Basic Safety Tips

Here are a few tips for basic safety around the house. There are more specific safety tips at the web address below that addresses safety for children, kitchen safety, bedroom safety, bathroom safety, outdoor safety, fire safety and safety for older adults and the disabled.

  • Keep emergency numbers on every phone; include fire, police, your doctor(s), ambulance service and the poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222).
  • Be sure to have at least one telephone in your house connected to a land-line, because cordless phones do not work in power outages. In addition, cell phones run out of power, and their service may be interrupted in an emergency situation.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor. Change batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
  • Install decorative markers on glass doors so that people do not walk into them by mistake.
  • Eliminate clutter. Keep stairways and walkways clear of tripping hazards.
  • Have furnaces, hot water heaters and other gas appliances, as well as chimneys and flues, inspected regularly. Never use kerosene or gas space heaters in unvented rooms, and never keep cars, motors or lawn mowers running in a closed or attached garage.
  • Be cautious when using ladders. Inspect for loose or worn parts. Use only on stable, level ground, and don’t overreach.
  • Wear protective footwear and eyewear when mowing the lawn.
  • Wear protective eyewear when operating power tools.

You can't remove all the safety hazards from your life, but you can reduce them. You can avoid major hazards and prepare for emergencies by doing the following things: Make a family emergency plan, make a first aid kit for your home, keep guns unloaded and locked up and lock up the ammunition separately, follow the directions carefully when using tools or equipment.

The above information was obtained from the following Web sites, please visit them for additional information: