June is Home Safety Month

Originally Posted By: dfrend
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June is Home Safety Month and the NACHI Foundation’s Safe House Campaign wants to remind inspectors, we can help! Home inspection customers are in what is considered a prime learning situation. They are making a major investment and are paying YOU for advice. Just by taking a few moments to talk to them or add a few phrases to every report, you can make them aware of safety.

Here are some top tips for home owners from our partners at the Home Safety Council. I have most of these in my report, and it took a few minutes to do.

During Home Safety Month, the Home Safety Council offers these steps to a safer home:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.

Develop a fire escape plan for your family that has two exits out of every room and a place to meet outside. Practice makes perfect ? hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.

Always stay in the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove.

Make sure all stairs have a secure handrail and keep all stairways, paths and walkways clear of clutter and well lit.

Install grab bars in bath and shower stalls, and use a non-slip mat or adhesive safety strips inside bathtubs and showers.

Post emergency numbers including 911 (or local number) and the National Poison Control Hotline number (1-800-222-1222) next to every phone in your home.

Install child locks on all cabinets used to store potentially dangerous items.

Keep your water heater setting at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

If you have a pool, install four-sided pool fencing with self-locking and self-closing gates. Fencing should completely isolate the pool from the home and be least five feet high.

Practice touch supervision - stay within arm?s length and constantly supervise children in or near water such as pools, ponds, bathtubs and buckets.

Daniel R Frend
The Home Inspector Store