The 44 Best Resources for Home Safety
Keeping your home and family safe is a top priority, and although home security can protect you from burglaries and other incidents at home, it's not a fail safe system for avoiding every danger that might lurk at home. In fact, the most dangerous home threats may not be waiting outside your door, but rather inside a medicine cabinet, at the top of your stairs, and in your kitchen.
With these resources, you'll learn how to prevent fires, accidents, and avoid other accidents and dangers at home. Resources include official government guides, handy checklists and databases, and even blogs and websites that offer regular updates with reminders for home safety. Take advantage of these resources to stay safe, healthy, and happy at home.
Official Guides to Home Safety
From government agencies and other official organizations, these guides are the official word on home safety.
- American Red Cross: The American Red Cross offers guides to preparing for a number of different emergency situations, from fires and floods to food safety and poisoning.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission Safety Guides: With the Consumer Product Safety Commission's safety guides, you'll find checklists and information for being safer at home. See resources for fire, carbon monoxide, kitchen safety, and more.
- Centers for Disease Control Safety in the Home and Community: This parent guide for children from 4-11 explains how parents can keep children safe at home and in the community. Topics covered include playground safety, emergency preparedness, safety in your home, and more.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts: Find out about recalls of FDA regulated products on this page.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Home Safety: HUD's guide offers an overview of home safety considerations from poison to falls and other injuries.
- American Association of Poison Control Centers: Operators of the poison help line, the American Association of Poison Control Centers shares up to date poison news and resources for avoiding common home poison dangers including e-cigarettes, medicines, laundry detergent packets, and hand sanitizer.
- National Safety Council: The National Safety Council's mission is safety. Visit the NSC's website to see how you can be safer, particularly how you can be safer at home.
Home Safety Databases
Want to learn more about the safety of products in your home, or even the neighbors down the street? Use these home safety databases for research.
- Recalls.gov: On Recalls.gov, you'll be able to get updates on U.S. government recalls from six different federal agencies. Recalls include consumer products, motor vehicles, food, medicine, and more. See recent recalls, search for recalls, and sign up for email alerts here.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Household Products Database: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Household Products Database shares safety and handling information for household products as well as ingredient information and potential health effects.
- Data.gov Safety: Learn about data updates in safety including crime, product recalls, and transportation information on this website.
- Family Watchdog: Using the Family Watchdog database, you can locate registered sex offenders living in your area. You'll also be able to sign up for free notifications to learn when offenders move in or out of your neighborhood.
Home Safety Checklists
With these checklists, you'll have handy tools for making sure your home is a safe environment for you and your family.
- U.S. Surgeon General: A Healthy Home Checklist: Follow this checklist from the surgeon general to make your home healthy and safe.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Home Safety Checklist: FEMA's home safety checklist covers tips for avoiding fires at home as well as a safe home escape plan.
- KidsHealth Household Safety Checklist: KidsHealth's safety checklists cover the kitchen, stairways, home systems, bathrooms, outdoors, and every area of the home where your children may find hazards. Hint: that's everywhere.
- Home Fire Safety Checklist: Children can perform a home fire safety inspection in less than half an hour with this home fire safety checklist.
- RealSimple Home Safety Checklist: RealSimple's checklist promises to make your home safer with tips for managing electrical cords, baby proofing, fire safety, escape plans, and even burglar proofing.
- Inside Elder Care: Home Safety Checklist for Seniors: If you have a senior in your life that's living alone, take a look at this home safety checklist to find out how you can make their living environment safer.
- Safe Kids Worldwide My Safe Home: Safe Kids Worldwide's My Safe Home tool is an interactive resource for exploring safety issues in all areas of your home.
- Home Safety Smart Check: Download checklists for home maintenance, child safety, and more from Home Safety Smart Check.
Home Safety Articles
Learn more about home safety from these informative expert articles.
- WebMD Home Safety: Preventing Burns, Cuts, and More: WebMD's guide shares how you can practice home safety, preventing accidents at home including falls, choking, burns, poisoning, and knife cuts.
