Home Safety Checklist
Hidden hazards in homes can be dangerous for anyone, from seniors to babies. Consumer products can cause injuries to 33 million people each year. However, most of these injuries can be avoided. Prevention and hazard-proofing homes could save lives. Different ages and people with disabilities are more likely to sustain certain types of injuries.
Oakland Electrician Group treats preventable injuries every single day. We have the following recommendations for you and your family to keep safe.
- Make sure to keep emergency numbers handy on all your phones. These include the following: police, fire, ambulance, doctor, poison control hotline, and your doctor.
- Your house number should be visible from the street.
- Every floor should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. When you switch to daylight savings time, change the batteries at least twice per year.
- Clear out the clutter. Clear walkways and stairways of any tripping hazards
- Regular inspections of furnaces, hot water heaters, and other gas appliances should be done.
- Use kerosene and gas space heaters only in vented rooms. Never keep cars, bikes, or lawnmowers running in an attached or closed garage.
- Use ladders with caution Check for worn or loose parts. Only use on level, stable ground. Don't overreach.
- Protective footwear and eyewear are recommended when you mow the lawn.
- Protective eyewear is recommended when using power tools.
- Put decorative markings on glass doors to make sure people don't accidentally walk in them.
- It is worth considering having a phone connected to a landline. Cell phones can go out of battery and may not work in an emergency.
Safety Checklist for Children
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that approximately 4.5 million children are hurt each year by hazards at home. Safety should be taught to children at home, at school, and on the playground. It is important to know their address and how they can call 9-1-1. Don't leave your young children alone.
- Protect all electrical sockets that are not being used and keep cords away from children's reach.
- Protect furniture corners with sharp edges by installing protective padding.
- Safety latches, locks, and keys should be used on drawers and cabinets.
- Keep children out of danger. Safety gates should be installed at the top and bottom of staircases. If your child is able to fit through the rails, place guards on banisters or railings.
- Protect tall televisions and bookcases from tipping.
- To prevent falling from balconies, windows and landings, use safety netting and window guards. If window guards are installed, make sure that at least one of the windows in each room can be used as an escape route in case there is a fire.
- Vertebral blind cords should be tied.
- Doorknob covers can be installed on the entry doors to ensure that children are not allowed to leave the house.
- Nightlights can be used, but small plastic bulbs should not be reached by children.
- To prevent children from choking on rubber tips, remove them from door stops.
- All equipment recalls should be taken into consideration, even those for "hands-me-downs".
- To ensure that you are fully aware of the contents of your containers, keep drugs and chemicals out of reach.
- Protect your children's health by purchasing medicines, vitamins, and household products that have child-resistant caps.
- Toys with small parts and other small objects should be kept out of reach of children under three years of age. The object that fits easily in the cardboard center of a roll of toilet tissue can be a danger to your health.
- You should always keep firearms locked and unloaded. You should keep ammunition and firearms separate.
- Take all houseplants out of reach of children.
Specific to kitchens
- Place pots on back burners or turn pot handle inwardly on stoves.
- Keep sharp-edged appliances and glass objects out of reach.
- Plastic bags such as sandwich bags, baggies, dry-cleaning bags, and grocery bags should be kept out of reach.
- Make sure your crib meets current standards. Use a mattress that is firm and tight so that your child can't slip between the cracks and the crib side.
- Make sure crib slats are not more than 2/3/8 (6 cm) apart
- Avoid suffocation by not putting blankets, pillows, or other stuffed animals in a crib.
- Avoid putting babies to bed in adult beds. This puts them at risk of strangulation or suffocation.
- To prevent toy chests from locking, make sure they have lid supports and are not locked.
- You can install emergency release locks on your bedroom and bathroom doors. Or cover locks to prevent children from locking themselves in.
- To prevent scalding, keep your water heater at no higher than 125o F.
- When not in use, unplug curling irons or hair dryers.
- Keep any perfume, nail polish, or mouthwash in your bag. You should also keep any razor blades, scissors, or other sharp tools.
- In bathtubs, install nonskid strips.
- Verify that outlets are grounded by circuit breakers.
- Clear your walkways of all clutter.
- When an above-ground swimming pool isn't in use, remove ladders. Inspect swing sets for rust and sharp edges.
- Avoid sharp garden tools and lawn mowers for children.
- Install a 4-sided fence around your swimming pool with an automatic "childproof" gate.
- Fire extinguishers should be kept on each floor as well as in the kitchen.
- Keep matches and lighters safe in a locked cabinet
- A ladder is a good idea for emergencies at higher levels.
- Practice a fire escape plan.
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