June is Home Safety Month

June 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

The Home Safety Council has dedicated the month of June as Home Safety Month to bring attention to the serious problem of preventable home injuries and its leading causes: slips and falls, poisonings and fires and burns.

Unintentional injuries in the home result in nearly 21 million medical visits on average each year, but a few simple steps can dramatically reduce the dangers in most homes and may even make a lifesaving difference. The Home Safety Council encourages you to consider your home’s danger areas and take the simple steps below to minimize the risk of potential injuries, or even death.

Prevent Falls

• Have grab bars in the tub and shower.

• Use bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings.

• Install handrails on both sides of the stairs and steps.

• Use a ladder for climbing instead of a stool or furniture.

• Put baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs if babies or toddlers live in or visit your home.

Prevent Poisonings

• Lock poisons, cleaners, medications and all dangerous items in a place where children can’t reach them.

• Keep all cleaners in their original containers. Do not mix them together.

• Use medications carefully. Follow the directions. Use child resistant lids.

• Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas.

Prevent Fires and Burns

• Have working smoke alarms and hold fire drills. If you build a new home, install fire sprinklers.

• Stay by the stove when cooking, especially when you are frying food.

• Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

• If you smoke, smoke outside. Use deep ashtrays and put water in them before you empty them. Lock matches and lighters in a place where children can’t reach them.

• Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Blow the candle out if you leave the room or go to sleep.

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