People typically feel safe in their homes, after all, it is their haven. However, to better safeguard from unexpected tragedy it’s important to conduct a home safety survey. This survey, which can be likened to a self-audit of your house and property, helps to identify safety issues or flat-out dangers that could be lurking in your home. It’s a proactive approach to fixing problems before they lead to injury – or worse!
How to conduct a home safety survey
At this time you might be wondering what’s involved in doing a home safety survey. Many official agencies across the United States have made it easy by publishing easy to print out checklists. These checklists take you through your home, room by room, examining over each space. Some important items on a typical safety home checklist include, but are not limited to:
- Carefully placing and checking smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (including batteries and expiration dates)
- Having a fire escape plan
- Ensuring all medicines are properly stored
- Checking to see electric cords are not running under carpets and are not frayed
- Clothes dryer venting system and lint filter are clean
- Appliances are properly plugged in and extension cords are not being incorrectly used
- Furnaces and chimneys are routinely checked and cleaned
- Barbecue ashes are properly disposed of
These are only a few important items you’ll be checking. Be sure to go through the entire list. There are a few different home safety surveys you can print out to ensure you cover all bases.
- State of Alaska’s Home Safety Survey [PDF]
- FEMA’s Home Safety Checklist [PDF]
- Fairfax County, Va. Home Fire Safety Survey [PDF]
By doing a home safety survey, you can take proper safety precautions and increase the chances your home – and, more importantly, your family – remains safe. As you go through the list, it helps you to find immediate risks that need to be corrected and also serves as a way to be more aware of potential dangers. You know, those things you should routinely pay attention to but maybe don’t think about. You might be surprised at some of the things you find that you might not have considered to be a hazard.
Top causes of unintentional injuries
Now that you’ve gone through your checklist, you’ve taken a great step towards increased safety. Unfortunately, unintentional injury-related deaths are higher than ever before. The National Safety Council states:
About 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015. That’s 146,571 times someone’s ordinary day turned tragic.
Did you know the top reasons people die in their homes are caused by drug overdoses (#1 cause) gases, chemicals, and other toxic substances? Other common causes of unintentional injuries that can happen in the home include:
- Choking and suffocation
- Fires and burns
- Natural and environmental incidents
Don’t become one of the statistics. By going through your home safety survey, you’ll eliminate many of the hazards that can lead to these types of injuries, and the safer you and your family will be.
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