Safety Checklist

Does your home have.............

 Smoke Detectors.  Smoke and toxic gases, not the fire, cause many deaths. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement and workshop, and especially near sleeping areas.

 Carbon Monoxide Detector.  Because CO is odorless, colourless, and tasteless, it often goes undetected.

 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters.  A GFCI is essential in circuits to bathrooms, laundry facilities, kitchens, swimming  pools, and outdoor receptacles.

 Fire Extinguishers.  A multipurpose dry chemical Class ABC fire extinguisher is the best choice for general home use.

 Emergency Evacuation Plan.  Make your plan now, before you need it. Have at least two exits from every room, and include all occupants of the home in practicing the plan.

 Flashlights.  Make sure the batteries are functional or use flashlights with built-in, rechargeable batteries. Keep the flashlights readily accessible at bedsides and in the basement.

 First Aid Kit.  Keep a well-stocked first aid kit (including ipecac syrup for accidental poisoning) in your home. Make sure everyone knows where to find it and how and when to use the items in it.

 List Of Emergency Phone Numbers.  Post a list of emergency numbers including police, fire, doctors and poison-prevention centres at every telephone in the home.

 Tagged Shutoffs.  Place tags on your home shutoff valves for gas, oil, and water, and the main shutoff for your electrical supply. Know how to safely turn off these services to your home in the event of an emergency.

 Step Stool / Utility Ladder.  A light-weight, sturdy step stool or utility ladder is necessary for those hard-to-reach places, for hanging pictures, and for cleaning and general home maintenance.


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