For most people, it's true that there's no place like home. That's because a person's home is generally a place for relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. It is also the place where people often feel the safest. Unfortunately, that may be a misplaced sentiment, as homes are filled with numerous threats to one's health and general safety. These threats are typically not things that people think of on a regular basis, or they may not be aware of them at all. Water, fire, and poison are all safety hazards that can cause injury or death. Unseen dangers and health threats such as carbon monoxide and mold spores may be in the very air that people breathe on a daily basis. The kitchen in most homes is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. In the kitchen, fire, water, poison, and even airborne contaminants are all present. Many of these safety hazards are more dangerous to children than adults. To prevent injuries in the home, it is important to educate all members of the household about safety. This can help them be more aware of the threats that are around them and will help prevent accidents from happening. Safety education can also help homeowners take any major steps necessary to make their home safe.

Home Fire Safety

  • Working Together for Home Fire Safety: Click on this link to open up a page on the U.S. Fire Administration website. The page includes a list of links to fire prevention and safety topics followed by advice on home fire safety. Advice on the page includes information such as preventing electrical fires and making an escape plan.

  • Keep Your Family Safe From Home Fires: Read about ways that families can protect themselves from fire. A video on how to use a fire extinguisher is also included on this page.

  • Home Fire Safety: The Seattle Fire Department provides this PDF fact sheet that covers topics such as smoke alarms, heating, cooking, and when to call 911. The document is divided into categories with information in easy-to-follow bullet points.

  • Fire Safety: Parents interested in fire safety will find this article by KidsHealth to be full of valuable information. The article discusses safety in the kitchen, fireplaces and portable heaters, and more. A section in the article also reviews teaching children about fire safety.

  • Home Fire Safety Checklist: Parents will find this PDF checklist useful for checking for fire safety with their kids. It covers cooking, heating, electrical, smoke alarms, and fire escapes.

  • American Red Cross - Home Fire Safety Fact Sheet: A PDF lists statistics and other facts about fires and fire safety.

  • Fire Safety: Home Safety Tips: King County Fire Marshal Services lists information about general home safety on their website. More specific information about kitchens, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, clothes dryers, candles, and more are also included on the page associated with this link.

  • Beware of Hidden Home Fire Hazards: The website for This Old House offers readers information and solutions regarding hidden fire hazards found in the home. The information is presented in as a slide show.

Home Water Safety

  • Water Safety at Home Tips: The Safe Kids Worldwide website lists tips on how parents can prevent accidental drowning. Readers will find four primary tips followed by additional advice.

  • Your Safety - Water Safety at Home: On this page, parents will find water safety tips that they can use to help teach their children about home water safety. The page also includes information about pool and swimming safety.

  • Home Water Safety Fact Sheet: Clicking this link opens up a PDF fact sheet on home water safety. The sheet is in a Q & A format and includes a short home water safety checklist.

  • Water Safety Tips: The advice and tips in this brochure cover in-home water safety and outside water safety in pools.

  • Water Safety: Protect Your Child From Drowning: The Mayo Clinic reviews ways that children can be protected from accidental drownings. The first page of this two-page article includes tips regarding water safety in residential pools and spas. The second page covers water safety tips in terms of toilets, bathtubs and buckets.

  • Water Safety Quiz for Adults: Parents or anyone caring for children can test their water safety knowledge by clicking on this link to open up a PDF water safety quiz. The water safety tips apply primarily to pools but also cover information useful for indoor water safety, such as how much water it takes for a child to drown.

  • Water Safety at Home: Safety advice on how to practice water safety when at home. Advice covers water safety when indoors and when outdoors in pools.

Home Poison Safety

  • Household Guide to Poison Control: This PDF poison-proofing checklist for the home covers the entire house including the garage, basement, and storage areas. The page also includes tips accompanying each area of the home included in the list.

  • Poison Safety: Learn about the different types of poisoning, such as poison in the eye, and first aid tips for each type. The phone number for the Poison Control Center can also be found on this page, along with a list of information that medical professionals will need.

  • Safe Kids USA - Poison Safety: Safe Kids USA offers this PDF flyer for parents that lists ways to practice poison safety in the home. Poisoning from lead and carbon monoxide are also covered on this page, as well as what to do if a child is poisoned.

  • Is Your Home Poison-Proof?: A Florida Poison Information Center Network brochure that lists poisons found in the home and where they are typically located. It also includes steps to practice poison safety and first aid advice for the different methods of poisoning, such as inhalation, for example.

  • Poison Prevention Home Checklist: Click the link to review and/or print a copy of a poison prevention checklist for the home. The list is designed to help homeowners find the poisons that are in their homes so that they may be properly and safely stored.

  • Poison Prevention for Seniors: Home poisoning facts and safety tips are included in this PDF brochure about seniors and poison prevention.

Home Air Safety

  • Air Quality: Read about poor air quality and how it affects human health by clicking on this link. The majority of the information on this page provides tips on how to improve air quality in the home.

  • Improving Indoor Air Quality: A fact sheet from Colorado State University Extension that provides information about indoor air quality and how to improve it. On the page, readers will find a list of indoor air quality problems and sources of air problems in the home. Additionally, readers will also find ways to make indoor air safer and healthier.

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Carbon Monoxide: Learn what carbon monoxide is and how it can build up in the air, creating an unsafe and potentially deadly home environment that results in carbon monoxide poisoning. This article provides information on what carbon monoxide is and how to prevent it from reaching unsafe levels in the home.

  • DIY Home Health and Safety - Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Air Quality: WebMD lists three steps that people can take to improve the air quality in their homes. The page also discusses indoor pollutants and the problems that they cause.

  • Fifteen Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality: Review the plants that are featured in this slide show and learn how they can help clean indoor air.

Home Kitchen Safety

  • Kitchen Safety: The website for the city of Phoenix offers safety information for home kitchens. The information on this page addresses topics such as ovens and ranges, grease fires, children in the kitchen, and behavior.

  • Safety & Prevention - Kitchen Safety: Read how to eliminate or reduce dangers to children when they are in the kitchen. The website for Healthy Children features a list of precautions that parents should follow.

  • Kitchen Safety Tip Sheet: Tips on how to stay safe while in the kitchen can be found in this PDF tip sheet. The tips focus primarily on the prevention of kitchen fires and burns.

  • Five Kitchen Hazards You May Have in Your Home: A list of potential kitchen hazards can be found on this page. Examples of the hazards listed include forgetting the fire extinguisher and too many appliances plugged into a single outlet.

  • Children and Kitchen Safety: A page on how to have a safe kitchen when children are learning to cook. It also discusses kitchen rules.

  • Kitchen Safety Tips: A list of eight kitchen safety tips that involve food safety, such as cleaning cutting boards and knives and avoiding cross contamination.

  • Think Safety! Practice Safety!: An article that discusses safety issues in the kitchen, such as avoiding falls, knife safety and safety around the stove. Information about kitchen fires is also included on this page.

  • Make Your Kitchen Comfortable and Safe: A kitchen safety checklist on the AARP website. This checklist is designed with seniors in mind and covers nine safety issues.