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Take Safety Home

By Facilities and Safety Administrative Manager Amy Fela

Working in UCS’ Facilities and Safety Division has given me knowledge that I have put in place in my personal life — knowledge around health, safety, and preventative maintenance.  Our Director of Facilities and Safety, Paul Becker, has been heard saying “take safety home” on more than one occasion.  Many of the government guidelines for businesses are also very practical for your home.  Below are a few practices to keep in mind for your own home to help protect your loved ones.

Alarms:  Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of your home.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed near sleeping area.  If you already have these devices in place, test them.    Replace the batteries in your detectors at daylight-saving time change.

Escape:  When you test your alarms, practice your escape plan with your family.  Identify two exits for each room and a meeting space outside.

Fire Extinguishers:  Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers in important locations throughout your home:  the kitchen, bedroom, basement, and garage.  Check the expiration dates on the devices regularly and know how to use them safely.  If an extinguisher is not properly maintained, it may not work when you need it to.

Medications:  Keep all medications and medical supplies in a cabinet with a child-safety lock.  There are many medications that look like candy to young children (think gummy vitamins that look like a gummy candy, a laxative that looks like a chocolate bar, ibuprofen that looks like candy coated chocolate, etc.).  The appearance of something familiar that tastes good entices a child to ingest the product, posing the risk of accidental overdose or poisoning.

Water Temperature:  Your water temperature should be below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.

Emergency Planning:  Prepare for the unexpected.  Assemble a supply kit and family emergency plan to prepare for a natural disaster such as a hurricane, winter storm, flood, etc.  FEMA (www.ready.gov) has the information you need to begin this process.

Family Safety Trainings:  Attend trainings such as first aid, CPR, AED, and defensive driving (to name a few).  Trainings such as these could save the life of someone you love. 

This information and much more is available at www.safetyathome.com and  www.fema.org.

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