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Injury Prevention at Home

Safety is No Accident. Live Injury-Free: At Home

You can protect yourself, your family and community by taking action, both big and small, to prevent injury. Below are just a few examples. You can help make your community a safer and healthier place to live.

Start small...

  • Assess your home for potential hazards such as poor lighting and uneven surfaces to prevent falls.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • Establish a plan for how you would evacuate from your home in the event of an emergency.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are covered and inaccessible to children.
  • Supervise young children whenever they’re near cooking surfaces and never leave food unattended on the stove.
  • Program emergency numbers, such as the Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222), into your phone to call in the event of a poisoning emergency.
  • Install four-sided isolation fencing at least five feet high and equipped with self-latching gates to prevent drownings in home swimming pools.
  • Store cleaning supplies and medicines in locked cabinets out of the reach of children.
  • Check your hot water heater periodically and adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to avoid burns.

Think big...

  • Organize Tai Chi classes to help promote physical activity and prevent falls among older adults.
  • Invite local firefighters to a community event to promote fire safety.
  • Form a coalition that supports consumer protection policies to reduce the use of toxins in household products.
  • Partner with your poison center to visit schools to talk about poison safety.
  • Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper that stresses the importance of living injury free.