3 MinIntroduce YourselfExplain why proActive Safety was CreatedExplain where the restrooms, fire exits/extinguishers are locatedReview Describe the class
3 min1. Review class Syllabus2. After this course you will be able to: 1. Identify household hazards and know how to identify future hazards. 2. Know how to prevent recurring hazards and eliminate future hazards. 3. Identify problem areas in yourhousehold.
5 minutesReal Life Story: When I was growing up a kid that lived on the top of my street, that I didn’t know really well. He was five years old and drank gasoline from his fathers lawnmower gas can. He passed away at the hospital. Keep any and all chemicals in a place where children can’t reach them. Use child safety locks.For Poison Help call 1-800-222-1222. Call if you need help or want information about poisons. Call 9-1-1 if someone needs to go to the hospital right away.
12 minutesKnow to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. Call the Help number if you have a question about poisons.Keep the number by every phone.Call 9-1-1 if someone won't wake-up, is having trouble breathing or is having seizures.If the person seems okay, but you think they may have taken poison, call 1-800-222-12226. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell. The gas collects when fuels are burned.Have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near the bedrooms. This will tell you if the gas level is too high.7. Push the “test” button on the detector so everyone will know the sound it makes.If the alarm sounds, go outside immediately. Call 9-1-1. 9. Have a service person check heaters, stoves and fireplaces every year to see that they work well.10. Your fire department will find out what caused the alarm to sound. They will let you know when it is safe to go back inside.Protect Children1. Know the things in your home that are poisons.2. Look for these words on bottles and packages: “Caution”, “Warning”, “Poison,” “Danger” or ”Keep Out of Reach of Children.”3. Keep these things in a safe place. Keep them locked away from children.Store them on a high shelf if you can.5. Take all medicines and medical supplies out of purses, pockets and drawers. 6. Put them in a cabinet with a child safety lock.7. Have child safety caps on all chemicals, medications and cleaning products.Lock all dangerous items and products in a cabinet. Cosmetics (make-up) can be poison too.9. Store all dangerous products away from food and drinks. Watch out for products with fruit shown on the labels. Children could think they are okay to drink.11. Too much medicine or the wrong medicine can hurt or even kill you. Medicines for adults can kill children. Use child-resistant caps.When you take medicine or give medicine, read the label every time. Use a dropper or medicine spoon. Keep track of when medicine has been taken.Garage and Storage Areas1. Many things in the garage, basement and sheds can be poisons. Examples are chemicals, fuels (such as gasoline), car fluids (such as anti-freeze), pesticides (such as bug killers), lawn and garden products (such as fertilizer).2. Close the lid and put away dangerous products after using them.3. Store them where children cannot reach them; use locks on cabinets. Motors1. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell. The gas collects when fuels are burned.2. Never run a motor or vehicle engine inside an attached garage, as deadly carbon monoxide can enter your home this way.3. Use portable generators outside only. Do not use it inside your home or garage.4. Use a barbeque grill outside only. Do not use a barbeque grill in your home or garage.
2 minPrevent FallsInstall grab bars in the tub and shower. Use non-slip mats.Have bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings. Keep stairs clear of clutter.Only climb on the roof with proper fall protection – Fall positioning device – heavy fall protection bag for roofsDo not stand on tables, chairs, or countertops!Do not stand on top of ladders
12 min Real Life Story: A friend of mine’s father was walking up his basement steps not holding the railing. He slipped on a sock and fell backwards to the basement floor, head first. He passed away before help arrived. 1. Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.2. Have lots of lights at the top and bottom of the stairs. 3. Keep the stairs clear.4. It is easy to trip on small rugs. Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.5. Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.6. Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower. 7. Have grab bars in the tub and shower.8. Wipe-up spills when they happen.9. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.10. Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window. Have window guards on upstairs windows. Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material12.Put bright lights over all porches and walkways.13. Put ladders away after using them. Store ladders on their sides, in a shed or garage.14.Keep sidewalks and paths clear, so you don't trip. Fix broken or chipped steps and walkways as soon as possible.
