Make your home an ever safer place for your family by regularly updating your home safety checklist.
Sound the Alarm Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your house, covering all sleeping areas. Test all alarms on a monthly basis, and replace any faulty ones. Replace batteries every daylight-saving time change, or sooner if they start chirping. Keep alarms and detectors clean and make sure the grills are dust-free.
Outlet Overload Check for overloaded extension cords and make sure that you follow the recommended wattage usage. Consider adding additional outlets in areas where you rely on extension cords. Childproof unused outlets, and don’t run cords loosely across walkways or under rugs. Replace frayed wires, and make sure that all major appliances are grounded.
Escape Plan Practice a fire escape plan with your family so everyone can get out quickly and safely. Draw a map for each floor in the house, and identify two exit routes for every room. Purchase collapsible escape ladders for the upstairs rooms. Set up a meeting place in case of a local or national disaster.
Sharper Objects If you have children, keep knives, scissors, and other sharp objects in childproofed drawers, and install a dishwasher lock so children can’t access any sharp or breakable objects. Keep the garage door locked, and lock up any tools and dangerous machinery or equipment.
State your Number Make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the street, and ensure that the number painted on the curb is not obstructed or worn off. Don’t put your name on your mailbox, only your house number. Consider getting a locked mailbox.
Color me Safe Store any used and unused paint cans in a safe area away from children. If you have an older house, check for any peeling paint or lead-based paint to avoid poisoning. When repainting, consider using VOC-free paint, natural paint, or milk-based paint.
Highly Medicated Make sure all medicine and vitamin bottles have childproof caps, and store all bottles where they can’t be reached by children. Consider purchasing a locked medicine cabinet. Regularly check the expiration date of used and unused medication, and check if your local pharmacy has a medical disposal program.
Fire Extinguishers Place portable fire extinguishers in all rooms, and make sure they are easily accessible. Practice with your family how to use them safely and properly. Regularly check the expiration date, and check the canister for cracks and corrosion. For bigger fires, don’t rely on your fire extinguishers but quickly leave your home and call 911 from a safe distance.
Name your Poison Safely store away any hazardous materials such as cleaning agents, disinfectants, batteries, fertilizers, and garden insecticides. Many indoor and outdoor plants are poisonous to children and pets; look up reputable agencies and websites, such as http://www.cdc.gov, for lists of poisonous plants and what to do in an emergency.
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