___ If you have a fireplace, wood burning stove, or other heat source, place barriers around it to prevent accidental burns.
___ Inspect and clean chimneys and stovepipes regularly.
___ Make certain hazardous items, such as bug sprays, cleaners, laundry detergent packets, e-cigarettes, auto care products, and weed killers, are secured and stored in their original containers in the garage, utility room, or basement.
___ The first action when a person has ingested a toxic substance is to call the local poison control center at the universal telephone number in the U.S.: 800-222-1222.
___ Make certain plastic bags, broken pieces of toys, buttons, screws, and other choking or suffocation hazards are stored out of reach of children.
___ Post emergency telephone numbers near each telephone in your home.
___ When children are present, safety devices, such as gates, locks, and doorknob covers, should be in use at all stairways and exits in your home.
___ Make sure all indoor and outdoor stairways and entries are well lit and clear. Staircases are safer with handrails on both sides of the stairs.
___ Make certain bathrooms and bedrooms can be unlocked from the outside.
___ Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children and disabled persons.
___ A home should have 2 unobstructed exits, in case of fire or other emergency.
___ Check all electrical cords to make sure they are not cracked or frayed.
___ Make certain outlets or extension cords are not overloaded.
___ It is best not to use space heaters. If they are used, make sure they are in safe condition. Never plug them into an extension cord. Don't place them near drapes or furnishings.
___ Paint or wallpaper should not be chipping or peeling. Be sure the paint doesn't contain lead.
___ Keep purses, backpacks, and other portable storage bags out of a child's reach. They may contain medicines, penknives, hard candies, and other items that may harm children.