Not only is the month of June National Safety Month, but also National Home Safety Month, as designated by the Home Safety Council. We know that “a man’s home is his castle,” but how many of us have looked around to see how many hidden dangers are lurking in our castles?
- Does your family have an evacuation plan in case of fire?
- Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?
- Do you know how to extinguish a fire on the stove or oven?
- Have you ever left your house with the washer or dryer running?
- Do you leave candles unattended?
- Do you unplug appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, waffle irons, after using them?
- Do your stairs have ample lighting at top and bottom to prevent falls?
- Are there hazards in your house that might injure a child?
- Have you installed electric plug outlets, locks on medicines, and door latches?
- Are emergency numbers such as fire department, police, etc. posted in easy-to-find places?
- Do you have an emergency supply kit that will provide water, non-perishable foods, flashlight, medications, safety kit, etc. in case of a natural disaster?
- Is your water heater set for 120° F or less?
- Do you check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly?
- Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?
- When you leave for a period of time, do you make arrangements with friends, family, or neighbors to pick up your mail, papers, etc., in order to not tempt burglars?
- Have you done a check of an elderly friend or parent’s home to make sure there are no fall hazards, and that they have an alert device if they live alone?
- Do you use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower?
- Do you constantly supervise children in or near water, such as bathtubs or pools?
These are just a few questions that everyone needs to be sure they can answer. According to the Home Safety Council’s State of Home Safety in AmericaÔ reports, there are more than 21 million medical visits and almost 20,000 deaths that result from home injuries each year. The Home Safety Council’s goal is to educate and empower families and businesses to take actions that will make homes safe.
We feel sure that we all can look around and see things that we could do to make our homes safer. Those who work in the yard and gardens need to take precautions when working with machinery. Wearing eye protection, such as wraparound safety glasses or goggles, and gloves, are necessary to protect our eyes and hands. By keeping both the inside and outside of our homes safer, we can avoid those medical visits!