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Make Your Home Safe

The interior of your home can be very unhealthy for you and your family, especially babies, small children, and the elderly. The lifestyle you live, the toys you let your children play with, cleaning products, and other things in your home can make it a dangerous place to live.

Some materials that are brought into the home can be toxic and they may make you and your children very sick or cause accidents that could result in serious injury or even an untimely death.

There are several steps that a homeowner can take to make changes so the interior and exterior living spaces can be clean, nontoxic, and environmentally safe and friendly.

  • Check the labels on all cleaning products that you bring into your home. You can check the safety of the ingredients by going online and typing in their names, or by calling your states' products safety hotline.
  • Never use cleaning or any other products for purposes other than those specified by the manufacturer.
  • Keep all cleaning and hazardous materials in a safe place, out of reach of your children and away from pets and animals.
  • Make sure that glass bottles and small plastic objects are kept in places that are unreachable by small children.
  • Never leave plastic lying around, especially balloons, plastic wrap for clothing from the cleaners, candy bags or wrapping from cupcakes, twinkies, or other edible treats that can be swallowed accidentally by children.
  • To help prevent serious shock and possible electrocutions, cover electrical outlets and repair, or replace, any damaged or naked wiring. Never use electrical appliances while taking a bath or washing dishes.
  • Use corner edge bumpers on furniture and other hard objects to help cushion against falls.
  • Make sure that working smoke detectors are located throughout the home and check the batteries regularly. Plan fire drills and always have an escape route that is free of clutter.
  • Pick up behind yourself. Leaving clothes, toys, boxes, and other items on the floor can cause serious falls, cuts, and abrasions.
  • Remove mold and mildew buildup which may cause respiratory illnesses, rashes, and other diseases.

Your home should always be a safe place to live. Most accidents and serious injuries around the home are preventable and safety should start with you. Making your home safe doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are many other things that you can do yourself to make your home safe and sound just by taking a little time to find the possible problems and to make a few changes.

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