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(Your Town/City) Residents Urged to Take Action to Protect
Against the Leading Causes of Home Injuries

(DATE) – Ask people where they feel safest and most will say in their own homes. Yet, Home Safety Council research shows that nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits occur on average every year as a result of accidental home injuries. During Home Safety Month in June, the (Your Fire Department) is urging (Your Town/City) residents to take simple steps to protect against the five leading causes of accidental home injury – falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation and drowning.

“During June, (Your Fire Department) is working with the national, nonprofit Home Safety Council to encourage (Town/City) residents to take a hands-on approach to making the home safer for the entire family,” said (Your Department Spokesperson’s Name and Title). “Simple and inexpensive changes in each area of the home can make a real difference in preventing injuries and keeping loved ones of all ages safe at home here in (Town/City).”

A Safer Home for the Entire Family

To help people take action and make the critical improvements needed to prevent home injuries, the (Your Fire Department) is joining the Home Safety Council’s Home Safety Month campaign. Follow the Council’s simple steps below to protect everyone in your family from the leading causes of home injury.

Prevent Falls

  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
  • Have bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings.
  • Have handrails on both sides of the stairs and steps.
  • Use a ladder for climbing instead of a stool or furniture.
  • If babies or toddlers live in or visit your home, use baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.

Prevent Poisoning

  • Read the warning label before using potentially poisonous products. If you see the words “Caution”, “Warning”, “Danger”, “Poison” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” lock these items in a place where children can’t reach them.
  • Keep all cleaners in their original containers. Do not mix them together.
  • Use medications carefully. Follow the directions.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas.
  • Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you need help or want information about poisons. This number will connect you to emergency help in your area.
  • Call 9-1-1 if someone needs to go to the hospital right away.

Prevent Fire and Burn Injuries

  • Install working smoke alarms and hold fire drills. If you build a new home, have fire sprinklers installed if at all possible.
  • Stay by the stove when cooking, especially when you are frying food.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Use deep ashtrays and put water in them before you empty them.
  • Lock matches and lighters up high, where children can’t reach them. Store them in a cabinet that is not directly over the stove or other heat source.
  • Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Blow the candle out if you leave the room or go to sleep. It’s safest to use battery-operated candles.
  • Keep your hot water at 120° F or just below the medium setting to help prevent scald burns.
  • Stay within an arm’s length of young children when they are in or near the tub or sink.

Prevent Choking and Suffocation

  • Keep common choking dangers such as coins, hard round foods and latex balloons out of children’s reach.
  • Don’t place pillows, comforters or toys inside or on the crib.
  • Clip the loops in window cords and place them up high where children can’t get them.
  • Read the labels on toys. Be sure your child is old enough to play with them.
  • Tell children to sit down while they eat and to take small bites.

Prevent Drowning

  • Pay attention and stay within an arm’s length of children in and around water. This includes the bathtub, toilet, pools and spas – even buckets of water.
  • Put a fence all the way around your pool or spa.
  • Empty large buckets and wading pools after using them. Keep them upside down when you are not using them.
  • Make sure your children always swim with a buddy. No child or adult should swim alone.

For more information on how to keep your family safe in and around the home, please visit www.homesafetycouncil.org. Just in time for Home safety Month, the Home Safety Council’s Web site has been updated to be more interactive and consumer-friendly. Along with information, tools and resources to help you make your home safer and prevent the leading causes of home injury, the site also includes interactive quizzes, forums and opportunities for you to share your experiences and personal stories with other caregivers.

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