Is your home safe? Studies show that burglaries occur at an average of every eight seconds, 400,000 serious residential fires happen every year, and more child deaths result from accidents than from all diseases combined.
Though we can never be completely safe at home, we can take certain steps to dramatically reduce hazards and the possibility of injury or tragedy.
1. Make sure your home is fire-safe.
Test every smoke detector in your house by pressing the test button. If it doesn’t sound an alert, replace the battery.
Keep at least two fully charged, multipurpose fire extinguishers in your home: One in the kitchen area and one in the garage, located in clear view.
2. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
The surest prevention is to have a professional technician inspect flues and vents, chimneys, and any fuel-burning equipment.
3. Make your home more secure.
A home security system can protect your house and family from burglary, carbon monoxide, and fire whether you’re home or away.
4. Be prepared for emergencies.
Develop an escape plan and practice with a family drill. Each room should have at least two exits.
5. Make your home safe for children.
If you have a swimming pool, pond or hot tub, be sure kids can’t get to it on their own. Never leave children unattended near pools or tubs.
Additionally, if you have small children in your home, check for poisons or objects that could be ingested, and eliminate the potential for falls.