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Home Safety Tips

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Home Safety Tips

  • Store garbage and recycling materials in covered containers.
  • Set your home’s water heater temperature at no more than 120 degrees to prevent scalds and burns.
  • Keep patio door locked to prevent a child from opening it and going out and to prevent unwanted entry.
  • Install window safety devices so they cannot open more than four inches.
  • Install safety glass in large windows and French doors so they won’t shatter.
  • Keep all cords out of reach of children. Window covering cords are one of the products most frequently associated with strangulation of children under five.
  • Cover all electrical outlets that are not in use with safety plugs.
  • Do not use extension cords unless absolutely necessary.
  • Consider a safety gate or barrier of some sort at all open stairways. Never leave anything on the stairs that you can trip on.
  • Keep all cleaning products, pesticides and other volatile substances locked up.
  • Clean up spills immediately to prevent slips and falls.
  • Keep plastic bags out of reach of children to avoid suffocation.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the stove or countertop and use the back burners for cooking whenever possible.
  • Never allow a child to lock a bathroom door. Go in the bathroom with young children to assure this doesn’t happen. Never leave a child under 5 unattended in the tub.
  • Store all medications out of reach of children. Store children’s vitamins in a safe place. Overdosing on vitamins is among the top phone calls received by Poison Control Centers.
  • Do not have direct access to a pool from a house. If that is not possible, consider a water activated pool alarm.
  • Install a child resistant spring lock gate, self-closing and self-latching, with the latch at least 54 inches from the ground.
  • Don’t use glass of any kind by the pool. Install a phone by the pool so you’re not tempted to leave your child and use only battery operated radios and televisions by the pool.