Action Steps

Prevent Slips, Trips, & Falls

• Keep your floors clear of anything that may cause tripping. Pick up hazards such as toys, shoes and magazines.

• Clean up spills right away so people won't slip.

• Repair any stairs that are cracked or worn.

• If there are rugs in your home, use non-skid mats and throw rugs.

• When carrying large or heavy loads, make sure you can see where you're going. Ask for help if you need it.

• Keep your home well lit so you can see where you're walking at night.

Other tips

• Don't use chairs or tables as makeshift ladders.

• Wear shoes with non-skid soles and put young children in non-skid socks.

• Teach your children not to run indoors or jump down stairs.

• Teach your children and other family members about the dangers of falling and how to stay safe.

Poison-Proof Your Home

Use this guide to poison-proof your home room-by-room:

Your kitchen is one of the most dangerous places for a child. Drain openers, detergents, oven cleaners, and other cleaners can hurt you and your children. Put safety latches on all cabinets and drawers with harmful products. Even better, put them in a place that children can't reach. Children often get into dangerous products while someone is using them. If you can, keep your children out of the room while you're cleaning.

Things in your medicine chest—like medicine, makeup, mouthwash, first aid supplies, deodorants and cleaners can hurt children. Keep these out of their reach. Put a safety latch on your medicine chest.

Keep medicine, medications, perfumes, makeup, and cigarettes out of children's reach.

Things to look for in the living room are: liquor, cigarettes, furniture polish, lamp oil, and some plants. Keep these out of reach.

• Garage, Basement, and Laundry Room

These are some of the most dangerous places in your home. There are lots of chemicals and poisons in them that can hurt or kill a child: bleach, anti-freeze, gasoline, kerosene, car polishes, car batteries, paints, paint removers, mothballs, bug spray, road salt, and more. It's safest to keep children out of these places altogether.

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