___ If you have a fireplace, wood burning stove, or other heat source, place barriers
around it to avoid accidental burns.
___ Inspect and clean chimneys and stovepipes regularly.
___ Make certain hazardous items, such as bug sprays, cleaners, 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 consult with
the local poison control center at the universal telephone number in the United States:
___ 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-lighted and clear.
___ 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 two 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. Do not place them near drapes or
___ Paint or wallpaper should not be chipping or peeling.
___ 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