It is important for all families to have a home safety plan in place and to train themselves, other household members, including children and understand what to do in case of an emergency, such as a house fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, or gas leak. To get professional assistance with home and disaster planning, you can contact the websites listed at the bottom of this page.
Keep your critical family documents including insurance policies, passports, wills, deeds, social security cards and birth, marriage and death certificates in a safe deposit box at the bank and keep at least one copy of all documents in a single location at your home. Develop a written safety and disaster plan and place a copy in your safety deposit box Every person in your household should also have a copy of it. Here are additional steps your family should take to stay safe:
1. Train your family members about your safety and disaster plans every year.
2 .Conduct training for fire and carbon monoxide emergency evacuations every year.
3 .Store an emergency supply of food and water and update annually.
4. Test your carbon monoxide alarm and smoke alarm weekly and change the battery when daylight savings time ends in the fall every year.
5. Have a meeting place outside the home where everyone can get to after a home evacuation. A neighbor’s house is easy for all to remember.
6. Prepare or buy a first-aid kit. (it should contain sterile water, bandages and gauze pads, Band-Aids, soaps, gloves, pain relief medicine, upset stomach medicine, Imodium, tincture of iodine, iodine tablets, bleach and Polysporin, alcohol wipes and other disinfectants).
7. Prepare and store a disaster kit. Make sure you include a battery powered radio and at least two flashlights with at least one set of extra batteries, at least two compasses of professional quality, and a map of your area.
Other useful items include blankets, raincoats and warm clothes, and well as tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a Swiss Army knife, a can opener, a waterproof box with matches and a lighter inside, duct tape and a coat hanger.
These three websites contain valuable information to help you create your own family safety plan and be ready for any emergencies:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) A great resource to find more information about family disaster planning.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross have suggestions for what to include in an emergency disaster kit.
Other related information can be found on the following Safety Links by copying the names below in Google Search:
American Association of Poison Control Centers or www.aapcc.org/
Australian Training & Safety Institute Ltd
BBC Health - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
BBC Panorama - The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
California Safety Training Corporation
Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety
Compliance and Safety or www.complianceand safety.com
CROET Health & Safety Information
EHS Freeware - Environmental Health and Safety information and downloadable software
Ergonext: ergonomics web site with a lot of free Program, ClipArt, and Compliance Information
Foot Healthcare in the Workplace
Home Safety Council
Imagewave EHS Enterprise Software Solutions
Industrial Safety Integration Provider of CIRSMA risk assessment software.
KeyMoves Online Computer Ergonomics Training and Tracking
Maerix inc. French Canadian provider of various software to manage HSE,
MED-TOX Health Services
Mine Safety and Health Network - The MSHA Resource
Naval Safety Center
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
NHS Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Advice
Oregon OSHA Online Training Materials
Perdatum/Prognos Systems - Workers Compensation Claim Management, Safety and OSHA software systems.
Personal Injury Traffic Accidents UK
Safe and Healthy Working, Scotland
SafeDragon, Inc. Safety Reference for Consumers and Businesses
Safety compliance library and training tools, free weekly safety E-Zine.
Safety Info.Com - Free Safety Programs, Training Material, Safety Information for Business & Industry
Safety Online: Digital Marketplace for the safety industry
Safety Training Network - Safety Videos
SafetyHQ.Com - Safety/Security and Hazmat information and products
Seton Safety Resource Compliance Center
The Hazmat 101 Web information and tools about hazardous materials transportation, safety, and the DOT regulations.
VREGS Virtual Regulation Search tools for 21,29,40,49 CFR
Young Worker Health and Safety