- HealthyChildren.org: Home Safety-Here's How: HealthyChildren.org's article offers an overview of safety rules and preventive actions you should apply in your home to keep children safe.
- Reader's Digest: 13 Things You Never Knew About Home Safety: See how to secure your home with these interesting home safety tips.
- North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology: Maintaining a Safe and Independent Life at Home: An excellent resource for all individuals with a disability or advanced age, this resource explains how you can stay safe and independent while living at home with assistive technology.
- A Place for Mom: Home Safety Tips for Seniors: See how you can make safe changes to your home with these senior home safety tips.
- NIH Senior Health: Fall Proofing Your Home: See NIH Senior Health's resource to see how you can take steps to fall proof your home both inside and out.
- Parents: Make Your Home Healthier: 10 Ways to Make Your House Healthy and Safe: Parents Magazine examines the 10 most important steps you can take to make your home healthy and safe for children and yourself.
Home Safety Websites and Blogs
Get ongoing updates on considerations for home safety including safety alerts and seasonal reminders.
- Safe Kids Worldwide: Safe Kids Worldwide is committed to keeping all kids safe. They share safety tips, stories that raise awareness, and resources for how you can make your home and children safer.
- Kidpower: Make your kids safe from bullies, abuse, and strangers from a young age with resources from Kidpower. This website shares stranger safety and kidnapping prevention skills, tips for bully prevention, and more.
- HealthyChildren.org Safety and Prevention: HealthyChildren.org, operated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, features information not just on health, but on safety and prevention as well. Topics covered on this website include safety at home, at play, and on the go, as well as recommendations for immunizations.
- Electrical Safety Foundation International: The Electrical Safety Foundation International promotes electrical safety at home and in the workplace. On their website, you'll learn about home safety, seasonal safety, kids safety and more in electrical safety and accident prevention.
- HomeSAFE: A resource of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, HomeSAFE shares resources for preventing falls and keeping seniors and other household members safe from fall hazards.
- Travelers Home Safety: Maintained by Travelers Insurance, this home safety resource has tips for home safety, security tips, and advice for using household appliances and tools safely.
- Everyday Health: Healthy Home Articles: Find a wealth of healthy home articles with general safety resources on Everyday Health. Topics covered include preventing house fires and burglaries, safeguarding your home from flooding, handling kitchen fires, and essentials for your first aid kit.
- FEMA Blog: The Federal Emergency Management Agency's blog is full of updates on disaster, preparedness, emergencies, and severe weather.
- The Allstate Blog: Allstate's blog offers a mixed bag of safety resources, including how to prepare for extreme storms, home safety, and home inspections.
- Disaster Safety Blog: Written by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the Disaster Safety Blog shares updates on home safety in the face of disaster.
- NFPA Safety Source: From the National Fire Protection Association, the Safety Source blog shares safety information that can reduce death, injury, and property loss due to fires.
- On Safety: Maintained by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, OnSafety shares regular updates on how you can be safer at home and beyond. You'll find out about seasonal safety, new recalls, safety studies, and more.
- Safety Mom: Dedicated to helping families stay happy, safe, and sane, Safety Mom shares updates on making your home safe. You'll learn about dangerous toys, car and driving safety, baby proofing, child safety, and much more.
- We Make it Safer: On a mission to make the world a safer place, We Make it Safer's blog offers updates and resources on security solutions, recalls, and seasonal health and safety tips.
- PetSafe: Pets are part of the family, and they deserve to be just as safe as humans. On the PetSafe blog, you can learn about pet health and safety so that your pets can be safe at home with you.
- SafBaby: Read SafBaby for your child's health to discover updates in health, food and diet safety, and safety in your home, environment, and products.
- Senior Home Safety Blog: Follow Senior Home Safety for news on senior home care safety and concerns for elderly living at home.
- Home Hazard Prevention: Find timely posts on preventing hazards at home on this safety blog written by a firefighter.
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