Our homes are more than just property. They hold priceless memories and irreplaceable items with sentimental value. Make sure you’re keeping your family and home safe with these tips:
According to the FBI, more than 33% of home burglaries were the result of unlocked windows and doors in 2010. Keep all windows and doors locked, even when at home. You should also consider a home security system.
Fires spread quickly. Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. A working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying by 50%.
Additionally, carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty generators, heaters, water heaters, clothes dryers and motor vehicles. You cannot see, taste or smell the gas, which can cause injury and even death with exposure.
Make a recurring calendar appointment on your phone to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month, and replace the batteries every 6 months.
For more information about fire and carbon monoxide safety, visit Safekids.org.
Many household products are potentially dangerous if ingested. Keep all chemicals and fuel out of reach from children by installing childproof locks and doorknobs. Another good practice is to keep all products in their original packaging, so they cannot be mistaken for food. Flammable products such as fuels and fertilizers should be kept in cabinets with guards or childproof locks.
If you suspect your child has ingested a household product, contact American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1212 immediately.
Electrical fires are a leading cause of household fires every year. Discard or replace damaged electrical cords and appliances, and do not run extension cords under carpets or rugs. Cover any unused electrical outlets with plastic covers to keep children safe.
For more information about electric safety, visit the National Fire Protection Agency’s website.
In 2011 alone, there were over 2,300 recalls in consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food, according to USA Today. Recalled products can result in injury or damage to personal property. Keep track of all recalls by signing up for email alerts at Recalls.gov. There are also a number of free apps available that will alert you every time there is a new recall.