Keep it Safe

How Safety Issues in Your Home Can Affect Your Health

Accidental injuries can result in hospitalization, surgeries, and/or long-term disabilities. They are among the leading cause of death in the home.

How to Know if You Have a Problem

You might have some safety issues in your home if you have:
  • Clutter – such as clothing, shoes, papers, and toys – which creates dangers for slips, trips, and falls.
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors (at least one of each device for each floor of the home) that either are not present or not working.
  • Poor or no lighting in stairways, doorways, and walkways.
  • Hot water from the faucet that is very hot.
  • Dangerous items – such as medicines and vitamins, household cleaning products, matches and lighters, and sharp tools – stored where children can reach them.
  • Damaged electrical cords.

How to Fix the Problem:

  • Clear away things like clutter, loose electrical cords, slippery throw rugs, and spilled food that might make you slip, trip, or fall.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. Put in fresh batteries every autumn and spring, and check that the devices are working properly.
  • Put fire extinguishers in key places, such as the kitchen, bedroom, and basement. Replace or recharge them when needed.
  • Add or fix lighting in stairways, doorways, and walkways.
  • Replace damaged electrical cords.
  • Set hot water at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent burns.
  • Post the phone number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) next to every phone, and program cell phones with that number.
  • If children live in or visit your home, supervise them at all times, and childproof your home:
    • Store all dangerous items out of reach of children.
    • Always use safety devices, such as baby gates, child-proof containers, and safety latches on doors, windows and cabinets.
  • Do a thorough home safety check regularly.

For more information:

CT Department of Public Health - Indoor Air Quality and Carbon Monoxide Information
CT Department of Public Health - Injury Prevention Program
CT Department of Public Health - Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Program