June is National Safety Month. And one of the most important places to feel safe, is at home. Ever since I was a little girl, I always felt that my home was the safest place I could be. I am sure most of us still feel the same way. I sure do! But now, I also understand the features in my house that I have to have checked in order to make sure we are all safe from bad things that may happen internally.
Let’s take a look my top five important home safety features and see if they match yours!
1. Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
The Consumer Product Safety Commission defines carbon monoxide as a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane and natural gas. The gas is produced by non-automotive consumer products, causing serious long-term health problems, and in some cases, death. On average, about 170 people in the United States die every year from carbon monoxide. Being aware of the symptoms could save your life. The symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning and tiredness. CPSC advises to watch out for the follow symptoms and to take precaution.
- Loss of Consciousness
If you experience any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, here are there steps to take.
- Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and leave the house
- See your doctor immediately or go to hospital – let them know that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. They can do a blood or breath test to check
- If you think there is immediate danger, call the Gas Emergency Hotline
2. Fire Extinguisher
Every home should have one and every homeowner should be trained how to use it. According to FEMA, different types of fires require different extinguishers (Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class K)
Class A – Extinguishers put out fires in ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
Class B – Extinguishers are used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, and oil-based paints.
Class C – Extinguishers are suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
Class D – Extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
Class K – Extinguishers are intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, such as those found in restaurants, cafeterias, and caterers. Class K extinguishers are now finding their way into the residential market for use in kitchens.
There are also multi-purpose fire extinguishers – such as those labeled “B-C” or “A-B-C” – that can be used on two or more of the above type fires.
Fire extinguishers need to be regularly checked to ensure that there is not blocked by furniture, doorways, or anything that might limit access in an emergency. Also, make sure all parts are operable and not damaged or restricted in any way. There should not be any signs of damage, such as dents or rust. Check to make sure outside of the extinguisher is clean. While writing this blog, I made sure to check where the closest fire extinguisher was to me, and it was right on my cubicle.
Check it out!
Just kidding, that’s a Fire Extinguisher Squeezie Stress Reliever. But the real one is very close to my desk.
3. First Aid Kits:
This is another must-have in homes! You never know when an emergency may take place, and having a first-aid kit on hand in very important for minor or major medical emergencies. My favorite is the Ultimate First Aid Kit. I keep this on me at all times. It has many important items for emergency situations. that I ordered for my house. It has EVERYTHING!
4. Security Systems
Have you ever thought about installing a home security system, but put it off because you didn’t really think you needed one? My home used to have monthly visits to the door from companies trying to sell security systems. My father would say no every time, until we heard of a few burglary incidents happening around the neighborhood. Security systems make your home more difficult to access, and therefore, deter potential burglars. The Home Safety with Harriest the Hippo Coloring Book is a great, fun tool to teach children the importance of home safety.
5. Keep the Home a Safe Environment for Children
All parents want the best for their children. And one of the most important things to have in a home, is safety. Of course accidents happen, and there will be minor scrapes and bruises along the way as kids discover new things. But it’s possible to ensure that kids can get the freedom that comes with being active and at the same time, avoid serious injuries.
Among children treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal choking incidents, almos 60 percent were food-related. Overall, 13 percent of cases involved swallowing coins and 19 percent involved candy or gum. Make sure little pieces are not lying around the house. In order to keep your child safe, try these techniques.
- Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs, and attach them to the wall if possible.
- Make sure all outlet covers are covered when not in use. Try the custom piece, so that you can print your specific logo and stay safe. The Round Safety Outlet Cover protects your children from possible wall outlet injuries.
- Teach kids about home safety with fun activities
Don’t forget: safety first!