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Test Your Home for Radon: Quick Tips

Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Follow these steps to check your home's radon level.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. This page provides information on what the symptoms of CO poisoning are, how CO is produced, what one should do to prevent CO poisoning, and more.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

A CO Alarm Can Save Your Life

Learn about the importance of replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms annually.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

A Healthy Home Checklist- (PDF)

Everyone can have a healthy home. This checklist and accompanying illustration show some key action steps to take in each room and area of the home.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults- (PDF)

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but simple to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Review Date: April 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Activities for Kids on Safety Topics

Here are some games and activities that will encourage kids to learn about a variety of child safety topics.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Learn how you can prevent harmful exposure to carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illness and death.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Emergency Preparedness: Safety at Home

It is important to identify and learn about the hazards most likely to occur in your community. Making a plan and sharing this information with your loved ones may prevent needless confusion, worry and injuries.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

National Safety Council

Energy and Fire Safety Tips for the Heating Season- (PDF)

With colder weather approaching and heating costs continuing to skyrocket, consider these simple tips to save energy and keep you and your family safe and warm.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Fire Protection Association

Eye Safety at Home

Find out ways to prevent eye injuries in your home.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Fall Prevention Tips

Find tips to prevent injuries to children due to falls from windows, balconies, playground equipment, furniture, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

FAQs-National Resource Center for Supportive Housing and Home Modifications

Review some commonly asked questions regarding finding contractors, government grants and more.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

Gardening Health and Safety Tips

Whether you are a beginner or expert gardener, health and safety are important. These tips will help you and your family stay healthy while having fun in the garden.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

Office of Women's Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hand Surgeons Urge Safety in the Garden

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. With proper safety techniques, you can stay away from the hospital and avoid becoming a statistic.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Healthy Homes: State Programs

CDC’s Healthy Homes Program is a coordinated, comprehensive, and holistic approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies. Find out if your state has funded healthy homes programs.

Review Date: March 01, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hip Fracture Prevention

Prevention of hip fractures is far better, and far less costly, than treatment after the bone is broken. Learn why broken hips occur and what you can do to prevent a broken hip.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Home Fire Prevention

Read these fact sheets that offer important fire safety tips on burn prevention, cooking fire safety, smoke alarms, residential fire sprinklers, home heating, fire extinguishers, and more.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Department of Homeland Security

Keep Your Hands Safe: Follow Lawnmower Safety Tips

Each year, more than 74,000 small children, adolescents and adults are injured by rotary, hand and riding power mowers due to improper handling. Find out how to avoid these injuries.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home

This page links to a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Safe Kids Worldwide

My Safe Home (Video)

The My Safe Home video provides detailed information on home safety. Step-by-step guides are provided to alert you to hidden dangers in every room of your home.

Review Date: April 20, 2012

Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide

National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Programs

Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. This page contains a directory of home modification and repair programs in the U.S. and territories.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

National Fire Protection Association: Safety Tip Sheets

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics including carbon monoxide, clothes dryer and grilling.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

National Fire Protection Association

Plan and Prepare for Many Types of Emergencies

Find tips on how to prepare for many types of emergencies including: power outages, winter storms, heat waves, floods, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, chemical emergencies, acts of terrorism, and more.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Poison Prevention - Fact Sheets & Safety Tips

Medications, household cleaners and even a leaky gas furnace can pose serious poisoning risks to your kids. Keeping potentially dangerous substances out of little hands is a sure way to prevent unintentional poisoning.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Safe Kids Worldwide

Pool Safety: Simple Steps Save Lives Videos

Watch these short videos on pool and spa safety to learn how you can prevent childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Prevention and Treatment of Burns - Miscellaneous Causes

This fact sheet provides suggestions for preventing accidental burns in the kitchen and other areas in the home.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Protect the Environment: At Home and in the Garden

Here are some simple tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home- (PDF)

Learn these simple steps to protect your family from lead poisoning.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Resource Page: National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

Articles and other up-to-date resources on health, home modification and other related needs of older adults.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

Children are often more vulnerable than adults to the harmful effects of chemical pollutants because they are growing and developing rapidly. Childhood exposure to toxins can cause serious health damage to an individual later in life.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Children's Environmental Health Network

When It's Just You After School

This article tells kids how to cope if they have to be home alone after school, waiting for parents to come home. Includes how to be safe and things to do if you feel lonely or bored.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

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