Mar 26, 2018 12:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Your home should be a sanctuary. However, there are dangers lurking if you aren't careful. Take these steps to make your home safe.

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Safe Home

Keep the Floor Clear

Falls can cause serious injuries. Reduce fall risks in your home by keeping cords clear, avoiding loose rugs, and keeping items on the floor at a minimum.

Check Your Detectors

Every home should have at least one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector. Replace the batteries in both twice a year and test that they are working regularly.

Reduce Fire Hazards

When you are done using a towel or pot holder make sure it is clear of the stove. Keep other flammable items away from heat sources as well.

Child Proof Your Home

Kids will get into anything. Keep items like candles, medicine, household cleaners, and other chemicals out of their reach, in locked or child-proof cabinets.

Avoid Fumes

Be careful where you use gasoline or charcoal burning items. Keep them away from windows, doors, and vents. Also, do not use them inside your home or garage.

Test for Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is linked to lung cancer. You should test your home for it with a it you can get at any hardware store. If testing shows levels higher than 4 pCi/L, seal or vent your basement, and monitor your radon levels to make sure they lessen.

Make Your Home Smoke Free

Smoking is a horrible habit that makes your home less safe. Second hand smoke puts everyone at risk for health complications. Also, cigarettes can be a fire risk.

Store Medications Properly

Medications should be kept in their original bottles or containers so they can be easily identified.
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