Home Safety

Did you know that June is Home Health Safety Month? Neither did we. In fact it seems that every month there is a new "special." Anyway, in light of this special month we decided to let you know about some things you can do to keep your families safe.

According to information on the Home Safety Council's Web site, "injury in the home is extremely common, accounting for approximately one-third of all injuries." In fact unintentional home injuries caused more than 20 million medical visits in a single year.

Here are some bits of advice that can help ensure the safety of your home.

1. Perform a Home Inspection - Look in the attic, basement and garage for overloaded circuits, frayed wires or potential fire hazards in storage areas. Make sure these areas are properly ventilated, particularly if they contain any household chemicals, pesticides or paint supplies.

2. Ladders - It's a good idea to use a step ladder for use in the home instead of a chair to change the light bulb or batteries in the smoke detector.

3. Be Smart Outside - Only use extension cords marked for outdoor use. Check for power lines before going up on a ladder or trimming trees. Stay at least 10 feet away from any power lines. Before digging, make sure you understand where any underground power or utility lines are located on your property.

4. Use Tools Wisely - Inspect and clean garden and lawn equipment before each new season - make sure they are sharpened for peak performance. If you are not familiar with power equipment hire a professional to take care of the job.