Safety Tips

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Installing a quality security system is an important step in keeping your home safe. But there are other “everyday” things and preventative measures you should also take to protect your family and property.

Periodic Tasks

  • 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.

Cooking Tips

  • 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.

Everyday Steps

  • 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.

Child Safety

  • 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.

Product Tips

  • 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.

 

Stair Safety

  • 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.

Holiday Safety

  • 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.