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June is recognized as Home Safety Month but no matter the month or the season, it is always the time to share some safety tips to keep everyone in the family safe:

Plan for emergencies – I’m embarrassed to admit that last night, as we were having severe lightning storms, I realized that two of my flashlights had dead batteries.   Making sure that you have emergency gear should be something you think about before you actually need it!  This includes:

Working flashlights

Battery-operated radio

Several gallons of water

Fire extinguishers

 

Also, be sure that you always keep your cell phone charged in case of power outages.

Install CO detectors – Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas and is a silent killer in homes.  Families will not know it’s present unless they have a carbon monoxide detector.  Unfortunately, only about a third of homes in the country have one.  Carbon monoxide gases can build up from furnaces, dryers, wood burning stoves, attached garages and other areas with heating units in the home.  Be sure to install CO detectors on every level of the home and outside ever sleeping area.

 

Reduce the risk of falls – Falls are the leading cause of accidents in the home.  Safeguard against injuries to toddlers, seniors and all family members by keeping some of these tips in mind:

Check for mold – While still uncertain, doctors believe that mold poisoning can cause long-lasting neurological issues and most definitely present risks to children and adults with asthma and other respiratory issues.  It’s easy to text mold levels in your home with a DIY testing kit.

Secure your home –Most lock strike plates are not very strong and can be easily kicked in.  Upgrade your lock plate to heavy-duty, four-screw strike plate and install with extra-long screws as well as at the hinges.  For sliding patio doors, place a wooden dowel in the track to prevent it from opening.  Be particularly aware of windows on lower floors – keep them shut and install additional window locks.  Also, be sure that the perimeter of your house is well lit.

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