Friday, December 12, 2008

Safety at Home

As the largest independent safety testing organization, Underwriters Laboratories is working with actor Keri Russell to spread the word about UL’s safety movement. The campaign, which includes Keri’s PSA, aims to educate consumers and provide them with relevant and timely information and resources about safety at home. UL is also offering consumers a chance to win a $10,000 Best Buy shopping spree for UL-listed appliances.

Safety Tips
Safeguard Your Home for the Holidays:
The holidays are a time to turn your attention to family, friends and the celebrations of the season. Taking a few simple safety precautions will help things go just the way you planned.
Carefully inspect decorations before use.

Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose fire or shock hazards.
Position your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure your tree isn’t blocking a doorway or exit route.
Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together.

Light strings with larger, screw-in bulbs should have no more than 50 bulbs connected.
Turn off electrical lights, decorations and space heaters before leaving home or going to bed.
Make sure all electrical products bear the UL Mark .

Make Safety a Habit
You’re always on the alert for hazards that could endanger your family, but did you know a large percentage of injuries happen at home?

Add these tips to your safety checklist for an extra measure of protection.
Practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones.

Every family member should know at least two ways to exit each room in the home.
Never run electrical cords under carpets, rugs or heavy items, or bunch them up behind a hot appliance or radiator.

This can cause damage or overheating and create a fire hazard.
During an electrical storm, stay away from corded telephones, plumbing, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables and metal doors and window frames.
Take medications and medical supplies out of your purse, pockets and drawers and put them in a cabinet with a child safety lock.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every month and replace the batteries when you reset your clocks at daylight saving time.

Replace smoke alarms at least every 10 years and CO alarms every five to seve


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