Home Safety Month is Here!

June 5, 2014 by Molly Huff

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates Home Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues around your house. Did you know many injuries and deaths each year are attributed to preventable accidents? These tips are not just for child-proofing - they are great for any homeowner or renter to be sure your home is a safe place to be. The HSC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home-related injuries, and their home saftey guidelines are easy to follow and could save your life.

Of course, accidents do happen - and those that result in minor injuries or illnesses can be treated quickly at our urgent care center. Affinity ExpressCare, is open seven-days-a-week and does not require appointments.

Here are some room-by-room guidelines that can help keep your family safe this summer.

Kitchen

  • Be sure to have a functioning fire extinguisher within reach
  • Lock up all poisons - keeping them away from childrens and pets
  • Keep pot handles on the stove turned inward
  • Always wear oven mitts when using the stove
  • Use child safety latches on cabinets and drawers
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place

Bathroom

  • Lock up medicines away from children and pets
  • Use nightlights to prevent injury at night
  • Be sure rubber bathmats are in place to keep from slipping in the tub
  • Always check bathwater before putting babies and children in the bathtub

Bedroom

  • Choose a flame resistant mattress
  • Keep flashlights handy for power outages
  • Have emergency numbers and a telephone where you can get to them in a hurry
  • Use nightlights to prevent injury
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place
  • Nursery
  • Use outlet covers for all electrical outlets
  • Practice crib and sleepwear safety
  • Look for choking dangers
  • Use nightlights
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place
  • Use baby gates
  • Keep window treatment cords up and out of reach

Pool

  • Consider using a pool alarm to alert you if someone falls in the pool
  • Always monitor children in the pool
  • Surround pool with fencing and keep pool gates locked
  • Prevent falls with a "No Running" rule
  • Keep all pool chemicals locked up and away from children and pets
  • Always wear sunscreen with at least a 20 SPF when in the sun

For more information and ways to keep your family safe this summer, visit HSC's website. Affinity hopes you enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer!