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16 tips for staying safe at home from Glendale Fire Department for 'National Safe at Home Week'

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 15:22:18-04

How many unintentional mistakes are you making at home that could cause you harm or even take your life?

National Safe at Home Week begins August 21st and in honor of the week, Glendale Fire Department is hoping you'll take an extra look around the house. 

Fire officials say 31 million medical visits each year are the result of accidental and unintentional injuries. 

Glendale Fire says following these steps can help you stay safer and avoid injury: 

  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including in or near all bedrooms. 
  • Test smoke detector batteries at least once a month 
  • Use carbon monoxide detectors, especially near sleeping areas 
  • Have a home escape plan and practice it
  • Install electrical outlet safety covers
  • Use anti-scald devices on faucets, especially if you have young children 
  • Have non-slip mats in bathtubs and showers 
  • Keep stairwells, hallways and porches well lit 
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms and showers to prevent falls
  • Keep medicines stored away out of the reach of children
  • Store chemicals and cleaning supplies where children cannot access or reach them
  • Have emergency contacts posted near every phone and have them programmed in your phone directories 
  • Always supervise children near water in pools, bathtubs and otherwise
  • Place a pool fence or net around your pool 
  • Have a first-aid kit
  • Become certified in first-aid and CPR