Keep your home a haven with these guidelines.
Home Safety Month this June is a great time to eliminate hazards found in your home. Our homes are supposed to be welcoming places where we recharge and relax. Here are several tips for ensuring safety there.
- Maintain a first aid kit. Gather items you might need in case of minor injuries or in the event of an emergency. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's thorough checklist for first aid kit items. Remember to replace medicines or ointments that may expire.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. The easiest way to protect your home from fire and dangerous air quality conditions is to place detectors in bedrooms, hallways and living spaces.
- Keep stairs free of clutter. Falling down stairs can be fatal or cause lasting damage to the brain or the musculoskeletal system. Prevent falling down steps by removing all shoes, toys or books from the vicinity. Consider installing padded carpet at the base of stairs, and a handrail is a must.
- Double check furniture stability. Many preventable accidents occur in the home because heavy objects, such as a large television, aren't secure. If something is set on top of a table, check the manufacturer's warning for the weight it can hold and make changes accordingly.
- Lock away weapons and toxic materials. Keep harmful items away from children by keeping them in a locked cabinet or safe. The following items must be completely inaccessible to anyone but the responsible adult who owns them:
- Cleaning products
- Kitchen knives
If you experience a serious injury, call 911. Central Florida Regional Hospital's Emergency Services are ready when you need us. If you have any questions about your health or home safety, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service 1-800-445-3392.