Resources for Better Home Safety

Weather is Also a Home Safety Issue
The United States has some of the worst weather in the world. Each years there are more than 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average of six deadly hurricanes. Part of keeping your home and your family safe involves taking the proper safety measures to protect against nature's furry. See what The Weather Channel has to say about home safety and preparedness for proteching your family against natural disasters that can often strike with little or no warning. Start by making a plan. Decide where people will meet, who they will call, and what steps they will take in everything from a home fire to a tornado or an earthquake. Make a list of insurance policies, banking numbers and other vital information and have it held by a relative or trusted friend out of state. Have a battery-powered radio. Make children aware of what to do. Keep a supply of food and water for an emergency. Even make plans for your pets. It is not usually possible to know when or where a natural disaster will strike, so it pays to be prepared for anything.

Top Causes of Unintentional Injury and Death in Homes and Communities
According to the National Safety Council on its site at, there are approximately 245 deaths due to unintentional injuries in homes and communities every day. This page has articles to reduce the risk of drowning, fire accidents, vehicle crashes, unintentional overdoses, poisoning, choking, and falls. The agency also has some strong recommendations about changing your lifestyle and safety practices you can do at home and while you are the road. Two of the highlighted tips are 1) avoid using cellphones while driving, and 2) attend trainings about CPR, first aid. There is a separate article on how to prepare in case an emergency occurs.

5 Dog Training Tips for Fire and Evacuation
In this article written by full-time shelter worker Amanda Brothers for Trupanion, pet owners will learn five useful tips on how to train their dogs to react properly during a fire incident. The first tip includes how the dog can recognize the sound of a fire alarm. Ms. Brothers put emphasis on the dog owner’s ability to understand the different situations once a fire occurs, so that the dog can properly react on them. She cited the importance of attending professional dog training seminars, where the dog can easily learn different sounds. Amanda also reminded owners to stay calm during evacuation.

Keeping Gas Fire Pits Safe
By following the tips listed here, you will be able to keep everyone gathered around your backyard or patio fire pit safe. The importance of starting with proper installation and selecting a good location are covered. Find out why wind conditions can be a safety issue and why it's a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher close while operating the fire gas fire pit. Some advantages of choosing this style are also included.

Power Safe Tips for Your Home and in Your Neighborhood
Mishandling electric power is every dangerous for homes and the entire neighborhood. Here are four sets of helpful tips that can help you. The first set is how to how to safe at home when it comes to power, which includes not to overload circuits and always use cords with a third (ground) prong. The second set of tips is how to plan your work if it is near the power lines. The third set is how to perform dangerous activities that can potentially lead to be electrocution, such as installing antenna at the roof. The fourth and last set of tips is how to avoid danger zones especially children.

Security Gates for UK Residents
Check out this discussion board for UK residents for information about why installing a safety gate may be a good idea, as well as suggestions about qualified local locksmiths.

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