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Home Safety

Creating an environment where your family can be safe is the highest priority. Achieving maximum safety at home should be the goal and can be addressed quite easily if you prepare. Here are some common safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Injuries from falling are among the most common household hazards leading to potential broken bones or injured muscles. Wet floors, slippery stairs and scattered toys pose a high risk for potential falls. Hazards can be avoided by creating at least three feet of walking space throughout the pathways of the home. If an accident occurs, having a fully stocked first-aid kit is important to assist with injuries.

Another unfortunate occurrence is fires. The best way to avoid fires in the home is to make sure all appliances are in good condition and that no wires are frayed or exposed. To practice smart electrical safety, it is best to unplug small appliances like toasters and heaters when not in use to avoid overloading electrical outlets. 

It is also important to provide proper ventilation in the home. Closed windows in small spaces without proper air circulation can expose you to gases which can cause headaches or dizziness. Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect by smell, sight or sound, which is why fire and carbon monoxide detectors are highly recommended, especially in confined areas. Fires and carbon monoxide leaks can be prevented by monitoring detectors each month.

Knowing which precautions to take helps ensure your safety around the home. To protect your loved ones, create a plan for all members of your household to be a part of, have safety kits prepared in advance, do your research and remember to consult with professionals when necessary.

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