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Be Smart – Plan your Home Fire Escape!

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Have you ever thought about what you would do if a fire broke out in your home? If you answered “No” don’t stress, most parents don’t have any sort of plan at all!

Read on to find out exactly how to plan your fire escape to have complete peace of mind.
Draw up a plan based on your home’s layout. If possible try to identify two ways out of every room, and then go over the plan with your children. For younger kids rather demonstrate the plan rather than show them as they’ll understand it better that way. A home practice drill can be scary for a small child, so make sure to reassure them that it is important to know how to stay safe. Visit www.sparky.org and use their child-friendly Home Fire Escape Plan template!
Get low and go. Always teach your children this saying! Practice escaping from each room by crouching and crawling along the walls of the room to the exit. It is also a good idea to teach your children to check if the door is hot with the back of their hands before opening it. T…

Appliance Safety Hazards – Stove & Oven

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An average kitchen is filled with many safety hazards that you may not even notice.

Whether you have a gas stove or an electric stove, the risks of burns is not the only reason this appliance can be dangerous.
Common Safety Hazards...
     ·Tipping        ·Burns        ·Fires
Grease and fat is going to build up in and around your stove and oven no matter if you’re an active cook or not. Most of us wipe down after we’ve cooked, but there are hidden areas that often go unnoticed such as underneath the elements and up in the ventilation hood. Never ignore these areas, they can cause a fire hazards, so clean them thoroughly every few months.
Stoves that are not build into the counter can easily tip and fall over, especially if a child is hanging onto it or if someone leans on the door. Make sure the stove is secure properly to the floor to prevent this type of kitchen hazard.
The heat from an electric stove is dangerous and many people have burned their hands on a stove top or inside the ov…

Appliance Safety Hazards – Microwave

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Microwaves have really changed the way we cook our meals. However because of the way microwaves use radiation to cook food, there have been some concerns about the risks of using this appliance instead of a regular stove or oven...

Common Safety Hazards...
   ·Radiation exposure        ·Electrical hazards
To make sure you get the least amount of exposure necessary to the radiation from your microwave, you need to ensure that the door seal and the lock work 100% If the door doesn’t close properly, sparks could fly and it can be extremely dangerous. Fix the seal immediately or check if a vent is not block with food or grease.
A damaged or broken stirrer can also cause radiation and electrical problems in your microwave. This means all the energy in the microwave will be focused in only one area and not evenly distributed around the machine.

How to maintain your microwave...
ALWAYS clean your microwave after you have used it, especially if you didn’t put a cover on and food has splattered…

Appliance Safety Hazards – Refrigerator

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We have many appliances all around our homes, but we often forget that they could turn into safety hazards.
Our fridge is an appliance that we often take for granted. We are so used to it being around that we forget about maintaining it and making sure it isn’t a safety hazard. However, you need to do these things in order to keep you and your family safe.

Common Safety Hazards...
   ·Fires        ·Illnesses        ·Tipping
Keep an eye on the amount of dust and lint that gathers behind and under your fridge. This build-up can cause electrical hazards. Wires that are exposed can also present an electrical fire hazard.
Be careful that your children do not hang on the fridge and cause it to tip over; this is especially possible if the fridge is not placed on sturdy ground.
Another danger to watch out for is foodborne illnesses such as E. coli and salmonella which can survive even in the fridge!

How to maintain your refrigerator...
Clean behind and under the fridge on a regular basis. This…

Your Home Maintenance & Safety Guide for this Month

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While the gloom of winter rolls in, don’t forget to do something for your home this month! 
If you only have time for a few tasks, do the most important ones first...
KITCHEN

- Remove the crumbs from the toaster to avoid a serious fire hazard
- Clean out the microwave
- Scrub out the dishwasher
BEDROOMS

- Vacuum under the beds
- Tighten and lube door hinges to avoid any accidents
- Keep a flashlight in every room with a fresh set of batteries
BATHROOMS

- Refill your first aid kit with things like plasters, anti-septic and more
- Unclog your drains with boiling water and bicarbonate of soda or vinegar
- Check for leaks behind the toilet and under sinks to make sure water isn’t being wasted
OUTSIDE

- Unclog your gutters and drains to prepare for the winter showers
- Inspect the outside of your house for problems like broken light bulbs
- Make sure your house number is visible so you can be reached if you are ever in an emergency situation

Stay safe and keep your home maintained properly by…

Tips to Stay Safe on the Road this Easter

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Easter is that time of the year when thousands of people are on the roads, travelling to their holiday destinations.
But with thousands of people travelling, comes more accidents and deaths. The department of transport reported that the main cause of accidents is speeding, dangerous overtaking, drinking and driving, fatigue and vehicles that aren’t roadworthy.
Read these tips and use them!
Always stick to the speed limit.
When you speed you reduce the time you have to react as well as limit your ability to steer properly. Follow the speed limit and you’ll be able to react to dangerous situations and safely drive around any objects in the road.

Overtake when it is safe to do so.
NEVER overtake on a solid line. When you do want to overtake make sure you have a clear view of the traffic heading your way and never overtake more than one vehicle at a time.

Don’t drink and drive.
Easter is the time for fun with your friends and family, but that is no excuse to drink and drive. Not only does it…

How to Stay Safe If you get Caught in the Middle of a Riot

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In light of recent events that have been happening in our country, we need to be prepared for the worst, such as riots, protects and marches that turn violent.

If you ever find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, here’s what to do...
> Keep up-to-date with the latest news and updates so you know where marches are happening and which volatile areas to avoid.
> If you hear about a demonstration taking place, steer clear of that area and stay inside until you know it is safe to go out.
> If you do come across a march, riot, protest or demonstration, leave the area and find another route.
> Avoid any areas where police force action is taking place.

> If you are ever caught in the middle of a demonstration, move to the edge of the crowd where it is safer.
> When you can, break away and go inside the nearest building and stay inside until the crowd passes.
> Stay far away from glass store windows/fronts, burning tyres and people throwing rocks, etc. 
> St…

How to Stay Safe on the Road

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Walking is a great way to stay healthy and active; however you need to know how to stay safe!
Make sure you stay safe on the road and follow these rules:
 1.Always tell someone where you plan to go and how long you think you will be, that way they will know to look for you if they need to.
     2.Walk with something that you can use to identify yourself, like a copy of your ID and your cell phone.
     3.Never assume a driver has seen you, in fact it’s better to assume you’re invisible and a driver can’t see you.
     4.Face traffic head on, this way it is easier to see cars and react to them.
   5.If the traffic is heavy and the roads are narrow, stay on the pavement or walk on the shoulder of the road if there is no walkway.
   6.Wear bright clothing so you are seen. When the sun starts to go down, reflective clothing is a must.
   7.Don’t wear earphones when you are walking near the road. Why? Because you can’t hear approaching cars.
   8.Beware of some drivers who are leaving problem a…