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July 27th, 2010 7:01 PM

During the busy summer months, the first thing we think of in home safety is  when our homes are vacant due to vacations, or pool safety, especially for young children.   However, there are many other safety tips that are simple and inexpensive to do or practice.

The Home Safety Council estimates that home related injuries result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits, on average, each year.  There are measures you can take to minimize or prevent these risks.

Set your water heater at 120 degrees F or less.

Any outlets near a water source should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).

Do not bring your grill indoors for any reason.  It is not only a fire hazard but also poses a danger from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Install smoke and fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors,and radon detectors.

Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark on the label on electrical appliances.  UL is a global, independent organization that tests products for safety, establishes safety standards for products and promotes safety awareness and education.

Baking soda is a good fire extinguisher for grease and electrical fires.  Always have some extra on hand.

Replace any deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key.  A missing or hard-to-reach key can delay you from escaping the house in an emergency.

Just being aware of these simple safety practices can diminish the chances of any injuries or serious harm to family or friends.

Have a very safe and exciting summer!


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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on July 27th, 2010 7:01 PMPost a Comment

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