This DIY Home Safety Checklist Has Your Cincinnati Family in Mind
As you’re going about spring cleaning in your Cincinnati home, you won’t want to overlook a home safety checklist that helps rid your home of dangerous hazards that may compromise your family’s safety. It won’t take you very long to complete this simple checklist, and a minimal effort might just prevent a disaster.
Electrical hazard home safety tips
- Check any extension cords or appliance cords for frays or cracks and replace if needed.
- Look for overloaded outlets. There should only be one plug per outlet.
- Remove any cords that run over heaters, pipes or under carpets or rugs.
- Cover any exposed wiring you come across.
- If you have any appliances that occasionally overheat or short out, repair or replace them. There’s no need to take a chance of a potential devastating accident.
Home safety surrounding chemical hazards
- Be sure that any containers which contain flammable liquids, like gasoline or paint thinner, are stored in approved containers in well-ventilated areas away from your home.
- If you must store flammable items inside your home, be sure they’re kept away from children, gas appliances, heat sources and open flames, and only store them in approved containers.
- Oily rags should be stored in a sealed, metal container.
- Educate your family about the danger of using flammable materials for cleaning or starting fires indoors.
Prevent potential fire hazards
- Don’t allow flammable materials to stack up in your home. Throw away old newspapers, rags or other combustible materials after use.
- Don’t store clothes, extra linens, bedding or other flammable materials near electrical equipment, gas appliances or your furnace.
- Remove all yard waste such as leaves, tree branches and grass cuttings from your property.
- Check to ensure that your chimney, flu pipe, dryer and gas vents are clean and have adequate airflow.
- If you have a portable heater, make sure the automatic shutoff is working properly and the heater is placed on a level surface, away from high-traffic areas.