Keeping your family safe is a top priority. Installing smoke detectors, childproofing cabinets if you have young children at home, and having fire extinguisher may be what you think of first, but there is much more to consider.
Be sure your “Home Sweet Home” is also your “Home Safe Home.” According to the Home Safety Council, more than 20 million medical visits each year are the result of home-related injuries.
Check out this home safety video to learn more about minor home improvements you can make to help increase safety. This interactive video takes you room by room to help identify some of the most common safety hazards, and provides tips for correcting them.
Commit just an hour to making your home safer and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Replace the batteries in smoke detectors.
- Be sure your hot water heater is set to 120 degrees or lower to help avoid burns.
- Take your family’s fire escape plan on your kitchen bulletin board or refrigerator.
- Add the Poison Control hotline (800-222-1222) to your mobile phone’s address book and tape next to your home phone.
- Check Recalls.gov for product recalls of common household items.
For more quick-to-fix ideas, visit the Family Handyman website.