4 minutesHave working smoke alarms Have your electrical outlets testedDevelop a fire escape planHold fire drills. If you build a new home, install fire sprinklers.Keep your hot water at 120˚F degrees to prevent burns. Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of your stove. Use a travel mug when you drink something hot.
12 minutesGeneral Rules1. Keep things that can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, and curtains at least three feet away from the range top.2. Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire. 3. Always stay by the grill/stove when cooking. Your grill/stove may stay hot for a long time. Keep children and pets away.Matches and Lighters1. Many young children are badly burned or die playing with matches and lighters.2. Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.3. If you must keep matches or lighters in your jacket or purse, put them in a place where children cannot see or touch them.Heating1. Space heaters need space. Keep them at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper. 2. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.3. Have a service person inspect chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces once a year. Have them cleaned when necessary.4. Keep things that can burn away from your fireplace and keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace. Creosote logs can be used to help reduce the build-up of creosote in fireplaces. Check labels to make sure the log has been tested and approved by UL. Even if you use creosote logs, fireplaces should still be inspected by a professional each year.Smoking1. Use “fire-safe” cigarettes and smoke outside.2. Use large, deep ashtrays on sturdy surfaces like a table. 3. Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trashCandles1. Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Do not allow children to keep candles or incense in their rooms. 2. Always use stable, candle holders made of material that won't catch fire, such as metal, glass, etc.3. Blow out candles when adults leave the room.Gasoline and Other Products1. Gasoline is very dangerous. Inside a garage or home, gasoline vapors can explode with just a tiny spark. 2. It is best not to keep any gasoline at home. If you must keep some, use a special safety container.3. If you can, keep the container in an outdoor shed away from your home. Close all the openings.Never bring or use gasoline indoors. Use it as a motor fuel only.Keeping Your Family SafeMake a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.2. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. There are two kinds of smoke alarms – photoelectric and ionization. If possible, get some of each kind or buy “combination” smoke alarms that have both types of sensors. 3. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.Teach every family member to “Stop, Drop, Roll and Cool” if clothes catch fire by dropping immediately to the ground, crossing hands over your chest and rolling over and over or back and forth to put out the flames. Cool the burned area with cool water and seek medical attention for serious burns.5. Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.
5 minReal Life Story: The founder of proActive Safety Services was out to lunch at Gold Star Chili with one of our instructors. All of a sudden the instructor started to turn red and indicated that he was choking. Scott immediately performed the heimlichmaneveur on our instructor and was able to dislodge the hot dog he was choking on. Two weeks earlier our company had just completed our First Aid and CPR training program. Things that can fit through a toilet paper tube can cause a young child to choke. Keep coins, latex balloons and hard round foods, such as peanuts and hard candy where children cannot see or touch them.Instruct everyone in your family on how to properly perform the Heimlich Maneuver Place babies to sleepalone in their crib. Don’t put pillows, blankets, comforters or toys in cribs. These things can sometimes keep a baby from breathing.
