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Home Safety

Home safety is an important part of preventative home maintenance.  You can avoid personal injury by following a few safety tips.

  • Avoid overloading extension cords and electrical outlets.
  • Turn off appliances when you are not using them.
  • Do not store flammable liquids such as paint supplies near heating units.
  • Keep flammable objects such as dish towels, curtains, and aprons away from stoves, and don’t wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
  • If a pan catches fire, cover it with a lid and turn off the heat.
  • If a fire gets out of control, immediately leave the house and call the fire department using a neighbor’s phone or a cell  phone.
  • Develop an escape route out of your house and practice it once a month with your family.


Disasters

  • Create a family disaster preparedness plan.
  • Establish a meeting place outside your home and the neighborhood in case of a community disaster such as flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, or radiological and hazardous materials accidents. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to contact each other if you get separated.
  • Establish an out-of-state contact (relative or friend) that you can call after the disaster to pass the word around that you and your family are okay.
  • Assemble a disaster survival kit and stock emergency supplies. You will need:
  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day.) 
  • A three-day supply of ready to eat canned meats, vegetables, and fruit for each person.
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each person.
  • A first-aid kit that includes prescription medicines.
  • One sleeping bag or blanket per person.
  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight and extra batteries. 
  • Special need items such as diapers, formula, baby bottles, denture and contact lenses supplies. 
  • A credit card, cash, or traveler's checks.
  • Tools and supplies such as paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils; a battery powered radio, flashlight, extrabatteries, non-electric can opener, tube tent, plastic storage containers, compass, matches and  plastic sheeting. 
  • Sanitation needs will include toilet paper; soap and liquid detergent; personal hygiene items; plastic garbage bags, plastic bucket with a tight lid; and household chlorine bleach.

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