We all want to feel safe in our own homes. Accidents, especially tragic ones, aren’t something we want to think about. But when it comes to accidents, the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, is doubly true!
- Never leave standing liquids unattended. Stay within arm’s reach while your child is bathing or near any container of water. If the phone rings, let it ring! Stay with your child.
- Prevent tap water scalds by adjusting the temperature on your hot water heather to 120° F.
- Keep medicines and hazardous household chemicals locked up and out of sight. Use child-resistant packaging for medicines and hazardous household chemicals, and call 1-800-222-1222 if a poisoning occurs.
- Make sure your hair dryer has a large rectangular plug. The immersion protection device prevents electrocution if the hairdryer is dropped in water.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks’ settings in October and April.
- Have a professional check your furnace for carbon monoxide leaks, and your chimney for blockages; put a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area.
- Prevent electrocutions by installing a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in your household outlets.
- Installing Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI’s) can prevent electrical fires. AFCI’s can sense electrical art and trip the circuit.
- Babies on adult beds risk suffocation from hidden hazards, such as entrapment between the bed and wall; entrapment involving the bed frame, headboard, and footboard; or soft bedding such as pillows or thick quilts and comforters.