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Safety Tips For Your Home

Safety Tips For Your Home

At home accidents can happen when you least expect it. About 21 million ER visits are related to at home accidents, totaling to almost $220 billion in medical costs. What most Americans don’t know is that there a preventative ways to control the risk of an accident. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has constructed a list of tips for safety around your house.

  • Have burners and boilers serviced annually
  • Clean heat ducts and cold air returns
  • Inspect and sweep chimneys
  • Remove dust and dirt from electrical heating elements
  • Wood stoves and pipes should be cleaned and inspected for wear and tear
  • Test all smoke detectors and replace old batteries
  • Make sure you have adequate smoke detectors installed throughout your home
  • Inspect all appliances for wire damage
  • Make sure no electrical outlet is overloaded
  • Place all medicines and cleaning products away from children and pets
  • Store any inflammable materials such as gasoline or propane in safety containers away from the home
  • Do not use gasoline or other flammables inside the house
  • During winter months, turn off valves and drain pipes for outside faucets to avoid freezing
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t use the oven to heat the house
  • Don’t leave burning candles unattended
  • Read and follow safety instructions for any portable heater
  • Do not place portable heaters closer than 3 feet to beds or other objects

For any additional information about safety and loss prevention information, please visit the Institute for Business & Home Safety at www.ibhs.org.