Fires are one of the highest risks in a home environment, so it’s important that all of your smoke detectors are tested thoroughly and have their batteries replaced as needed.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
At least one carbon monoxide detector should be present in the home at all times. Test thoroughly and replace batteries if needed.
- Medication/Toxic Chemicals
Ensure all pill bottles, cleaning supplies and other toxic substances are in a closed cabinet that is off the ground, and out of the reach of small children.
Metal screens or child-proof gates should be placed across all fireplaces, stoves and other potential burn hazards within your home.
Waste bags need to be stored in a container with a closable-lid or placed cabinet that securely shuts when not in use. Especially for smaller waste bins that are common in bathrooms/bedrooms.
All firearms need to be unloaded and stored in a locked container that is separate from the locked container that the ammunition is stored in.
Child-proof covers for all wall outlets inside your home is recommended, but at the very least all of the outlets on the floor your child’s bedroom is on should be securely covered.
Every staircase should have a child-size gate or fence on both ends. This can also include steps/ramps outside if they are frequently used to enter/exit the home.
All windows need to have a child-proof lock and/or screen cover, especially if the windows are on a floor above ground level.
It’s not always required, but we strongly suggest having your emergency contact information posted in a visible location such as the kitchen fridge or an entry way wall.
In-ground pools should be fenced in using child-proof gates or other solutions to only allow a single access point. Above ground pools and hot tubs should be covered securely or fenced in if covering isn’t an option.
Having a plan in place for emergencies in your home shows that you’re committed to keeping everyone in your home safe and prepared for the worst. We suggest posting this in the same place(s) next to your emergency contact information.
You never know when a first-aid kit might be needed, and including one on each floor of your house ensures that you’re never more than a few steps away from medical equipment.
Even though you have taken every precaution to remove fire hazards from your home, it’s important to still have a few fire extinguishers on hand in case of emergency. The most common place for fires is the kitchen area, so we recommended at least having one in this room.