Minimizing the risks of fire in your home

Every home should be a safe place for families to grow and thrive together. In addition to taking steps to ensure that our homes are free of judgment and frequent arguments, it is also important that we do all we can to eliminate the threat of physical danger as well. Every home has a number of safety hazards that could potentially cause some serious damage if steps are not taken to prevent them. When we are at home enjoying time with our family, somebody accidentally getting hurt is usually the last thing on our minds. But statistics have shown that accidents do happen—usually when we least expect them.

Unfortunately, accidents in the home are responsible for causing more than 18,000 lives each year in the United States alone. They also account for more than 21 million medical visits each year, which amounts to around $200 billion dollars annually. Perhaps the worst thing about all of these accidents is that they are preventable with some planning and preparation. Here is a guide to make you aware of common home safety hazards and what you can do to prevent them.

Fires

Just over 3,000 Americans are killed each year due to house fires, making it the third most dangerous safety threat as far as home accidents are concerned. In addition to being physically dangerous, they also do a lot of damage to the home and valuable possessions within it. Here’s how you can avoid fires in your home.

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  • Install smoke detectors in each bedroom, the kitchen, living room, and any other large room.
  • Test your smoke detectors each month and replace their batteries every six months.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and make sure it is easily accessible.
  • Have a fire safety plan that everybody in your home knows and understands.

Falls

Falling is the most dangerous household accident, claiming over one-third of all home fatalities. Elderly people are most likely to fall and be seriously injured afterward. However, falls can happen to anybody, so it will be well worth it to take some simple steps to reduce the risk.

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    • Install safety gates at the bottom and top of staircases to prevent anybody (especially small children) from accidentally falling down them.
    • Place rubber mats in all showers and bathrooms.
    • Wipe up any spills or wet floors immediately.
    • Make sure all stairs both inside and outside the house are stable and in good condition.

Poisoning

Consuming poisonous materials claims the lives of over 5,000 Americans annually. Young children are most likely to succumb to this kind of accident. Here’s what you can do to lower the chances of your children being poisoned.

      • Keep all cleaning products that contain dangerous chemicals in high places, out of children’s reach.
      • Store paints, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals behind locked doors or cabinets.
      • Never leave your children unattended in the kitchen, garage, or anywhere else where they might be exposed to dangerous chemicals.
      • Keep the number for poison control readily available in your phone or posted somewhere in your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Perhaps one of the scariest household threats is carbon monoxide. It is impossible to rely on our senses to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which is part of the reason why it takes so many lives every year. The most important step you can take to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them regularly.

Drowning

Around 800 Americans die from drowning in their homes each year—most of them are children ages one to four. It does not take much water to drown a small child (two inches is plenty), so it is essential that you take steps to minimize the risk. Here’s how.

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      • Never leave children unattended in a bath tub, no matter how much water is inside of it.
      • Keep all toilet lids and bathroom doors closed when they are not in use.
      • All swimming pools, ponds, and other outdoor bodies of water should be protected by a gate that is only accessible intentionally.

Following these simple steps will help you greatly reduce the risk of accidents happening in your home. All of these things can be done in one week and will help to keep your home a safe place for you and your loved ones for years to come.

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6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

Moving, even if it’s a simple move across town, is a stressful event. The more people that you include in the equation, the harder and more difficult that it gets. Moving alone is hard, but then add a partner or friend, children, or pets, and it can get really overwhelming really fast. Especially when it comes to pets, it can be hard for them to understand what is going on. Often, a pet feels scared and unsure of what is happening during the moving process. This distress can be hard for them to adjust to your new home together. If you’re worried about the effect that moving may have on your pet, here are a few tips for an easy move with a pet.

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Ensure your new home is pet friendly
When trying to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during a move, it’s so important to make sure that there is a welcoming home waiting for them at the end of the move. Take a few extra moments before the move, to make sure that your new home is pet friendly so they can get comfortable in their new environment right away. Things like a doggie door and a fenced backyard will make sure that your furry friend enjoys their new home, as well as has an opportunity to relieve themselves at the end of a long drive.
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Drive your pet in your car with you
Whether you usually put your pet in a carrier or kennel in the car, or they are happy to sit next to you with their head out the window, make sure you bring your pet in your car with you. This will keep them comfortable during the transition process. A new home and environment is scary enough without having to add a strange car ride with a stranger or in a moving van.
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Pack them an overnight bag
This may sound a little overkill, as it’s not like your pet needs a toothbrush and a change of clothes for their first night in their new home. However, your pet will need food, their food and water bowls, as well as bedding, as soon as you arrive at your new home. Packing a little bag with all of their essentials will help them realize that this is their new home, because their things are there. Other great things to include in their overnight bag are kitty litter, favorite toys, and grooming tools such as a brush.

Keep your pet away during the move
For the sanity of your pet, you should keep them away from the moving process. It’s stressful to them to see you packing up everything they are familiar with. It’s not unusual for them to get rowdy and act out, as they may feel like you are abandoning them. It’s recommended that your pet stay with a friend or in their kennel/carrier in a quiet room of the home, away from all of the chaos.

Update their info and contact their vet
When you move, make sure that you update their microchip information with your new address. If you’ve moved far enough away that you need a new vet, ask your current vet for recommendations of vets in your new area. You can also ask to have all of your pets medical information and prescriptions sent to your new vet. This helps avoid any lapse of treatment and keeps your new vet in the loop of any preexisting conditions your pet may have.
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Don’t let your pet out without a leash
With the exception of fenced yards, don’t let your pet outside of your new home without a leash. Even if your pet is usually very docile and has never attempted to escape before, the new environment can be frightening and cause your pet to try to escape to try to return to their previous home. It can take months for your pet to feel comfortable in their new environment, so be patient with them during this transition as they get to know their new space.

It’s a new space for your pet and some pets aren’t very good with change, so anything like a comfy comfortable bed and an all natural treat may help them to settle in a little easier.

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