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Four Factors That Can Help Prevent Unintentional Injuries

Ways to Prevent Hazards in Your Home.

Ways to Prevent Fires in the Home:

-First off, every home should have at least ONE working smoke alarm.

-Never overload circuits and extension cords.

-Unplug appliances when not in use.

-Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from any combustable material.

-Incase of fire, have your exit route planned and posted so that everyone knows the way out and the meeting place.


Ways to Prevent Poisoning:

-Keep all medications out of reach of children.

-Keep all chemicals out of reach of children.

-Do not let children near the chemical closet.

-If chemicals come in contact with hands or eyes, flush thoroughly with water.


Firearm Safety in the Home:

-TREAT EVERY GUN AS IT WERE A LOADED GUN!!!

-Keep a lock on all guns that are not kept stored in a safe.

-Do not prop guns up in the corners of the house.

-Keep all ammunition stored in the safe along with the guns.

How to Be Prepared for a Disaster

Hurricanes:

-Hurricanes usually come with an advance warning so that people can evacuate the area. If you do not evacuate you need to board up your windows and doors and have a supply of food and water and batteries. Stay indoors immediately before and after the storm until a weather service has advised you to do so.


Tornados:

-Tornados come with little to no warning. They can be dangerous and even deadly. When warning come across your television station, take cover immediately. Take a flashlight or whistle so that if you get stuck under debris you can signal for help.


Floods:

-Floods come in two categories, Flash Floods, and Floods. Flash Floods come quickly and can raise a creek's water level up very high in a shot matter of time. Ways you can be prepared are you can be prepared to go to higher ground. Do not drive across flood covered roads.


Sources:

Prentice Hall Skills For Wellness