Friday, June 05, 2009

Home, Safe Home

Ever forgotten to turn off the stove after cooking a meal? Or carelessly burned yourself with hot water? Ever get shocked when handling an electronic appliance or extension cord?

Despite the many comforts of home, the places we live can also present many hazards; some serious and potentially life threatening. In fact, injury in the home accounts for more than 21 million medical visits and 20,000 deaths each year.

To help reduce these alarming statistics, June is recognized as Home Safety Month where a special focus is placed on safety and preparedness in the home environment. As part of the observance, the Home Safety Council provides resources and information to assist families in reducing the risk from leading hazards such as falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking and drowning. It also provides tips on how to be prepared in case of a disaster.

Take time this month to learn how to make the place you live safe from everyday hazards and ready in the event of an emergency. And then, rest easy knowing you have done what you can to make your home a safe home.

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