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20 Ways to Make Your Home Safer

  1. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and in every bedroom.

  2. Install carbon monoxide detectors near all sleeping areas and gas appliances.

  3. Check the expiration dates of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them as needed.

  4. Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location.

  5. Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

  6. Install childproof locks and gates on cabinets and doors to keep dangerous items out of reach.

  7. Cover electrical outlets with outlet covers to prevent children from sticking objects inside.

  8. Keep all cleaning supplies and chemicals in a locked cabinet or high out of reach of children.

  9. Store all sharp objects, such as knives and scissors, in a locked drawer or out of reach of children.

  10. Keep all cords and wires out of reach of children and pets.

  11. Install window guards or stops to prevent falls from windows.

  12. Use nonslip mats in the bathroom and kitchen to prevent falls.

  13. Install handrails on staircases and in the shower or bath.

  14. Make sure all rugs are secured to prevent slipping.

  15. Keep all medication out of reach of children and in a locked cabinet.

  16. Install a home security system to deter burglars.

  17. Keep all doors and windows locked, especially when you are not home.

  18. Trim bushes and trees around your home to remove hiding spots for intruders.

  19. Install motion-sensor lights outside your home.

  20. Have a trusted neighbor or friend watch your home while you are away on vacation.

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