Safety suggestion – Get a calendar and at the beginning of each year, mark dates when you will perform the following key safety activities:
TestCarbon Monoxide alarms at least once a month by pressing the TEST button.
Replace CO alarm batteries at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps” to indicate low batteries, they should be replaced immediately.
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Alarm Tips: Make sure that everyone in your family knows the difference between the sound of the CO and smoke alarms, and what number to call for a CO emergency. If your CO alarm sounds, immediately move to fresh air outside. Alert others in the home to the danger and make sure everyone gets to fresh air safely.
Test fire & smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the TEST button.
Replace fire & smoke alarm batteries at least once a year.
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds. Manufacturers are now producing battery operated alarms that are interconnected by wireless technology. SEE PRODUCT LIST
Update medical alert & emergency contact listsat least once each year (JANUARY) and when your medical condition changes or you have new medical providers
Buy or make a chart that lists the following information in case of an emergency – post it on your refrigerator, near your phone or any other obvious place (have several around the house)
Your medical information indicating your full name, age, medications, allergies and health conditions
Your doctors’ name and contact information
Family members’ contact information
Names and breeds of pets
911 in big numbers – we sometimes forget even basic things in an emergency
Your own phone number and address – in case you forget when calling for help
Change the furnace filter every month.
Have your furnace or heating systems serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace and every year for an oil furnace
Clean your dryer’s lint screen after every load of laundry. To reduce the chance of a lint fire, consider replacing flexible ducts made of foil or plastic with metal ducts.
Have a professional inspect your wood burning fireplaces and stoves annually and cleaned and repaired as required to prevent chimney fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and mortar and flashing failure.
Like the old saying goes, "Better safe than sorry"! While these actions items may not be someones idea of a fun-filled Saturday, spreading them out and doing these throughout the year could save yourself or a loved one from an unnecessary accident!
*Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!
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