Most accidents and fatalities happen in the home. That is why it is paramount that you abide by common sense safety rules. Here are some basic tips as to what precautions to take so that your home is as safe as possible.’
Develop a family fire escape plan. When you are in a fire you have less than three minutes to get out or you could succumb to smoke inhalation or burn to death. Components of a good safety plan include marking two exist out of every room, posting essential emergency phone numbers and designating a safe place for people to meet outside the home.
Install a sprinkler system. These offer protection because they can put out a fire while it is still small.
Keep a fire extinguisher. It is recommended that you keep at least one fire extinguisher in your home. If you can only keep one then be sure it is in the kitchen so it can put out grease and oil fires.
Keep a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms shriek when smoke is detected by the sensor. They save lives by alerting people to the presence of smoke that could be from a budding fire.
Install heat detectors – These are units that respond to changes in temperature and go off if an area is too hot. They are usually found in areas such as laundry rooms, garages and attics.
Carbon Monoxide detector – Carbon monoxide detectors can be used as a preventative measure against C02 poisoning. Each floor of a home should have one detector and there should be one in a furnace room.
Toxic Mold – To prevent toxic mold from growing keep a dehumidifier going in moist areas of your home.
Radon Testing – Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium, which can be found in nearly all soils and can make its way into a home. A professional can come in and test the radon levels in your home and if they are high a vent pipe system and a fan that pulls the radon out from beneath the house can vent the toxic gas to the outside.
Poison control – Lock up all poisons such a pest-control and cleaners in a cupboard so that they are completely inaccessible if you have children. Always have the number of your local Poison Control Center posted in a prominent place. Keep all medications, including over-the-counter medications secure and out of the reach of children.