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How to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe

Build a Safe Home Playground

Make Your Home a Safe Haven for Kids

Avoid Grill Fires, Explosions and CO Poisoning

Don't Let a Burglar Ruin Your Vacation

Is Your Tap Water Safe?

Are Your Cleaning Products Making Your Family Ill?

Localities Crack Down on Homeowners Alarm Calls

Radon Sends Ripples through Water Systems

Are you a Hazardous Waste Case?


Keep Your Kids
Out of Harm's Way

Is Your Home Accident Prone?
Or not?

Children are a constant challenge�their appetite for toys stretches the safety limits: unsafe toys in the home are a major reason for accidents. Electrical appliances, hot water, toxic bleaches or pesticides... even something so innocuous as a drapery cord... all add to the dangers.

Each year, more children die in home accidents than from all childhood diseases combined, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Watch your children as they play and control what they're playing with�nothing can substitute for careful supervision.

And Other Things That Mean Trouble

Check for Choking Hazards

Look for tiny toys, toys with small, removable parts, or broken toys. Even such common items as coins, pins, buttons, or small batteries can choke a child.

Look for Labels

Look for labels with age recommendations�some that are safe for older children may contain small parts that are extremely hazardous in a younger child's hands.

Stop Slamming Toy Chests

If a toy chest or trunk has a free falling lid, remove it so it won't slam on your child. Look for a chest with supports to hold the lid open in any position, or choose one with sliding panels or a lightweight, removable lid.

Halt High Voltage Hazards
It�s easy.

Cover unused outlets with safety caps. Disconnect electric rollers or hair dryers when not in use.

Guard Against Falls
Before the spill.

Keep children away from open windows. Don't depend on screens to keep children from falling out. Avoid placing furniture near windows to keep children from climbing out.

Feeling more secure?

You're safer but still ACCIDENT PRONE until you know the DANGER ZONES for other common hazards.

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