Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition
The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission
On an almost daily basis, the CPSC announces recalls of cribs, household
appliances, children's toys, and thousands of other products. They also distribute
safety alerts on emerging dangers, such as children sleeping through the
sound of smoke alarms and space heater fires. Additionally, they distribute
millions of publications on topics ranging from childproofing a home to a
home safety checklist for older consumers. CPSC's information is vital to
the safety of young children, parents and the elderly. To learn more please
visit their website at www.cpsc.gov.
Home Safety Test -- A Home Sefety Checklist
In The Kitchen
- Loose, flowing clothing is never worn during cooking.
- Extension cords
and appliance cords are kept away from the sink and stove.
- Direct, even lighting
is available over the stove, sink and counters - especially where food
is sliced and cut.
- For reaching high
shelves, there is a stable step stool with a handrail to grasp.
- During cooking,
pot handles are turned toward the back of the stove.
- Hot liquids (coffee
cups!) Are kept out of children’s reach.
- Food treats or other
items attractive to children are not kept over the stove.
- Knives and sharp
objects are kept out of children’s reach.
- Cleaning supplies
are stored separately from food and kept beyond children’s
reach, or in cabinets secured with child safety
latches or locks.
- High chair is stable,
with a wide base and a tray that locks securely, and kept away from
- Ground fault circuit
interrupter (special electrical outlet) for all electrical appliances.
- Kitchen hood cleaned
- All kitchen appliances
cleaned and maintained.
In The Bathroom
- Bathtubs and showers are equipped with grab bars.
- Bathtubs and showers
are equipped with non-skid mats.
- The bath mat has
a non-skid backing.
- Hot water temperature
is set at <120 degrees F.
- A light switch is
located near the entrance to the bathroom.
- Small electrical
appliances, such as hair dryers, shavers, curling irons or radios,
are never used near water in sinks or tubs,
and are unplugged
when not in use.
- Ground fault circuit
interrupter (special electrical outlet) should be available near bathroom
sink and tub.
- All medicines are
clearly marked and stored in the containers they came in.
- All medicine bottles
have child-resistant caps unless you are unable to open such bottles).
- Medicines and vitamins
are stored beyond children’s reach, and are
disposed of properly when outdated.
- When bathing, children
are always watched by an adult.
- Clean all spills
In The Bedroom
- Lamps or light switches are within the reach of each bed.
- Fire sources, such
as ash trays, smoking materials, heaters, hot plates, teapots, etc.,
are kept well away from beds and bedding.
- No one in the house
ever smokes in bed!
- Electric blankets
are not covered or folded. ("Tucking in" an
electric blanket can cause heat buildup and start a fire.
is a telephone next to the bed.
- Emergency numbers
are posted near or on phone with light source nearby.
- Have working
flashlight within reach of bed.
- All bedrooms should
have smoke detectors, either battery-operated or with battery back-
In The Nursery
- The crib has slats 2 3/8 inches (or less) apart.
- The crib mattress
fits snugly (no more than a two-finger gap between mattress and railing.)
- The toy chest has
a lightweight lid, no lid, or a safe closing hinge.
- Small children are
always held securely while they are on high surfaces (for example,
an infant on a changing table).
- Changing table has
safety straps to prevent falls and child is never left unattended.
- Cribs are positioned
away from drapery cords or venetian blind cords to prevent strangulation.
Throughout The House
- Small rugs and runners are tacked down or slip-resistant.
- All high-traffic
areas, such as hallways and passageways between rooms, are well lighted
and free of obstructions, such as furniture
- Cleaners are purchased
in child-resistant packaging whenever possible, and are not transferred
to other containers. Non-food items, such
as cleaners or bleach, are never stored in food containers.
- At least one telephone
is located where it would be accessible in the event of an injury which
left the resident unable to
- Emergency numbers
are posted on or near each telephone.
- If you have a personal
emergency response system, it should be worn at all times!
- Never block exits.
- Hazardous materials
not regularly used should be disposed of properly. Call local Waste
Management district for
- All electrical and telephone cords are paced out of the flow of traffic.
- Cords do not run
beneath furniture or rugs.
- Wiring is not nailed
or stapled to walls or baseboards.
- Electrical cords
are not frayed or cracked or taped.
- Extension cords
are never overloaded, and the wattage ratings of cords are correct
for all appliances.
- All outlets and
switches have cover plates.
- If there are toddlers
in the house, plastic "shock-stop" outlet
plugs are in place in all unused electrical outlets; electrical
cords are out of the reach of small children.
- Light bulbs are
appropriate sizes and types for the lamps and fixtures.
- All light fixtures
have bulbs in them.
- Electrical space
heaters are properly grounded, and are connected directly to wall outlets.
Space heaters should
shutoffs. Use away
- If fuses are used,
they are always the correct size for the circuit.
- Ground Fault Interrupter
(GFI) power strips are used for multiple outlets instead of extension
In The Basement or Garage
- Work areas are well lighted.
