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Ultimate Home Safety Guide

GENERAL SAFETY FIRE SAFETY KNIFE SAFETY FOOD SAFETY OVEN SAFETY BATHROOM SAFETY CHILDREN'S SAFETY ULTIMATE HOME SAFETY GUIDE MICROWAVE SAFETY LIGHTNING APPLIANCE SAFETY GARAGE SAFETY SAFETY Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in or near each bedroom. * If possible, buy combination alarms that have both types of sensors, photoelectric and ionization. Always make sure furniture and other objects are not blocking heaters or heating vents. Have a fire escape plan in place and practice it with your family every six months. ★ Make sure you have fire escape ladders on hand for 2S Homes with children should secure * Test the alarms monthly and replace the batteries every six months to a year. safety gates at the top and bottom of any staircases to prevent falls. * Make sure the gates are secured to the walls. any upstairs bedrooms. 1 DURING A LIGHTNING STORM: * Stay off of corded phones. More candle fires occur in December than any other month of the O Do not overload electrical outlets. * Always unplug appliances when not in *Don't touch electrical cords or equipment. * Stay away from windows and doors. Add childproof Tocks to all cabinets, including those that may hold sharp objects, medicines, or cleaning supplies. year. use. * Stay off of porches. Never leave a knife in a sink of soapy *Avoid unnecessary plumbing; the dirty dishes in the sink and that shower should wait until the storm has passed. water. * Keep a flashlight next to the bed, for when you have to use the bathroom late at night. Let falling knives fall. Do not try to catch them. * Do not lean against concrete walls or lie on concrete floors. Create a safe zone for children in the Teach your |kitchen. children proper Do not wear long, loose sleeved shirts knife safety. | while cooking. Consider adding a glow-in-the-dark doorknob cover. Never leave water in the bathtub when it's not being used. Keep knives away from counter and cutting board edges. Keep your eyes on the cutting board and avoid distractions. Keep matches |and lighters far away from children. Do not throw anything on top of a knife so that it can't be seen. * Keep the kitchen floor clear of obstacles, such as * Do not let raw meat, poultry, or fish sit out on the counter. These foods can spoil quickly, refrigerate or freeze them immediately. Watch where toys. Always turn on the light upon entering the bathroom. O Rinse out all toys thoroughly after each bath and air dry them. you put the knife down. S Mount flat-screen TVs directly to the wall. This will prevent them from toppling Always keep the floor clean andA Secure any and all top-heavy furniture to the wall using brackets, braces, or free of obstacles. over. wal straps. If you find your hot water is too hot, lower the setting on your hot water heater. * The most commonly suggested setting is 120 degrees Fahrenheit or "medium" on some heaters. Always use shower curtains made from heavy plastic. If an appliance doesn't function, has broken wiring, or smells funny, replace it. Install shower stools, grab bars, tub rails, and bath benches as necessary. Get a toilet lid ock. Cover any V Install a carbon unused electrical outlets with plastic covers. monoxide detector on each floor of your Unplug and lock up āll electrical appliances after using them, this includes |hair dryers, straighteners, and other beauty products. house. * Make sure they are near sleeping areas and a minimum of 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances. Every two weeks, clean the tub toys with bleach and water. Use 1tbsp of bleach for each gallon of water. Let the toys soak for 2 minutes, then air dry. Add bathroom rugs that have a rubber backing. The leading cause of garage related injuries is a lack of organization; make sure everything in your garage is properly stored and secured, especially fuels and other combustibles Avoid spongy, wooden, or porous bath toys. These retain Never leave a young child alone in the bath. If you need to answer the door or phone, wrap your child provide an ideal in a towel and take |them with you. moisture and can breeding ground for bacteria. Keep the garage floor clean and clear of all hazards. Never leave a motorcycle, car, or SUV running inside a Dog houses are not "safe shelters. * Dogs on metal runners or chains are garage. especially vulnerable to lightning strikes. Bring your pets inside! A building with electricity and/or plumbing counts as a "safe shelter." E Keep children securely strapped in when they are using swings, high chairs, carriers, or strollers. After you finish cooking, keep the burners or coils clear until they are completely cooled. Cut Correctly. Use the correct size and type of knife for the job. * Separate raw meat and poultry from other food to avoid cross-contamination. Keep your garage door opener in safe condition and proper working order. Never use a grill, generator, or camping stove inside your home, garage, or near a window. S Keep all adult sporting goods in locked cabinets. This includes items such as archery sets and hunting knives. IF A GREASE FIRE OCCURS: * Quickly cover the pan with a larger pan. Always clean and dry knives after each * Do not use water to extinguish a grease fire. Instead, use use. baking soda or a class B dry chemical extinguisher. * If the fire is inside the oven, close the door and turn off the If you choose to own firearms, store them unloaded and securely locked in a gun cabinet or a location inaccessible to children. The National Rifle Association strongly recommends that children be taught basic gun safety from an early age. ш иN controls. S Mark sliding glass doors with decorations or decals. * Install window guards to prevent window falls. For windows above the first floor, make sure Store bathroom chemicals, medicines, and cosmetics far out of reach of children. the guard has an emergency release. Keep safety caps on all medicines. Always clean up spills immediately, to avoid slipping on them. Test the bathwater before getting into the bathtub. If you have difficult getting in and out of the tub or shower, install grab bars to aid this process. * Towel racks and soap dishes are not grab bars and should not be used as such. Avoid electrocution and Treat items coming out of the microwave with the never use electrical appliances while standing in water, or close to the shower or Use a step stool to safely reach items that are higher up. same precautions as items coming out of the oven. Simply because a food container is not hot to |the touch, does not mean the food inside will be cool. tub. Keep a clean oven and stove top. Leftover grease and food can catch fire. E Add the Poison Control Center toll-free number Use a metal or glass screen in front of the fireplace. This will prevent sparks from igniting nearby objects in your home. 1-800-222-1222 to your home and cell phones. * Also, post the number on the refrigerator, just in case. Keep children out of the kitchen when using the oven. Add a childproof Tock to your oven. UJU Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, preferably a type 2A10BC; make sure it is charged. * If the fire begins to Always exercise caution to avoid burns. Always be aware of children before moving any heavy or hot item. spread, call the fire department. Never use the | stove top to attempt to heat your home. U Always remove place mats and tablecloths when children are present. Kids may pull or tug on these, which can Turn all pot handles inward, away | from the edge of the stove. cause hot items to overturn. S Store all of your cleaning materials in one cabinet, lock the cabinet. * Wash your hands before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Store knives in a knife block, away from children. * DURING A EARTHQUAKE Add a night light. * If you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power. Do not use space heaters in the bathroom! * If you're indoors, stay indoors. Either stand against an interior wall or get Put a rubber bath Do not allow appliance cords to hang over the edge of the counter. Children mat in your tub or | shower, this can prevent slipping on the slick surface. under a desk or table. E Keep young children away from electrical appliances. * Avoid the kitchen, as it can be particularly dangerous during an earthquake. may pull on these and injure themselves. Mortgage Calculator .net SOURCES: || | | | | | | | | | |

Ultimate Home Safety Guide

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