Home Safe Home Challenge

Try to complete all of these activities around your home before May 31

Fire Safety

  • Check the dates on your smoke alarms. If necessary replace them with new ones.
  • Mark your calendar to change the batteries in your detectors when the time changes occur in 2011.
  • Install a new fire extinguisher in an easily accessible spot in your house.
  • With family members, create a fire escape plan.
  • Practice your fire escape plan each month (mark practice days on your calendar).

Fall Prevention

  • Inspect for exposed/dangling wires and cords. Tape them down or cover them up.
  • Tape down unsecured rugs.
  • Secure loose bath mats.
  • Clean clutter from the floor and steps.
  • Purchase sand or salt to put on outdoor walkways to melt snow/ice.

Food Safety

  • Go through cabinets and throw away dented and damaged food.
  • Throw away any expired foods that are in your refrigerator.
  • Throw away any old or cracked wooden cutting boards.
  • When grocery shopping get meats and perishable foods last.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Create an emergency kit with your family (consult VDH or Red Cross for help)
  • Post emergency numbers near all phones in the home.
  • Talk with family about possible emergencies and how to help prevent them.
  • Talk with family about what to do when evacuation is necessary.
  • Talk with family about what to do when an emergency requires staying home.
  • If you already have an emergency kit, restock it with fresh food, water and batteries.
  • Learn how to safely turn off the utilities at your home in case of emergency.

Safety for your home when you leave

  • Make an extra key for your house and give it to a trusted neighbor.
  • Make a to-do list of things to do for when you leave home. Include the following:
    • Turn off and unplug appliances and lights
    • Contact newspaper and mail to suspend services
    • Have a neighbor come by to put out trash or recycling
    • Ask a neighbor to walk through and check on your home
    • Lock all windows and doors

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