Home life 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 issues that you may have overlooked, and take steps to keep your family and friends secure.
Make sure smoke alarms are installed outside bedrooms and 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.
Though not as deadly as CO, there are a number of sources of bad “indoor air” that can also affect your family’s health and well-being. Dust, pet dander and insect parts circulate through airtight homes, while mold is another hidden threat that can aggravate allergies and asthma. Practice regular cleaning and, if you have concerns, call for an indoor air inspection for a clear picture of what you’re breathing.
Trips and Falls
You can trip and fall at any age, any time. But a few precautions will help.
Keep stairways and hallways well-lit and remove tripping hazards, like toys or sports gear. Also, look for tripping hazards, in electrical cords and wiring from lamps, appliances or electronics.
Lock away medicines and vitamins and keep cleaning solutions, pesticides and other dangerous substances in their original, labeled containers, and out of the reach of children.