hazard exists.
  • Buy an ABC rated fire extinguisher and train all family members how to use it properly.
  • Educate small children in fire safety and conduct regular practice drills.
  • If your home contains fuel-burning appliances such gas ranges, water heaters or furnaces, consider installing carbon monoxide detectors and learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If your home depends on a private well for your water supply, follow local boil orders during disasters.
  • Ensure your home is free of obstacles that can cause senior citizens or others to fall.
  • Teach children about yard and street safety when playing outdoors.

For more tips and in-depth information on how to make your home safe, visit the following sites:

Home safety: www.HomeSafetyCouncil.org

Fire extinguishers: www.fire-extinguisher101.com

Carbon monoxide: www.prepare.org/basic/carbmon.htm

Chemical hazards: www.safety.com/articles/household-hazardous-waste.html

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