Spring-cleaning the safe way
- Keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear of clutter.
- Carry only loads you can see over, keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings.
- Buckets are often used while cleaning and present a serious drowning danger to young children. Never leave a bucket or any standing water unattended, store buckets empty and upside-down.
- Follow safety recommendations when using harsh products, wear the proper gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because their contents could react with each other and create dangerous results.
- Never use gasoline as a cleaning solvent and never store gasoline in your home, even in small quantities. Because its vapors can readily ignite, it is too dangerous to use gasoline for any purpose, other than as motor fuel. Store flammable and combustible liquids outside in a locked shed or cabinet.
- When cleaning out cabinets, separate those items that read, "Caution," "Warning," or Danger" on them. Lock these items up, out of sight and reach of young children.
Home safety improvements everyone can make
- Install grab bars and non-slip decals in all bathtubs and showers.
- Make sure all medications, caustic cleaning products, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizer and other household chemicals are in their original containers and in a locked cabinet.
- Flush all unidentified and out-of-date medications down the toilet, rinse the containers well and discard them.
- Make sure all porches, hallways and stairwells are well lit.
- Sleeping areas should be protected by an UL-listed carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. Regular inspection and cleaning of heating equipment, along with proper use and maintenance of all appliances will help reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
- Use safety covers in electrical outlets and install cabinet latches in homes with young children. Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet, or out of children's reach.