Preventing falls, fires and poisoning in your home

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Falls, fires and poisoning are common causes of injury inside the home. Here are steps you can take to make your home safer for you and your family.

Fall prevention

  • Keep the floor clean, and clean up spills promptly. 
  • If you use throw rugs, place them over a rug pad or choose rugs with non-skid backs. 
  • Use a non-slip mat or install adhesive strips in your tub or shower. 
  • Make sure that telephone lines, computer lines and electrical cords are out of walkways. 
  • Make sure all stairs and steps have handrails. 
  • If you have children, use baby gates at the top and bottom of any stairs. 
  • Make sure all walkways are well lit and use night lights as needed. 
  • Have a working flashlight on hand.

Poisoning prevention

  • Keep all hazardous materials and liquids out of the reach of children. 
  • Keep medications out of the reach of children. 
  • Know your local Poison Control number. 
  • If you don’t know it, you can dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach Poison Control if there is a poison emergency.

Fire and burn prevention

  • Have smoke detectors in the home, and replace the batteries at least once a year. 
  • Test each smoke detector once a month. 
  • Have a safety plan and be sure that all family members are aware of what to do if a fire occurs. 
  • Cover electrical outlets. Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Keep children away from the stove and never leave the stove unattended while cooking. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

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