Keeping All Living Areas of Your Home Safe
The following tips will help you keep the living areas of your home safe for children and your family.
- To prevent asthma attacks, eliminate sources of mold, dust, and insects, such as cockroaches. If you have a pet, keep it and its bedding clean and keep the pet off the furniture.
- If you must smoke, avoid smoking in the house, and especially around children.
- Make sure furnaces, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and gas appliances are vented properly and inspected annually.
- Use space gates to block stairways (and other danger areas), safety plugs to cover electrical outlets, and safety latches for drawers and cabinets.
- Keep children -- and the furniture they climb on -- away from windows.
- Install window guards (on windows that are not fire emergency exits).
- To prevent falls, keep hallways and stairways well lit and use non-slip backing for area rugs.
- Keep cleaning solutions, pesticides, and other potentially dangerous substances in their original, labeled containers, and out of the reach of children.
- Test homes built before 1978 for lead paint. Ask your doctor or health department if your child should be tested for lead.
- If you have guns or rifles in your home, store the firearms and ammunition in separate containers and lock them out of the reach of children.
- Learn First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- Keep an updated list of emergency telephone numbers, including your local poison control center, physician and hospital emergency room, next to every phone in your home.
- Have your home tested for radon. Make sure your family knows what to do during a natural disaster. In an earthquake, drop to the floor and get under something sturdy for cover. During a tornado, take shelter in a basement or an interior room without windows. During a hurricane stay away from windows. Have handy supplies of food, flashlights, and water.