Protect your home and your family with these home safety tips.
"Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety."
Henry H. Tweedy
Storm Protection
Storm Protection
How To Prevent A False Alarm
How To Prevent A False Alarm
Moving in: Security Checklist
Moving in: Security Checklist
Spot Deceptive Sales Scams
Spot Deceptive Sales Scams
Start a Neighborhood Watch Checklist
Start a Neighborhood Watch Checklist
Motion Sensor Tips and Tricks
Motion Sensor Tips and Tricks
Fire Safety Plan Checklist
Fire Safety Plan Checklist
5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at Home
5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at Home
Tips to Prevent a Home Break-In
Tips to Prevent a Home Break-In
Pet Safety Tips
Pet Safety Tips
Home Office Safety
Home Office Safety
Apartment and Condominium Safety
Apartment and Condominium Safety
Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family
Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family
Safety Solutions for Rural Properties
Safety Solutions for Rural Properties
Hurricane Safety
Hurricane Safety
Home Security Tips
Home Security Tips
Fire Safety Tips
Fire Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips
Tips for a Safe Home during the Holidays
Tips for a Safe Home during the Holidays
Baby Safety Tips
Baby Safety Tips
Back To School Safety
Back To School Safety
Bicycle Safety Tips
Bicycle Safety Tips
How To Choose a Home Alarm System
How To Choose a Home Alarm System
College Safety Tips
College Safety Tips
College Social Life Safety
College Social Life Safety
Financial Safety Tips
Financial Safety Tips
Fire Safety For Kids
Fire Safety For Kids
Financial Scam Safety
Financial Scam Safety
Home Office Safety Tips
Home Office Safety Tips
Home Security Glossary
Home Security Glossary
Medicine Cabinet Safety
Medicine Cabinet Safety
School Lockdown Procedures
School Lockdown Procedures
Social Media Safety Tips
Social Media Safety Tips
Spring Break Safety Tips
Spring Break Safety Tips
Study Abroad Safety Tips
Study Abroad Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Top Ten Guard Dogs
Top Ten Guard Dogs
4th of July Safety Tips
4th of July Safety Tips
Dating Safety Tips
Dating Safety Tips

Use these tips along with your home security system to help protect your home and your loved ones:

Create the illusion that someone is at your house. ...
Make sure all exterior doors have reliable locks. ...
Always look before opening the door. ...
Don't leave spare keys in obvious locations. ...
Secure your sliding glass doors. ...

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the kitchen
  • Keep a distance between flammable objects (papers, curtains, plastics, etc.) and fire sources (oven, stove top, portable heater, etc.)
  • Use harmful products (cleaning solutions, lighters) with caution (follow nstructions!) and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp objects (knives) or other such tools and utensils misplaced or unattended.
  • Ensure electrical cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the counter or stove top.
  • Leave space around appliances for proper ventilation.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bathroom
  • Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
  • Use non-slip strips or floor mats
  • Always keep the room clean and as dry as possible.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bedroom
  • Never smoke.
  • As always, ensure that everything else is a safe distance away from a source of fire or heat.
  • Opt for mattresses with open flame-resistant protection.
  • You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. Even in bed, keep a phone, light, (and, if necessary, a weapon) within reach.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the garage
  • This is probably where you store most of your tools and equipment. Take precautions with flammable liquids, chemicals, and anything producing fumes.
  • Keep poisonous substances (paint thinner, antifreeze, rat poison, etc.) locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your space clean and organized, especially as many of your tools are sharp, heavy or otherwise dangerous.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the yard
  • Surround your property with a sturdy fence (this is more for keeping in children and pets, but can also serve to remind strangers to keep out).
  • If you’ve got a pool, keep it locked down or fenced in when not in use.
  • Be careful when working in bad weather. Use sand, salt, and good-traction footwear on ice and snow.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
On the stairs
  • Keep steps clean and dry.
  • Always install stable and sturdy railing on both sides of the stairs.
  • Ensure that the distance between the rails is narrow enough to prevent a child or infant from falling through.
  • Good rule of thumb: less than four inches!
  • Keep stairs well lit.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
Guard against fire
  • Install smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Establish a safety exit, ensure all family members know and understand it, practice with drills, and ensure it’s never blocked.
  • Never block or pile things on heaters or near heat-exuding appliances; give these a wide berth, plenty of breathing room, and make sure they don’t get overheated.
  • Ensure that all materials are fire-resistant if you’re renovating or just fixing up something around the house.
  • Never leave any type of fire or hot appliance unattended.
  • Remove dry vegetation around your home, especially during the dry seasons.
  • Cover the fireplace with a stable and large metal fire frame.

