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.
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The Road Safety Final Four:

How Does Your State Rank on Walking, Biking?

How Does Your State Rank on Walking, Biking?

By Taylor Savage

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April 1, 2021

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Three Ways to Give Your Family the Gift of Safety this Holiday Season

Make safety a part of your holiday plans with these three simple, but important reminders to keep kids safe and provide families with a little peace of mind.

Who needs a break? After balancing all the different challenges that come with a global pandemic, we’re looking forward to some well-earned peace and joy this holiday season. At Safe Kids, we’d like to get a head start on the gift giving with three simple, but important reminders to keep kids safe and provide families with a little peace of mind.

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December 7, 2020

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Make Halloween Fun and Safe with These Tips for Celebrating During COVID-19

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this Halloween, here are a few ways to make safety a part of your planning.

Even as parents and caregivers continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most exciting nights of the year. This year’s festivities will look a little different and call for creative alternatives that are both fun and follow local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations.

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October 8, 2020

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3 Safety Activities for Every Family During National Fire Prevention Week

Parents, here are three activities to help teach your kids about fire safety

It’s National Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” As parents focus on several priorities at once, more kids are helping out in the kitchen, which makes this the perfect time to talk with your kids about fire safety, how to prevent kitchen fires, and what to do in an emergency.

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October 5, 2020

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International Walk to School Day Blog

Pedestrian safety reminders for kids walking to school or around their neighborhood.

Every year, on the first Wednesday of October, schools and communities around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day. This year due to the pandemic, some students may still be walking to and from school while others might just be walking around their neighborhoods. Either way, this is a great time to talk to your kids about how to walk safely.

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October 2, 2020

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Life-Saving Tales and Tips about Water Safety from a 12-year-old Babysitter

Learn tips about how to keep your kids safe in and around water.

Last year, I was at a neighbor’s pool when my mom’s friend took her child’s floaties off. She had placed the child on a pool noodle and then resumed her conversation. The mom was distracted by her friend, so she did not notice the child slowly slipping off the pool noodle. When I looked up, the child’s head was fully submerged in the water.

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September 25, 2020

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Rail Safety Week is September 21-27

Safe Kids and Union Pacific are celebrating Railroad Safety Week with several resources and tips to help families keep their kids safe on and around train tracks.

Railways play an important part of our society by transporting people and goods. But we have to work together to keep each other safe around tracks and trains.

Did you know that every 5 days a child dies as a result of being struck by a train?

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September 18, 2020

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Check Your Car Seat Today With These Virtual and Online Resources

New virtual and online options for all parents to check car seats during September’s Child Passenger Safety Week

Safe Kids Worldwide is celebrating child passenger safety (CPS) throughout the month of September.

Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for American children and correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

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September 1, 2020

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Back to School Blog

Here are 3 injury prevention reminders for families doing online school at home and 3 more for families traveling back to school this year.

Safety Reminders as Kids Go “Back to School”
– However They Go Back

As many normal activities have continued to require careful consideration as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, parents are now challenged with “back to school” and what that means for their children and their families.

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August 17, 2020

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