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Home Safety Lesson for Kids: Tips & Checklist

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

One of the most important things in our lives is where we live. In this lesson, we will discuss some home safety tips that will help you keep you and your family safe. At the end is a handy checklist to help you make home safety easy!

Common Dangers in the Home

Keep flames and hot objects away from anything that is flammable.
Fire bench

When you think of staying safe in your home, you probably think of making sure the doors and windows are locked so nobody can get in. This is important, of course, but someone breaking into your home is much less common than some other dangers.

An alarm like this one can detect harmful gases and keep you safe in your home.
Carbon monoxide detector

One of the most common dangers in the home is fire. There are so many things in your home that can catch on fire. Anything that can easily catch on fire is flammable. Anything made of wood or cloth is very flammable.

Mold and bacteria can grow in dirty areas - make sure you clean cooking and eating surfaces often.
Kitchen surface

Another common danger in the home is breathing in certain harmful gases. Gases like radon and carbon monoxide are common in homes. High levels of these gases can make you sick.

Mold and bacteria are also common dangers in the home. These living things can make you sick, so you should make sure to avoid them being able to live in your home.

What Can I Do to Stay Safe?

To prevent fire, it is always best to keep open flames or anything hot away from flammable materials like wood and furniture. Blow out candles before leaving your home, and make sure you never leave the oven or stove on when you're not in the room. Make sure you have smoke alarms in your home to alert you to a fire that may have started. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a year.

To protect yourself and your family from harmful gases in your home, the best thing to do is to have a device that can detect them. Many smoke alarms also check for radon and carbon monoxide, but it is a good idea to have an extra one just in case. These devices are usually best if you put them in the lower level of your home, like in the basement.

The last one is easy. If you keep your home nice and clean, you should be able to prevent any mold or bacteria from growing. Pay attention to any surfaces you cook or eat on. Clean those surfaces even more thoroughly than others.

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