Home Safety Guide

There’s no place like home, and no place more worthy of safety preparation.

Home Safety Guide for National Safety Month

There’s no place like home, and no place more worthy of safety preparation. June is National Safety Month, but any day of the year is a perfect time to help families prevent home injuries, fires, theft, and accidents. Grab your community’s attention with safety activities and events that focus on education, motivation, and recognition. These programs are a great way to create a lasting impression regarding safety in the home.

3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in either homes with non-working smoke alarms.

Where There’s Smoke…

3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in either homes with non-working smoke alarms or homes with no smoke alarms at all. Fire departments can organize a smoke alarm presentation to help increase awareness in the community about their life-saving benefits. Hold a raffle for smoke alarms, and distribute smoke alarm checklist magnets to all attendees. Here are a few more ideas for fire-safety events:

  • Organize a Fire Safety Open House. Local fire stations can invite residents to the firehouse to learn how to practice fire safety 24/7.
  • Encourage a neighborhood Fire Safety Get-Together. Choose a weekend to visit homes in your area and offer walk-throughs to discuss escape drills, proper evacuations, and home fire hazards.
Engage your entire community around your initiatives to prevent neighborhood crime.

Home Safe Home

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a home burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States – and around 40 percent of these burglaries are not forced entries. This means a burglar was able to get inside homes easily.
  • At your next community event, such as an open house, safety fair, or community picnic, teach attendees how to lower their risk of burglaries. Hand out “Simple Ways To Secure Your Home” Magnets.
  • Engage your entire community around your initiatives to prevent neighborhood crime. Set up a Neighborhood Watch, offer Home Safety Seminars, and hand out “Let’s Learn About Crime” parent and child activities books and safety whistles to families.

Fall Prevention is Always in Season

  • 6 out of every 10 falls happen at home. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your's or a loved one’s living area, as well as personal lifestyle changes.
  • Offer a workshop or open house for members of your community to discuss making their homes safer and preventing falls. A Home Safety Checklist: Keep Your Love Ones Safe is an ideal handout.

You may think that accidents “just happen,” but simple measures like those mentioned above can considerably reduce the chances of being injured at home, being caught in a fire, or falling victim to a burglary. Do your part to promote home safety, and help your community stay safe and rest easy day and night.