1. Label Containers Properly -
Ex: cleaning supplies, aromatherapy spray, bleach, etc.
A client saw a bottle in the treatment room and thought that the therapist said that it was to refresh the eyes after the service. In reality, it was VINEGAR for ears! OUCH! Though not life-threatening, it was a painful experience that could have been avoided with proper labeling.
2. Use GFI Power Strips -
They have an integrated circuit breaker that turns off the power when a current overload is detected, helping protect users from electrical burns, shock, or electrocution.
3. Do not use damaged or frayed electrical cords -
They can cause fires or worse like this true story - Two kids were in a portable swimming pool with a pump that was connected to the electricity with a damaged extension cord that had exposed wires near the socket. When the pump started spraying water, a boy, 9, tried to pull the plug from the extension cord and received what could have been a fatal electric shock. A girl, 8, was injured when she went to help.
4. Have a fire extinguisher in the house -
Fire extinguishers can be a small but important part of the home fire safety plan. They can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or suppressing it until the fire department arrives.
5. Have a first aid kit in the house -
Stock supplies that can save lives. Check out this complete list of supplies that should be kept on hand. First Aid Kit List
6. Do not put hot engines away near fuel cans -
This is an obvious one when you read it, but honestly even being a firefighter’s wife, this didn’t cross my mind. Do not put hot engines like a lawnmower in the garage by fuel cans. POW! BAM!
7. Properly discard smoking materials -
Improper disposal of smoking material such as tobacco products is the leading cause of outdoor fires in Calgary. To help reduce outdoor fire risks make an effort to properly dispose of smoking material.
8. Make sure to have working detectors -
Make sure to have working smoke detectors and at least one CO detector for each floor. The department of homeland security has some great information. In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes a residence can be engulfed in flames.
9. Create a fire escape plan -
Create a fire escape plan for the family and practice your plan twice a year:
Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke. Every second counts in these situations.