Smoke Alarms or Carbon monoxide (CO) Detector:
Time to check your Smoke and the CO detectors! Batteries for these should be changed once a year whether or not the battery is dead to ensure that the family stays safe. If it makes a chirping sound at any time replace the batteries right away. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and the main areas of the home. CO detectors should be in a central area outside of the bedrooms and in the main areas of the home. Both alarms should be mounted at least ten feet from the stove and less then twelve inches from the ceiling and away from windows, doors, and ducts. There are alarms that can connect wirelessly to each other so if one goes off they will all go off; a great option to help keep your family safe!
Family Emergency Plan:
Families should have an emergency plan for a natural disaster or a catastrophic event. There should be a home and car emergency kit which should include one gallon of water per day for each person, at least a three-day supply of food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, filter mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, and medicines. Visit the FEMA Pamphlet for more information. The Mayo Clinic Website has a great list of what is needed in a first aid kit.
This is also a great time to get rid of those unwanted and unused medicines. There are prescription drop boxes at some pharmacies that you can take your prescriptions to, or you can go to NSC Website they offer free Drug disposal envelopes so you can send your medications to be destroyed. Also with the urge to clean your home be careful with the cleaning solutions that are kept around the house especially with little ones. Visit NSC Poison Prevention for more information.
Thank the NSC for their information about spring safety!