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Home Safe Home

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  1. Home Safe Home

  2. Fire Safety • Smoke alarms – have them and check them regularly • Have a fire escape plan at home and work • Check for other potential fire hazards • Take care of fireplaces and portable heaters • Extinguish candles and turn off appliances before leaving home • Avoid overloading power strips and outlets

  3. Fire Safety How to put out a small fire - P-A-S-S PULL – pull the pin AIM – aim at the base of the fire SQUEEZE – squeeze the handle SWEEP – sweep the spray back and forth

  4. Home Maintenance • Inspect your house inside and out every spring and fall • What should you look for? bushes and trees needing trimmed exposed wires slips and falls culprits exterior damage www.homesafetycouncil.org

  5. Slips, Trips and Falls, oh my! Culprits: • Unsecured rugs • Slippery bath mats in the tub • Stairs without railings and adequate lighting • Floor and stair clutter • Icy steps outside • Wires from laptops, heating pads, floor lamps, and chargers

  6. Don’t fall! Prevention: • Carry small loads • Grasp stair railings • Tape and secure rugs and bath mats • Keep stairs clear of clutter or toys

  7. Food Safety • Step one – be clean • Don’t just wash hands, but all surfaces, utensils and food • Proper cleanliness can help prevent food borne illness

  8. Food Safety • Step two – separate • Put cold foods in grocery cart last • Keep meat away from other foods in cart and grocery bags • Use separate cutting boards for meat and other foods • Throw away extra sauce and marinade that has touched raw meat

  9. Food Safety • Step three – cook and store • Cook foods to a “safe temperature” to kill all bacteria – use a food thermometer • Stir foods as you cook to ensure they are cooked thoroughly • Cover foods being cooked in the microwave • Keep your fridge at 40 degrees and freezer at zero degrees to keep food safe • Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of eating

  10. Food Safety - Perishables Keep or throw away if there’s a power outage and you have foods in fridge or freezer? power outage is more than 4 hours food is over 40 degrees for more than 2 hours if it has come in contact with raw meat juices THROW ANY OF THESE FOODS AWAY

  11. Food Safety – canned goods Keep or throw away? Foods stored in area cooler than 75 degrees Foods 1 year past date of purchase Foods beyond “best if used by dates” Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture.Source – Canned Food Alliance

  12. Emergency Preparedness • Know what “might” happen • Make an emergency plan • Assemble an emergency kit • Communicate the plan with your family • Listen to community officials • What to do if you STAY • What to do if you GO

  13. While You Are Away • How can you make your home look the same? • Use timers to create the appearance of someone home • Have a neighbor keep an eye out • Unplug electronics that aren’t needed • Check all windows and doors • Let local police know you will be away

  14. While You Are Away • Secure all valuables in plain sight • Make a showing on garbage day • Don’t start the washing machine, dryer or dishwasher before leaving home

  15. For more information…Visit your wellness website:www.commonhealth.virginia.gov