Homelife can be busy in the Fall, and that often means more people are gathering there. Yet there are many hidden dangers that can cause illness or injury before we know it. So, give your home a once over for safety sites that you may have overlooked, and take these steps to keep your family and friends secure.
Make sure smoke alarms are installed outside bedrooms on every level of your home and test them monthly to make sure they’re operating effectively. Plan and practice fire escape routes too.
Fire prevention practices should also include:
- Cooking safety- Don’t leave unattended food cooking.
- Make it a habit to remove dryer lint, which collects in exhaust ducts and can catch fire.
- Make sure furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and gas appliances are vented properly and inspected annually.
Have you installed carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside your bedrooms? CO is an odorless, colorless, and deadly gas, and it can be produced by a malfunctioning home heating system. Have your heater tuned and checked prior to the heating season.
Trips and Falls
You can trip and fall at any age, anytime. Keep stairways and hallways well lit and remove tripping hazards, like toys. Look for tripping hazards in electrical cords and wiring from lamps, appliances, and electronics.
Lock away medicines and vitamins and keep cleaning solutions, pesticides, and other dangerous substances in their original labeled containers, and out of reach of children.