Set Back the Clocks and Move Forward with a Fall Safety Check
Your home may be filled with hidden dangers that may never be discovered unless you give it an annual checkup. Like a visit to the doctor, it’s preventive medicine that can protect the people you love.
Did you Know?
- Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Every year, thousands die or are injured by electrical hazards, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
- During a typical year, home electrical fires cause an estimated 40,000 residential fires and 350 deaths each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).
- 3% of all smoke detectors fail each year and after 10 years, 30% are likely to fail.
- Last year, more than 250 people in the United States died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Water scalding can occur within 1⁄2 second and it’s quite common.
Home Safety Check List
- Don’t overload wall sockets. If a wall socket is warm to the touch, it’s overloaded.
- Check your appliance, tool, and extension cords for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, and broken or cracked sockets. Repair or replace them.
- Don’t put electrical cords under rugs, over nails, or in high traffic areas. Heat can build up and start a fire.
- Make sure every member of your family knows how to find the water shut off valve.
- Check the setting on your water heater to prevent scalding. Water heaters should never be set above 120 degrees F.
- Remove paint, paper, cardboard and other flammables away from the furnace.
- Check drier exhaust hose to make sure hot air is escaping normally.
- Check smoke detectors beyond the battery.
- Make sure the flame in your gas-burning furnace is blue and not yellow. A yellow flame means the burner is dirty and not getting enough air.
- Change your furnace filter and tune up your system.
- Inspect your fuel-burning appliances for carbon monoxide leaks and make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and that it’s placed in the best location for alerting you to danger.
- Make sure gasoline is stored in an approved container in a locked storage area, out of reach of children. Never store gasoline inside your home.