Home Safety

KY License: 246186 / TN License: 1898

Home Safety

Electrical Cords and Outlets


  • Check for frayed wires. Repair or replace any loose or frayed wires on all electrical devices. Follow the path of cords.  No cords should run under rugs or across doorways.

  • Baby-proof.  If you have any small children in your house, place plastic safety covers over unused outlets.

  • Rethink extension cords.  Consider adding electrical outlets where you currently rely on extension cord.

  • Check for a faulty electrical system.  Feel all outlets and plugs to see if any are warm; if so, have an electrician check them.

  • Don’t overload the system.  Make sure that you’ve followed manufacturers’ directions about maximum wattage of lamp bulbs and outlet requirements for plugs.  And don’t overload any one outlet.

  • Be certain that you have no more than one high-wattage appliance plugged into a single outlet. 

Home Heating

  • Examine the outside vents. They should be properly sealed and clear of obstruction to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in the house. Recheck during and after a snowstorm.

  • Pick the right wood. If you use a fireplace or a woodstove, stock up on dry seasoned wood, which burns without producing a lot of creosote. A buildup of creosote—soot—in the chimney or flue can be dangerous, causing chimney fires.

  • Hire a chimney sweep. Have flues and chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional annually.

  • Inspect wood-burning stoves twice monthly.

  • Make sure the door latch closes properly. The room should have a working smoke detector. And never let a child use the stove unattended.

  • Inspect water heaters annually and flush every two years.  The temperature should be set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns. Never leave children alone near a water heater, and keep combustible and flammable materials well away from it.

Smoke &  Carbon Monoxide Detectors


  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors generously.  These should be on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas.

  • Test alarms monthly.

  • Replace any that don’t work. (In any case, alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

  • Replace batteries annually.  Or sooner, if the alarm chirps.

  • Clean all detectors.  Vacuum each grille.

  • Post the fire department’s carbon-monoxide-reporting emergency number.  If it differs from 911, keep the number by every phone.

  • Demonstrate the sound of each detector.

          Family members need to know the difference.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Place extinguishers strategically around the house. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor.  Make sure you know how to use it.

  • Replace extinguishers when necessary.

  • Follow the schedule suggested by the manufacturer, and always replace an extinguisher that appears damaged.

  • Consider installing a sprinkler system.

     Home with Small Children

    • Lock the cabinets.  Install safety latches and locks.

    • Install window guards on every window.  Make sure on window in each room can be used as a fire exit.


    • Install safety gates. Bar the top and bottom of stairs.


    • Lock up hazardous materials.  Place any poisonous or hazardous products in locked cabinets. Post the poison-control hotline's number (800-222-1222) by every phone.


    • Make sure all your medicine and vitamins have child proof caps.  Store them out of children’s reach.


    • Stow away sharp knives.  Scissors and cosmetic tools too, as well as matches and plastic bags, should be kept out unattended.


    • Lock up any guns.  Be sure they are unloaded and separate from ammunition.


    • Install padding on furniture with sharp edges.  And put door knob covers on entry doors so kids can’t get out unattended.


    • If you have a pool, fence it in.  A pool should be enclosed with a four-sided fence and a child proof gate.


    • Teach children their address and how to dial 911.  As early as possible, children need to know these fundamentals.