Keeping your family out of harm’s way is your top priority. But what we consider to be a haven of safety, our home, can be dangerous place.
According to the National Safety Council, preventable injuries and deaths continue to rise in homes and communities.
Here are five things that you can do today to make your home a safer place for your most precious asset – your family.
1. Smoke Alarms – According to the Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of all home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms on every level of your house including the basement and garage/workshop. Also consider placing one in every bedroom for extra protection. Test the batteries every month and be diligent about replacing batteries every six months.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Because carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless and odorless it often goes undetected. But it can be found near any fuel burning device. A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time. To guard against this silent killer install carbon monoxide detectors in a central location near all sleeping areas and on every level of the home.
3. Fire Extinguishers – Fire extinguishers are effective at putting out small, contained fires. Make sure all home occupants know how to properly use the fire extinguisher. Install them near exits and keep your back to a clear exit when attempting to put out the fire. If the room fills with smoke exit immediately.
4. Flashlights – Keep flashlights readily accessible near bedsides and in living areas and check the batteries regularly.
5. Emergency Plan – You should make your plan now, before you need it. Cover all emergencies such as fire, carbon monoxide alarm triggering, and extreme weather events such as floods and tornadoes. Establish at least two exits from every room and rehearse the plan regularly with all home occupants.
Most of these items you already have in your home, you simply need to perform regular checks to ensure they function properly. And the items you don’t have can easily and inexpensively be purchased at your local hardware store or online.