- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms.
- Practice “stop, drop, and roll” with your children.
- Have furnace cleaned and inspected.
- Cover spas and hot tubs when not in use.
- Clean lint out of dryer hoses.
- Hold a family fire drill.
- Roll up your sleeves before cooking.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
- Put hot food and drinks near the center of the table.
- Always keep an oven mitt nearby when cooking.
- Keep flammable items, like dish towels, at least three feet away from the stove.
- Tell children to stay away from stove and oven.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
To Do ASAP
- Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every level in your house and near all sleeping areas.
- Designate an outside meeting place for your family in case of fire or emergency, and make sure everyone knows the emergency exits.
- Turn down hot water heater to 120 degrees or less to prevent burns.
- Store all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Post your fire escape plan on your refrigerator.
- Remove any gasoline from inside home.
- Put non-slip strips on floor of tub and shower.
- Store cleaners and poisons away from food.
- Post the Poison Control hotline number (1-800-222-1222) next to your phone.
- Purchase a carbon monoxide detector if needed.
- Write down emergency contact numbers, post them by the phone, and give them to everyone in the home.
- Blow out candles before leaving a room or goinging to sleep.
- Use sturdy candleholders, hurricane lamps, or, even better, flameless candles.
- Put water on cigarette butts before throwing them away and have people smoke outside.
- Unplug small appliances, such as hair dryers and toasters, after use.
- Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent slips and falls.
- Keep medicine in original containers and lock them in a cabinet.
- Use a fireplace screen.
- Put on safety glasses before any DIY project.
- Use a ladder not a chair, when climbing to reach something, and wear proper footwear.
- Don’t hold hot foods or drinks while holding a baby.
- Test hot water with an elbow before allowing children to touch it.
- Use cabinet locks on cabinets that have poisons, such as antifreeze, cleaners, etc. Also, cover plugs.
- Flip over large buckets, so they can’t fill with water and become a drowning danger.
- Put infants to sleep on their back and remove drawstrings from their clothing.
- Cut toddler food into small bites.
- Use safety straps on high chairs and changing tables.
- Check www.recalls.gov to see if items in your home have been recalled.
- Move cribs and furniture away from windows and keep cords out of child’s reach.
- Remove all bags and small items from young child’s room.
- Look for the UL mark when buying appliances and ensure all major appliances are grounded.
- Turn space heaters off before going to bed.
- Install night lights in the hallway and put a flashlight in each bedroom.
- Use plastic instead of glass near the pool.
- Purchase a first aid kit.
- Store hair dryer off the bathroom counter and away from water.
- Purchase fire extinguishers and place them in key areas of the home.
- Don’t put plugged in extension cords under rugs or tacked up.
- Remove chipping paint and recover walls with low-VOC or VOC-free paint.
- Remove clutter from steps.
- Always use handrail when walking up or down.
- Install baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Place an escape ladder in upstairs room that may not have an easy exit.
- Use sturdy Christmas tree stand.
- Water tree Christmas tree daily.
- Keep Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Inspect your Christmas Lights for signs of damage.
- Don’t overload a socket with too many plugs.