Keep your family safe by doing a check around your home for dangerous household items. Here are a few tips on what to look for.
1. Wood Burning Stoves and Fireplaces
Burning wood in a stove or fireplace can give off dangerous fumes such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is practically undetectable to most people, because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are non-specific. The best way to detect any dangerous levels is to have electronic detectors. Make sure to have carbon monoxide and home security detectors throughout your home to alert you if these fumes accumulate to dangerous levels.
2. Area Rugs
Tripping and falling on an area rug is a common household occurrence. A fall can be especially dangerous for an elderly person. Throw rugs, like large area rugs or runners, are among the most hazardous household items. Throw rugs can be even more dangerous than stairs, since people walk across rugs more frequently than going up and down staircases. Remove any unnecessary area rugs from the home or secure them onto the floor firmly. Check the rugs periodically to make sure they're still firmly secured.
3. Extension Cords
Overloaded, outdated or poorly made extension cords are a leading cause of fire and injury. Purchase only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory. For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use. Never load an extension cord beyond its capacity, which should be clearly printed on its label. Be sure to replace cords that appear worn, frayed or burnt. Don't run extension cords under carpets or throw rugs where they can overheat.
4. Clothes Dryers
Clothes dryers present a double threat. One is a source of potential fire, the other child entrapment. Always be sure to keep the lint trap free of excess materials to avoid a fire starting. Make it a habit of checking the lint trap before using the dryer. Also, always supervise young children around the dryer.
5. Space Heaters
Space heaters are one of the most common origins of household fires. Never leave a space heater unsupervised. If you're leaving the room for more than a few minutes, turn it off. Always place heaters at least three feet from beds, furniture, curtains or anything else that's flammable. Also, always be sure to turn off space heaters when sleeping.
Keeping your family safe in your home is always a top priority. Taking extra precautions with household items helps keep you and your family safer.