I am in denial that 2013 is over. It seems that the years are going by faster and faster. But it is time to reflect and make plans for 2014. When the New Year hits, everyone scrambles to announce what their resolutions are going to be. Problem solved! Why not resolve to keep yourself safe at home and while you are away?
Test your smoke detectors on a monthly basis. Although some might think that they are annoying, those little white detectors may save your life! So test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Install a carbon monoxide detector. You should have one detector on every level. But if you only have one, plug it in outside of where you sleep. They also need to be tested monthly and new batteries at least once a year. Also remember that you shouldn’t be warming up your car inside the garage. Even with the garage door open, dangerous fumes are still making their way into your home.
Make a plan. Know what you are going to do before the emergency occurs. Practice the plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows where your designated meeting place is, in your front yard.
Fireplaces. After the fire is extinguished and everyone gets tucked into bed, please do not be in a hurry to discard the ashes. Wait a couple of days to make sure everything is cooled down and then place in a metal container that is kept away from the house.
Keep yourself and others safe on the road. Texting and driving is a growing trend, and a national epidemic, quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers and now is against Illinois law. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie. While driving to Midway Airport recently, the electronic sign on the expressway stated that there have been over 900 deaths this year from texting and driving.
Let’s work together to make 2014 the safest year ever!
(Sources: National Safety Council, Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety, National Highway Transportation Safety Adm.)