Home Safety Month Tips
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This month we are reminded of the importance of home safety, not only for our homes but for our families too. There are several safety hazards in a home that are important to be aware of.

Below are a few suggestions on how to improve your home’s safety:

• Install child locks on all cabinets.

• Prepare your home for hurricanes and storms.

-Gather supplies
-Check your sump pump
-Secure your outdoor air conditioning unit
-Turn off your air conditioning system and the thermostat as well as the circuit breaker, in case of a power surge
-Cover up the air conditioner once turned off
-Move loose objects indoors

• Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.

• Cover outlets with safety plugs.

• Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.

• Use non-slip strips or floor mats to prevent falls.

• Always keep the bathroom as clean and dry as possible to prevent falls and moisture issues.

• Never block or pile things on a heater or near heat-exuding appliances.

• Have every combustion appliance checked annually by a professional to ensure they are not releasing carbon monoxide indoors. As a backup install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

• Clean out the lint screen between dryer loads. Failure to do this can cause a fire hazard. Lint from dryers is a leading cause of fires in homes.

• Make sure your family has an evacuation plan in place in the case of an emergency.

Following the home safety tips above can make your home a safer place to live for you and your family. For more home tips check out our additional blogs and resource library articles.

Source:
http://www.firecorps.org/prevention/219-home-safety-month-resources-and-tips-