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Are You Safe at Home?

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According to the National Safety Council, in 2002, 8 million people suffered from disabling injuries that occurred while at home.

Home health safety may be a topic you haven#t given much thought to # but you should. Routine maintenance can and will prevent many injuries and so will the purchase of needed items.

Every home should have a smoke detector installed and working. Without it, you could become the victim of smoke inhalation, which accounts for most fire-related deaths. If you have any fuel-burning appliances you also should have a carbon-monoxide detector. You#d never be able to smell, taste or see carbon monoxide and therefore couldn#t escape what you didn#t know existed.

Fire extinguishers are another top priority. Buy a multipurpose dry chemical Class ABC fire extinguisher and keep it close to a doorway or in the kitchen, since fires can easily be started in or near the cooking area.

Even the air you breathe on a daily basis can be harmful if it#s full of allergens, molds or harmful gases. Investing in a quality air filtration system could be a lifesaver. An air filter should virtually eliminate poor air quality # no more dust bunnies floating through the air!

In new home construction, ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are standard but in older homes, they may not be present. GFCI#s monitor the electricity flowing through a circuit and protect from electrical shock. If an imbalance is detected in the circuit, the GFCI will automatically shut off the electrical flow to that circuit and help prevent serious injury.

A little preventative maintenance will help keep your home safe, healthy and your mind at ease.