Home Safe Home Each year, more than 28,000 deaths and nearly 7 million injuries occur as a result of accidents in the home, and around 60% of the victims are children. Whether or not you have children, and regardless of the age of your children, there are steps we can all take to make our homes safer places: Prevent scald burns by setting your water heater's thermostat to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor and outside of the bedrooms. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors near all bedrooms. Cover all unused electrical outlets with plastic covers. Make sure your home does not contain lead-based paint. If your home was built before 1978, have a professional check this for you. Keep all appliances and their cords in good repair. Unplug all appliances when not in use. Plan a fire escape route and make sure the whole family is well informed. Plan and hold fire drills. Keep a list of all emergency numbers by the phone, and make sure children and babysitters know who to call in case of emergency. Maintain a smoke free home. Learn facts about second hand smoke.