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At Home Safety

Release Date: November 15, 2023

The fall season is the perfect time to ensure your home has safety essentials in case of an at-home emergency. While these items do not prevent accidents from happening, they will help you protect yourself and your loved ones. It is recommended to annually do a check-up at your home to ensure you have life saving measures in place. Below are a few suggestions to add to your list:

  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Regularly test your alarm and replace batteries when low. Many detectors chirp when the batteries need to be replaced.
  • Locate your fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible place and ensure everyone in your family knows how to use it.
  • Buy a rescue ladder. If you live in a two-story home, consider purchasing a rescue ladder. This will provide an escape route if a fire is preventing you from making your way outside.
  • Create a first aid kit. Include bandages and wound care supplies, over the counter medications, thermometer, and a list of important medical phone numbers.

Regularly testing your home’s detectors and ensuring you have up to date safety measures in place is crucial in the event of an unforeseen emergency. For more information on employee resources, email worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 11/15/2023
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