Fire Corps Tips for Home Safety Month: Week Three

Monday, 15 June 2009

June is Home Safety Month, providing a perfect opportunity for Fire Corps teams to reach out to the public and work to reduce instances of unintentional home injury in the U.S. The campaign’s theme this year is “Hands on Home Safety,” which asks the public to take some simple, hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury – falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation, and drowning.

Each week this month, Fire Corps is sending out home safety tips that Fire Corps teams can use to educate their communities. Disseminate these tips to your contacts and community members. You can also find the tips online at For more information on Home Safety Month, including additional resources, visit the Home Safety Council Web site at

Week Three: Child Safety

Families with small children understand that there are hidden dangers throughout the home. Children are active, mobile, and curious, making the risk of an accident high. Parents can take several steps to make their home a kid-safe environment:

  • Install child locks on all cabinets used to store dangerous items such as medicine, cleaners, and matches.

  • If your home has a pool, hot tub, or other body of water, make sure each is surrounded by five-foot fencing with self-locking and self-closing gates.

  • If you have a toddler or small child, install hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway in your home.

  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling. Be sure the window guards have a quick release mechanism in case of fire.

Fire Corps programs can assist communities in taking preventative measures to avoid home fires. Fire Corps teams routinely educate their communities about home safety practices, and home safety checks are conducted by many programs across the country to reduce the risk of fire or injury.

Fire Corps has released a Home Safety Checklist to assist Fire Corps programs in ensuring safe homes and communities. Additionally, Fire Corps provides other resources to promote safety such as the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home module and the Getting Started With Firewise toolkit. Find these resources and more at, or send questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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