Every home, no matter its location, inhabitants, or size, should have these basic safety items on hand. According to WebMD, one third of all injuries happen in the home. Many of these can be prevented, or mitigated, by having safety necessities and being prepared.
• Fire extinguisher – Having at least one fire extinguisher is an absolute must. About 85% of house fires occur in the kitchen as a result of cooking. Keeping an extinguisher nearby (and knowing how to use it!) can be the difference between a minor incident with little damage and a total home loss. It is also a good idea to keep a second extinguisher upstairs in a two story home, or on the opposite side of the house.
• First Aid Kit – A first aid kit will come in handy in almost any injury situation. Be sure to get one stocked with square bandages in multiple sizes, adhesive tape, an instant ice pack, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and an ace bandage. Other items you may want to include are tweezers, sterile gloves, pain reliever, scissors, safety pins, flashlight and blanket.
• Smoke and CO2 Detectors – Be sure a smoke detector is in every bedroom of your house. Keep one in the kitchen and one in each common room as well. Test them and change the batteries every six months. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in or near bedrooms as well as close to any gas appliance and hot water heater. Test and change their batteries at the same time as your smoke detectors.
• Emergency ladder – An emergency ladder stored on the second floor near a window could save lives in the event of a fire or flood. Be sure you know how to use it and teach children who are old enough to open the window and manipulate the ladder.
Keeping these items in your home is a necessity. Be safe and be prepared – hopefully you’ll never need to use them!

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