Is Your Backyard Safe?

  Summer is in full swing and hopefully you are enjoying our sunny, warm weather!  If you have children, one of the best places to be in your home is the backyard, but have you ever thought of the dangers that may be lurking there?  E...

  Summer is in full swing and hopefully you are enjoying our sunny, warm weather!  If you have children, one of the best places to be in your home is the backyard, but have you ever thought of the dangers that may be lurking there?  E...

 

Summer is in full swing and hopefully you are enjoying our sunny, warm weather!  If you have children, one of the best places to be in your home is the backyard, but have you ever thought of the dangers that may be lurking there?  Every parent wants to keep their family safe, but sometime we overlook things that we don't know need tending.  Check out the following article from Madison Mutual Insurance Company with helpful tips to keep your backyard a safe and enjoyable place!

 

Use this backyard safety checklist to make sure your backyard is secure, and then enjoy the summer fun knowing your friends and family are safe!

  1. Patio maintenance. Many patios are ignored for the majority of the year, and then when summer rolls around, we expect them to do their job without realizing they need a little TLC.
    • Wooden decks are susceptible to water damage. Look for any warped or rotting boards that need replacing.
    • Brick or stone patios can experience broken tiles, crumbling bricks or missing grout that can quickly turn into a safety hazard if not mended.
    • All patios and decks should have treatments and seals applied regularly. Check with your local home improvement store to identify the right one for your outdoor space.
  2. Poisonous plants and pesticides. Whether you’re hiking on a path or just working around the yard, it’s important to be aware of the many toxic plants throughout the U.S. – as well as the poisonous chemicals that might be right in your garden shed. Here’s what to lookout for:
    • Poison ivy might be the most common poisonous plant, but there are some others you should get familiar with as well, like oleander, European yew and white snakeroot.
    • If you treat your lawn with herbicides or pesticides, make sure kids and pets are indoors. Store both nontoxic and toxic pesticides and herbicides in an area inaccessible to your kids and pets in locked storage containers.
  3. Playground safety. Scraped knees are a normal part of being a kid, but play sets can be full of hazards that create threatening injuries and should be checked regularly.
    • Bees and wasps love creating nests in playground equipment – especially if it’s wood-based. You should check regularly for these potentially dangerous nests, as well as any loose bolts, railings or rotting wood to remove, tighten or repair before giving your kids the go-ahead to play all day.
    • Heat can be another danger. If you don’t have an awning or playground canopy, be aware the equipment can heat up enough during the day to cause burns in the summer months, especially slides and swings.
    • Trampolines are a fun summer activity, but to ensure the safety of jumpers, trampolines should always be anchored down, and have secured padding and hole-free, fray-free netting.
  4. Potholes. Uneven sidewalks or steep hills can turn a lovely day in the sun into a day at the emergency room. Make sure to check your yard regularly for potholes and other hazards.
  5. Pool safety. We have an entire blog post on pool safety, but we had to squeeze in this extra reminder because pool safety should be a top priority for everyone this summer. Recently we came across an article on top pool safety products, which include items like this pool alarm to make your pool experience even safer.

Now get back to grilling, swimming, sipping and cartwheeling!

 

 


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