Here’s one New Year’s resolution you can keep: Help protect your family by making your home a safer place. Use these quick tips to get started.
- Use LED candles. They’re flameless but give your home the warm glow of a real wax candle. Many even flicker like real flames and are made of real wax.
- Add cabinet locks. Easy-to-install cabinet locks keep household products and chemicals stored securely and away from children.
- Wear safety glasses. Even simple projects can stir up dust, debris or shavings. Have a pair of safety glasses handy in the garage or workroom—and get in the habit of wearing them.
- Turn down your water heater. Prevent accidental scalding by turning your water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees. You’ll likely save money on heating your water, too.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm. These units detect levels of colorless, odorless and potentially fatal carbon monoxide (CO) in your home. Simplify your safety by installing combination CO/smoke alarm units on each floor. Check out more tips for the placement of alarm units from Consumer Reports magazine.
- Clean your dryer vent. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 clothes dryer fires occur each year—often ignited by accumulated dust, fibers and lint in the vent. Clean the lint screen after each use and make cleaning your dryer vent an annual routine.
- Secure your furniture. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that every two weeks a child dies when furniture, a TV or an appliance tips over and falls on him or her. Make sure your furniture is on stable flooring, and anchor pieces to the wall or floor.
- Post emergency numbers. Prominently display a list of emergency numbers in a central location such as on the refrigerator. Include 911, family physician and dentist, poison control, parents’ cell and work phone numbers, and the number of a close neighbor or friend.
- Limit extension cord use. Frayed or damaged cords can be fire hazards. Also, children and pets have been known to chew on cords, causing injury and electrocution. Use extension cords sparingly. Unplug and store them when not in use.
- Clear the stairs. If you place items on the stairs for the next time you’ll be going up or down, break the habit. One false step can lead to serious injuries.
Learn more about improving your home’s safety with tips from the National Safety Council.
The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantee of the results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.
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