More than 20,000 Americans die every year after accidents in their homes. And, each year, 3 million more children and adults become disabled because of accidents at home. These are alarming numbers. But, what’s more alarming is that thousands of these deaths and injuries may be prevented.
Easter Seals and the CENTURY 21® System are working together to make everyone aware of some easy and important home safety tips. Take a few moments to check out your own home. This family checklist identifies some of the most common hazards, which will help you find and correct them.
For almost 30 years, the CENTURY 21 System has supported Easter Seals’ work to help children and adults with disabilities live fuller lives. But, whenever we can, we’d like to help families know how to prevent disabilities from happening in their homes.
CHECK FOR THE BASICS THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
■ Do you have protective screens in front of fireplaces?
■ Are candles kept away from walls and curtains?
■ If there are small children in your home, are windows and screens secure?
■ Is lead-free paint used on all surfaces?
■ Are furnaces and flues regularly inspected and cleaned?
■ Does everyone know two ways to exit your home?
TAKE STEPS TO CHECK YOUR STAIRS AND HALLWAYS
■ Are stairways free of clutter and throw rugs?
■ Are banisters and railings strong and secured?
■ Are all steps the same height and width?
■ Are stairways free of toys, tools and other objects?
■ Are young children protected by gates at the top and bottom of stairs?
KNOW WHAT’S COOKING IN YOUR KITCHEN
■ Are window curtains pulled away from your stove?
■ Are electrical appliances unplugged when not in use?
■ Do gas appliances have flue ventilation?
■ Are freezers and trash compactors locked to protect children?
■ Are knives and sharp tools stored in a rack or drawer?
■ Do cooking pot handles point away from the stove’s edge?
■ Are cleaning supplies stored out of children’s reach?
CLEAN UP ANY BATHROOM HAZARDS
■ Do tubs and showers have non-skid surfaces? Or mats?
■ Have grab bars been securely installed alongside the bathtub, shower and toilet – especially if Someone is elderly or disabled?
■ Are all electrical appliances kept away from water and unplugged after use?
■ Are all medicines (including vitamins) kept in locked cabinets – out of children’s reach?
■ Do you separate medicines for external use only from other medicines?
■ Do you throw away outdated prescription drugs?
MEASURE YOUR YARD FOR POTENTIAL DANGER
■ Is your yard free from glass, nails, yard tools and any other sharp items?
■ Do you check play equipment and lawn furniture for safe use?
■ Are clotheslines strung high – so no one will walk into them?
■ Do gardeners wear protective clothing and limit time in the hot sun?
■ Does the person using the power mower wear sturdy shoes?
■ Are children kept away from power tools when they’re in use?
■ Are gas and charcoal grills kept clean and lit carefully?
Congratulations for every “yes.” For every “no,” please correct the problem quickly. You’ll be
making your home sweet home a home safe home