- Lights can be turned
on without walking through a dark area.
- Power tools have
guards inn place and are properly grounded.
- Containers of volatile
liquids, such as paints and cleaning solvents, are tightly capped,
stored away from, and never used near, ignition
such as furnaces and water heaters.
- Gasoline is stored
in an approved container, and is never stored in the home!
- If there
are small children in the house, latches control their access to
the garage and basement, which are areas where many
dangerous items are often stored.
- Bicycles are kept
in good repair, with adequate brakes and reflectors, and a working
- Keep all combustibles
at least 36" away on
all sides of heat-producing devices (furnace, hot water tank).
- Check chimney for
cracks and opening.
- Clothes dryer is
- Washer and dryer
are properly grounded.
- Gas vents from furnace
and hot water tank properly vented through chimney.
- Oil spills should
be covered with unscented kitty litter to absorb the spill.
filters are clean and in good shape.
- Lint baskets on
clothes dryers are properly cleaned.
- All bicyclists wear
helmets that meet the Snell Memorial or American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) standards
On The Stairs
- If there are small
children in the house, toddler gates are used at the top and bottom of
stairs. (Old fashioned, "accordion-style" gates
are not used.)
- Stairs are well
lighted, and there is a light switch at both the top and bottom of
- Sturdy handrails
are fastened securely on both sides of the stairway, and these handrails
run continuously from the top to the bottom
of the flight
- Steps allow firm
footing (no worn treads or loose carpeting), are even and of the same
size and height.
- The edges of the
steps are easy to see.
- Nothing is ever
stored on the stairway, even temporarily.
Safety For Small
- Access to windows
is blocked, and windows have secure screens or window guards.
- All stairs,
protective walls, railings, porches and balconies re sturdy
and in good repair. Small children shouldn’t be allowed on
- Safety locks or
latches are installed on cabinets and drawers that
contain any potentially dangerous items, such as medicines, cleaning
matches, alcohol, knives, tools, etc.
- All plants are kept
out of children’s reach. (Some plants are very
- There are no loose
paint chips (which toddlers might swallow) around the house. (Children
who may have been exposed to lead
in this way
should be checked by a doctor immediately.)
- The number for
a local poison control center is kept on or near the telephone.
is Syrup of Ipecac in the house - just in case it’s needed
to induce vomiting (Ipecac should not be used unless indicated
in poisoning first aid instructions).
- Small items and
foods that could choke a child are kept out of reach.
- Pocketbooks with
potentially dangerous items, such as vitamins, birth control pills,
cigarettes, matches, jewelry and
swallow, poisonous batteries) are kept out of children’s
- Swimming pools in
the neighborhood (including your pool) are fenced with self-latching
- Swing sets and jungle
gyms are securely anchored, have low impact foundation materials and
- Children are buckled
up (in age-appropriate seats, if necessary) during all auto travel
- and you
a good example
by buckling up, too!
Firearm Safety If
you feel you must keep a gun in your home, take these precautions:
- Attend a
firearm safety course.
- Keep the gun in
a locked drawer or cabinet; keep the key out of children’s
- Store the gun unloaded
- Use a trigger lock.
- Keep ammunition
in a separate, locked place.
- Firearms in the
home are more likely to injure a family member than an intruder. Safer
ways to protect your
- Good lighting all
around your home.
- Secure locks.
- There is at least
one battery operated smoke detector properly installed on every floor
of the house and in every bedroom.
- Smoke detectors
are checked monthly to be sure they’re working properly.
should be changed annually.
- House numbers are
visible from the street.
- Small heaters and
stoves are placed where they can’t be tipped over,
and are away from furnishings and combustible materials, such
as curtains and rugs.
- Space heaters that
burn kerosene, LP gas or natural gas are used according to the manufacturer’s
instructions for sate installation, operation and maintenance.
heaters comply with local fire ordinances.
- Space heaters are
inaccessible to small children.
- Wastepaper, trash,
and combustibles such as paint should be disposed of properly.
curtains and other combustible materials are kept away from space
heaters, stoves and fireplaces.
- Woodburning equipment
is installed properly, inspected periodically, and inaccessible to
- Chimneys are inspected
and cleaned every year, more often if needed.
- An emergency exit
plan and an alternate route have been mapped out in case of fire, and
by the whole
- A working fire extinguisher
is available to handle small fires, especially in the kitchen,
know how to use
it. If home alone,
dial fire department first.
- All family members,
including children, know how to "stop, drop and
roll" to put out flames if clothes
- Matches, lighters
and butts are always
disposed of safely by persons who smoke.
cigarette smoking is
unhealthy for everyone
- Cigarette butts
should be held overnight or doused in water and only discarded
in a metal
Tot Finder" or "People Protector" stickers are in windows
of bedrooms occupied by children,
the elderly or the handicapped. Remove them if no longer appropriate.
- Keep all smoking
materials (including lighters) out of reach of children.
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