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Home Safety

There are potential unsafe situations at home that can easily be addressed.

  • Put safety covers on unused outlets
  • Prevent scald burns by setting your water heater's thermostat to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Use brackets or braces to secure unstable or top heavy furniture to the wall
  • Keep a list of all emergency numbers by the phone, and make sure children and babysitters know who to call in case of an emergency
  • Keep small objects out of children's reach and sight to prevent choking
  • Sign up for product recalls at Safe Kids Product Recalls
  • Download and view the home safety checklist to ensure a safe home
  • Home Safety: Here's How -

Window Safety

  • Install window guards on windows above the 1st floor
  • Don't place children's furniture near a window
  • A window should not be opened more than 4 inches
  • Wrap up chords using chord cleats at a height out of reach of children


  • Don't leave your baby alone on changing tables, beds, sofas or chairs
  • Use gates on stairways and doorways
  • Never use a baby walker
  • Keep stairs clear of clutter


  • Store unloaded firearms in lockbox or safe and keep ammunition locked separately
  • Use gun trigger locks ti add an additional barrier
  • Asking Saves Kids (ASK) - Ask about guns and storage where children play

Fire Safety

  • Smoke detectors should be in working order, located inside bedrooms and tested every month
  • Create and practice a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room. Have a meeting place outisde the home that is a safe distance from the home. Practice the escape plan twice a year.
  • If there is a fire in the home, leave immediately. Get low and crawl out of the house. Call 911 once you are at a safe distance from the fire.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
  • Never paint a smoke alarm
  • City of Rochester - Fire Prevention and Safety in the Home

Internet Safety

  • Be sure to "friend" your teens on social media. Watch their stories to stay informed on school andfreind related stories
  • Do not share personal information such as first and last name, social security number, birthdate, address, phone number and photos
  • Set up parental controls as many are available free from devices
  • Keep devices, software and firmware up to date as many companies' updates address decurity threats

Poisoning Safety

  • Cleaning products, medicines and all chemicals should be stored out of reach or locked in a cabinet
  • Use safety or childproof tops
  • Use cabinet/drawer locks
  • Store all products in their original containers
  • Have the 1-800-222-1222 number on your cell phone and near your home phone
  • Know what types of plants are in the home and avoid having poisonous plants in your home
  • Learn more at Upstate New York Poison Center - SUNY Upstate Medical University