Tips for Home Safety

Accidents in the home cause more than 10,000 deaths annually. Keeping your family safe is your number one priority, and BLC Insurance knows that some accidents can be prevented with a little guidance.

Avoiding Accidental Falls

Falls can easily occur on a staircase. Use non-slip mats on each step as an extra measure of caution for anyone walking up and down the stairs. For young children, place safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. The gates must be the appropriate size and type for your staircase.

Windows can be your best escape in an emergency, but you or a small child could fall if they are not secured properly. Install window guards if you want to have your windows open during the day.

Poison Prevention

The majority of unintentional poisonings happen at home. Prevent your family members from getting their hands on dangerous substances by storing cleaning products and pest control canisters in unreachable or locked cabinets.

Always follow the instructions labeled on over-the-counter and prescription medications. Taking more than is recommended can lead to an overdose of medicines. Consult with your physician if you are taking more than one type of drug. Some medications have negative interactions when taken together.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

In Urbandale, IA, it is important for every household to have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly, clear, and odorless gas. This gas can build up,l in your home from fumes produced by gas stoves, grills, cars, fireplaces, and generators. With CO in your home, you could easily fall asleep and never wake up. Install a CO detector next to every bedroom and test it once a month.

Check with your independent agents in Urbandale, IA at BLC Insurance to make sure your home is safe and that you have the right coverage for your property.