How can I make my home safer?

HOME SAFETY

Home is wherever you hang your fire extinguisher.

The perfect home environment should include safety stuff, too: smoke alarms, CO detectors, fire extinguishers and more. They can make the difference when you need it most.

Find (add GFIC outlets?)
Rooms with water need working ground fault interrupting outlets (GFIC). So test ‘em. Then take a tour. Look for overloaded outlets, daisy chain extension cords and appliances that could be knocked into a sink or tub. Finally, if curious little fingers are around, install spring-loaded outlet covers.

Fright (near detectors)
The natural habitat for smoke and CO detectors is at the top of stairs, near bedrooms and between the garage/furnace and living spaces. Replace batteries at least once a year, and detectors every five.

Fight (near extinguisher)
Have a working fire extinguisher on every floor – in the kitchen and near sleeping areas, for sure. And remember, aim low.

Flight (add escape ladder?)
Make an escape plan and make sure everyone in the family knows it – and where to meet. Get an escape ladder if you have a multi-story home, practice, and put it in a smart place.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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