Household Safety

Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are one of the most important safety devices in your household. Smoke detectors should be located outside all sleeping areas and on each floor. You should test your detectors frequently and replace batteries when the clocks go forward, then again when they go back. For added protection use a C0 and smoke combination detector from a reputable company. In areas where snow fall is common make sure you remove snow away from furnace and hot water heater vents or they can become blocked not allowing the carbon monoxide to be expelled causing a dangerous situation. The door leading from the garage to the house needs to have an auto closer and door seal to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home.Never warm up your car in the garage with the garage door closed.

Electrical

  • Never overload electrical outlets and use an approved power bar.
  • Install and test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in bathrooms, kitchen, laundry rooms and outdoors.
  • Never exceed the wattage recommended on the fixture.
  • Never use frayed or damaged cords and outlets.
  • Always use a certified electrician to do any wiring in your home.
  • Call your local township if tree branches are growing close to hydro lines.
  • Child proof electrical components if applicable.

Garage Door Safety Functions

Garage doors can cause serious accidents if the safety features are not functioning properly. One of the safety features is an automatic reversal system, which is designed to stop and reverse the door if it senses any resistance. Test this feature my placing a piece of wood in the path of the doorway it should hit the obstruction then reverse to the open position. The second feature is an infrared motion detector located at the bottom of the door. If something is in its path while the door is closing it will reverse to the open position. Wave your hand across this sensor as the door is closing to test this function. The door should also be equipped with an emergency manual release that should be pulled if the door malfunctions during a power outage or if someone is entrapped.

Fire Extinguishers

Every household should have a working fire extinguisher. Household fire extinguishers are labeled A,B or C which tells you what type of situation they were designed for. A is for ordinary combustibles like wood, paper cloth etc, B is for flammable liquids like cooking oils and gasoline etc, C is designed for live electricity. Place the appropriate extinguishers throughout your home.

Trip and Fall Hazards

  • All stairs that have more than 3 risers or 1'11" requires a hand rail for safety.
  • All stairs should be well lit and have a 3 way switch.
  • Carpeted stairs need to be well secured.
  • Slippery bath tubs should have a non slip adhesive.
  • Salt driveways and walkways to prevent ice.
  • Fix any uneven spots around your property that could cause someone to trip.

Plumbing

  • Lower the hot water heater temperature setting if you have young children to prevent scolding.
  • Make your self aware of where the emergency shut off valves are located in case of emergency.
  • If you are on a well system have your water tested for safety.
  • inspect floor drains traps,they should always have sufficient water in them to prevent sewer gases from leaking into your home.