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National Safe At Home Week

National Safe at Home Week

It’s National Safe at Home Week, and there are a lot of reasons to be prepared and protect yourself and your family at home.

A great place to start is a home security and monitoring system. This can give you peace of mind, even if nothing ever happens.

Home Security System

 

Practice emergency or evacuation plans for fires and natural disasters that could happen in your area, like earthquakes and tornadoes.

Emergency Planning

 

Prepare an emergency preparedness kit and a first aid kit, so you’re always ready for the unexpected.

Emergency Plans

 

Know and look out for fire hazards, from the obvious ones to the ones you can’t see.

Knowing Fire Hazards

 

Childproof your homes, from outlets to cleaners. Poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for kids at home.

Childproofing for Protection

 

The number one reason for household deaths in adults is falling. Prepare to prevent falls.

Walk through and check your home regularly. Find and repair dangerous issues and check your child proofing.

Preventing Falling Hazards
Camping Meals & Campfire Delights

Healthy Camping Meals

To go along with our National Camping Month safety tips, we also featured some healthy camping meals you can make on the campfire.

First up were easy Breakfast Burritos that you can just throw in the fire.

Lumberjack Breakfast combines your favorite breakfast fixings in one packet.

Lumberjack Breakfast
Image and Recipe via Echoes of Laughter

 

These Campfire Tex Mex White Bean and Chicken Foil Packets are a breeze to make.

This BBQ Party Pack is the perfect side dish or vegetarian meal while camping.

Hobo Dinners are foil packets of meat, potatoes, and veggies perfect for camping.

Image and Recipe via Brittany’s Pantry

 

Foil Wrapped Salmon with Herbs and Lemon is great made with fresh fish.

Foil Wrapped Salmon with Herbs and Lemon
Image via Roadtrippers

 

Reheat this Whole Wheat Pasta with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes in Foil over the fire.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes in Foil
Images and Recipes via Cookin’ Canuck
Fireworks Safety for the 4th of July

Fireworks Safety

Before the 4th of July, we featured some important fireworks safety tips each day this week.

Always start by reading all of the labels and info on your fireworks carefully.

Fireworks Labels

 

A responsible adult should always supervise any firework activities. Never just give fireworks to kids.

Adult Supervision

 

Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Save any drinks for after the show.

Don't Mix Alcohol and Fireworks!

 

Always wear safety glasses when shooting off fireworks.

Fireworks Safety

 

Never relight a firework that you think is a dud. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water to make sure it doesn’t go off later.

Proper Disposal of Fireworks

 

Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them out of metal or glass containers. NEVER make homemade fireworks.

Safely Using Fireworks

 

Throw away used fireworks by wetting them down in a metal trashcan away from buildings or anything that could catch fire until the next day.

Prevent Fires
Always Protected from Fire

Protect Yourself by Practicing Home Fire Safety

The U.S. Fire Administration says more than 360,000 fires destroyed homes in the United States in 2010. These fires caused 2,555 deaths and more than 13,000 injuries. Clearly, we should take house fires seriously. Taking small steps can help you stay safe.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure you have working smoke alarms in all major rooms of your home. Most of all, be sure you have one near your bedroom. Change the batteries twice a year, or ask someone to help you change them.

You should also check for possible fire starters. Make sure extension cords are not frayed, and don’t plug too many things into one outlet. In the kitchen, unplug small appliances, like your toaster, when you are not using them. Make sure the hood of your stove is clean and doesn’t have grease buildup. If you have a fireplace, put a screen up to block stray ashes and clean the chimney once a year.

Accidents can still happen. Make sure you know a couple ways to get out of your home if it catches fire. Make sure your house number is visible from the street. This helps firefighters get to you quickly.

Many fire stations will do a safety check at your home for free. Call your local fire department or senior center for details. And check out the sample fire safety checklist from the Urbana Fire Department.

Fires can happen quickly and be deadly. Keep your home secure, and have a safety plan. Some simple steps can go a long way toward keeping you safe.

Home Fire Safety Checklist

GENERAL

     Are your address numbers visible from the street to permit ease of identification?
     Are your smoke detectors in working order, batteries changed twice a year?
     Do you have an escape plan, meeting place, and do you practice it?

 ALL HOUSEHOLD AREAS

     Do you keep your passageway doors shut to reduce fire spread in the event of fire?
     Are you using extension cords? Limit their use.
     Check all electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
     Check to make sure outlets are not overloaded.
     Check all windows to make sure they operate smoothly.
     Do not allow waste paper and combustibles to collect and become a fire hazard.
     Ashtrays should be provided for all smokers. They should be disposed of properly.
     Are your household chemicals stored away from children?
     Are matches and lighters stored out of reach of children?
      No combustibles should be stored in the attic.

LIVING AREA

     Does your fireplace have a screen and hearth to protect from flying embers?
     Has your chimney been cleaned? Is it operating properly?

KITCHEN AREA

     Are all combustibles kept away from the cooking area?
     Is your range hood clean and vented properly?
     Are all unused small appliances unplugged when not in use?

UTILITY AREA

     Are your heating ducts properly maintained?
     Are combustibles stored away from the furnace and water heater?
     Is your furnace filter clean?
     Are there any oversized fuses in the fuse box?
     Are your washer and dryer properly grounded?
     Do you keep your basement door closed to reduce fire spread in the vent of fire?

GARAGE/STORAGE AREA

     Is there a solid core door separating your garage from the house?
     Are all flammable liquids stored in the proper containers?
     Is the gasoline mower properly stored away from ignition sources?

OUTSIDE AREA

     Are there any combustible materials close to the house?