Kathy's Korner

Here are some home safety tips

Kathryn MillerJuly 16, 2008 

We all think we are safe. If we haven't experienced danger, we tend to live in a bubble thinking nothing bad will ever happen. But it can; and it does. So, what are some little things we can do to protect ourselves and our families in our homes?

In the kitchen

• Turn pot handles away from the stove front and position them away from other burners. This can save you or a child from knocking the pot or burning a hand.

• Cook on rear burners when possible.

• Use a frying pan splatter guard.

• Let food cool slightly before removing from the microwave.

• Don't use a wet oven mitt - your hand could be scalded.

• No water or fire extinguisher use on grease fires - smother with a lid and turn off the burner.

• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

In general

• Fit area rugs with a slip-resistant backing.

• Never run electrical cords under rugs or across doorways, and don't hang them from nails (like at holiday time!). Friction can overheat the cords, causing a fire.

• Put slip-resistant surfaces in and around the tub and shower.

• Unplug electrical appliances when not in use. Never store them near water.

• Install night lights a safe distance from bedding or curtains.

• Keep a phone and flashlight near your bed. Keep in mind that when the electricity is off, cordless phones don't work and cell phones can't recharge.

• Those gas or oil soaked rags in the garage? Don't wash them; get rid of them after each use - they are very flammable.

I know this isn't very exciting. But sometimes reading over a list like this can pop something into your mind that could protect you or the family. I'm always an optimist, but I try to be a personally responsible optimist!

• Kathryn Miller is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors. Email kathy@homesinyorkcounty.com.

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