Home Safety Tips

Most of us view home as a sanctuary from the stresses of life. Ironically, our home can also be a place where many serious dangers and accidents occur. Burns, electrocutions, lacerations and broken bones are just a few of the injuries suffered by people in their homes each year.

TotalProtect® Home Warranty shares five home safety items the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that every household should include. All are available at national discount or home improvement stores…and could save you from becoming the next accident statistic:

1.     Smoke Alarms: Unless you live in a tiny studio apartment, TotalProtect emphasizes that one smoke alarm is not enough. Install alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom as well as in fire-prone areas like kitchens and living rooms. Also remember to check the batteries regularly. (Tip: Check the batteries when you change your clocks in spring and fall, and you'll always have that as a trigger to remind you.)

2.     Carbon Monoxide Alarm: This is especially important if you live in an older home that may have a buildup of poisonous air. Even small traces of monoxide can grow to dangerous levels during winter or summer when windows aren't opened as often and stale air is trapped inside.

3.     Corner and Edge Bumpers: While many assume these are for children or pets, we are all prone to run-ins with sharp edges, especially if we are in a hurry or the room is tight on space. Add bumpers to all sharp furniture and fireplace edges. Make sure they fit snugly.

4.     Outlet Covers and Plates: If you have little ones running around your home -- either the two-footed or four-footed variety -- make sure every outlet is covered. Children and pets are curious creatures and often stick fingers, paws, sticks and other items into live currents with disastrous results.

5.     Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): Every outlet near water should have a GFCI. This way, if appliances accidentally fall into water, power will be cut off instantly. Be extra safe by unplugging hair dryers, irons, mixers, blenders and other hand-held appliances after each use. 

For More Tips…

See our related article, Childproofing Your Home: Home Safety Tips For Kids. And, get additional information on protecting kids at home by downloading this brochure from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.

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