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Resources for a Safer Home Environment

Home Safety Resources (05)

EPA Safe Home Guide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website provides tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy. Includes actions you can take to reduce lead in drinking water, using conservation to have cleaner water, drinking water information for health, information about private drinking water wells, tap water safety, asbestos, indoor air quality, flood cleanup, reducing radon risks, secondhand smoke, pesticide, bio-pesticides, ten tips to protect children from pesticide and lead poisonings, ultraviolet radiation, household cleanser safety, recycling, buying an energy efficient home, heating and cooling systems, natural landscaping, hidden hazards of backyard burning, and composting.

Fire Safety Tips at Home
The website of the London Fire Brigade offers tips for fire safety with prevention tips, kitchen safety tips, smoking safety tips, chip fan fires, candle safety, electrical safety, smoke alarms, fire escape plans, making a 911 call, holiday fire safety. It includes links for fire safety outside the home at work, in schools and more. Fire-related crimes are also discussed. A fire safety pamphlet is also available for download, and a section about licensing for petroleum use in the United Kingdom is also noted.

Basic Home Security Tips to Prevent Theft (Infographic)
Theft is a common threat to your home, but this infographic at can help you a lot. It features the favorite spot of your house that burglars love to pass through and the percentage that they will use them as entrance. This post also has a list of the top 10 cities in America that have the highest crime rate. You can also read their list of home safety tips, which include installing deadbolt locks on all exterior entrances, not leaving a spare key hidden outside, being aware of what's happening in your neighborhood, and asking for proper identification from service and delivery people before you let them enter your home.

Household Safety Checklists
This section on KidsHealth has several great checklists to promote overall safety in the home by helping you prevent accidents and injuries that can occur in any part of the home. Some safety hazards are easy to recognize, like a toy on the stairs, but other hazards are not so obvious, such as a loose staircase railing. There six separate Safety Checklists for the following: kitchen; children and adult bedrooms; outdoors/ backyard/ pool; walls, floors, furniture, doors, windows and stairways; electrical heating and cooling elements, emergency equipment and numbers; and bathroom, garage and laundry area. For each checklist, there is an audio file so you can listen to the entire checklist rather than read it. There are also links to additional information on the topic, such as knowing the numbers to get help, a poisoning instruction sheets, childproofing, eye injuries, and additional resources.

Safety Information from the National Safety Council
When you need home safety information, look no further than the Home Safety Council web site. It is core information articles on a number of topics, including fire and burn safety, how to prevent falls and keep those you love safe from poisoning hazards. The safety needs for babies, toddlers and seniors are addressed, as well as water safety and disaster preparedness. Seasonal safety and room-by-room guides are available to help you avoid hazards in your home. The navigation of the site is divided into separate sections for parents, educators, media and safety professionals. Categories include safety basics, how you can help, in your area, our work and who we are.

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