Home safety checklist: Safety supplies to have around the house

Utilize this safety checklist to keep the home safe by preventing fire, avoiding exposure to toxins, preparing for household accidents and environmental hazards.
A house is not a home unless it is safe – from fire, toxins, household accidents, and environmental hazards. Utilize the following checklist of safety equipment and procedures in order to ensure that your home is safe at all times.

Fire Protection:

The most important fire safety item is a smoke detector, and the home should be equipped with at least three per level. It is important to check the batteries once a month and make sure smoke detectors are in good working order.

Home safety checklist: Safety supplies to have around the house

Prevent fires in the home by keeping all matches and lighters out of reach of small children. When burning candles, make sure they are completely extinguished and not still smoldering before leaving the room.

When burning a fire in the fireplace, never leave the fire unattended. Always utilize a spark proof safety grate around the fire to protect any rugs in front of the fireplace from catching on fire. Have the chimneys cleaned once a year to prevent chimney fires.

Check electrical outlets and cords periodically to ensure that they are not defective. Always keep clothing and fabric away from heat sources such as radiators. In the kitchen make sure that no paper goods or other flammable objects are near the stove.

In the event of a fire, the home should have a fire extinguisher for every level of the house. Keep one in the kitchen at all times and check it periodically to make sure it is still in good working order. Educate family members on the proper use of the fire extinguisher.

Institute a fire safety plan for the family with an agreed upon meeting spot in case of fire. Discuss evacuation methods from several portions of the house. If the house has more than one story, a sturdy fire safety ladder should be kept on the upper story and the family should practice fire drills using the ladder.

Toxin Protection

Place one carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the home. As with smoke detectors, the batteries should be checked once a month. Household chemicals and cleaning solutions, pesticides, and other poisonous substances should be stored out of the reach of small children, preferably in a securely locked cabinet.

If everyday cleaning items are kept under the kitchen sink, the cabinet door should have a child proof safety latch. If a poisonous substance is accidentally ingested, contact the local Poison Control Center immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by the poison control counselor or the family physician.

Household Accident Protection:

A well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity in a safe home in the event of cuts, scrapes, burns, or insect bites. The first aid kit should contain the following items: antiseptic, band-aids, gauze or other type of sterile dressing, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, antibiotic ointment of some type, and Ace wraps. Keep a gel pack in the freezer for bumps and bruises and always keep sun block lotion and insect repellant handy.

Environmental Protection: When power outages occur during a thunderstorm, the house should have one flashlight for every family member. Use flashlights instead of candles to prevent a potential fire. Always keep the pantry stocked with bottled water in case the water supply shuts off. Have an evacuation plan ready in the event of flooding and have a designated secured area in the event of a hurricane or tornado.

By implementing the elements of this safety checklist, homeowners can ensure a safe living environment for their families.

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