14 minMake sure your baby's crib is safe. Go to www.recalls.gov to find out if your crib model was recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).For safe sleep, your child's crib should be empty. Take away all soft bedding, pillows, toys and stuffed animals from the crib.Place infants on their backs in cribs and make sure the sheet and mattress fit tightly to avoid entrapment and suffocation.Never hang pictures, quilts or decorations containing ribbon or string on or over a crib.Window blind cords can be dangerous. Move cribs and playpens away from windows. Tie up window cords out of a child's reach. If your blind cords have continuous loops, cut them in two. Make sure that children under age 6 do not sleep on the top bunk of raised beds.Use a ruler to make sure that spaces between the guardrail and bed frame are less than 3.5 inches.Measure the spaces between the headboard and the bed frame and the footboard and the bed frame too. Make sure these areas are less than 3.5 inches.For Safe Meals1. Carefully watch children when they are playing and eating. Do not let children under the age of 6 eat small, round or hard foods, such as hot dogs, grapes or popcorn. If you do, cut them into very small pieces.For Safe PlaytimeLook around your home for anything small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube such as coins, marbles, grapes, etc. These things could cause a young child to choke. Look carefully at toys and pacifiers. Throw them away if you see broken parts that could get lodged in a baby's throat.Take out squeakers from squeeze toys. Babies may pull out squeakers and choke on them.Read toy labels. If your child is younger than the age on the label, do not allow them to play with that toy.Keep your baby away from balloons. If the balloon breaks and a child swallows a small piece, it could be very dangerous.Pull out drawstrings in children's clothes. Make sure your child takes off any necklaces, purses, bicycle helmets and scarves before they play or go to sleep.
12 MinOur homes are filled with things that run on electricity. They make our lives easier, but every year, more than 50,000 home fires are started by electrical problems. Hundreds of people die in these fires. You can protect your family by taking these steps:If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad or make noise, have an electrician come to inspect your wiring.The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from a dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “faceplates.”All electrical cords should be in good condition.Don't tie or knot cords. Don't let furniture sit on cords. Use the right light bulbs in all lamps and light fixtures. Look inside the light fixture. Find a label that tells you which light bulb size (wattage) is right for the fixture.Small ApplianceLook for a mark on the label such as ETL or UL when you buy electrical appliances (such as toasters, microwaves or coffee makers) and cords. This will tell you the product has been tested for safety.Unplug toaster ovens, coffee makers and other small appliances after using them.Keep appliances dry and away from water at all times.Don't plug in too many appliances at once.
20 minEvery family needs to know what they would do if something bad happens. Taking steps to prepare ahead of time is very important.Being prepared starts with talking about it. Tell your children it is always good to have a plan. (give them a scenario of a good way to do it.)Tell them the grownups who love them will be there to help them. Develop a family communication plan so you would know how to find each other if you are in different places when the disaster happens. Put together disaster supply kits to keep in your home.Talk about the kinds of disasters that can happen where you live. Tell your children that you or another grownup will be there to help if something happens. Talk about how a relief worker, firefighter, police officer, teacher, neighbor or doctor might help.Make plans so everyone will know what to do.Talk about the kinds of disasters that can happen where you live. Tell your children that you or another grownup will be there to help if something happens. Talk about how a relief worker, firefighter, police officer, teacher, neighbor or doctor might help.Make plans so everyone will know what to do.Pick safe places in your home where you can go if there is a tornado. Pick safe places to take cover if there is an earthquake. Put a list of emergency numbers by each telephone in your home. Tell your children what each number is for. List the work and cell phone numbers of family members.Your communication plan should include:Places in and out of your town where you and your family could meet.Phone numbers of in-town contacts.An address and phone number of someone out of town (this could be a friend or relative).You can write this information on a card that each family member keeps with them.Put together the things you will need for an emergency.Be “Ready-to-Go” or “Ready-to-Stay” in an emergency.
5 minDrowning is a leading cause of home injury deaths – especially for children. Many children drown in pools and spas. It can happen very fast and you won’t hear it.If you have a pool or spa, install a fence that goes all the way around it. The fence should close and latch by itself. It should be least five feet high.Always keep gates closed and latched. Never prop a gate open.When children are in or near the water, a grownup should watch them very carefully. Do not take your eyes off them.
15 minTrimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. However, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. Keep in mind the following tips when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season: Buying the TreeWhen buying a live tree, look at the needles. If they are brown or break easily, choose another tree. Test for freshness by bending a few needles in half. If the needles snap in two, the tree is dry - look for a tree with needles that spring back to their original shape. Displaying the Tree1. When you take your tree home, put it in a sturdy, non-tip stand filled with water. Give the tree plenty of water. Dry trees can catch on fire easily.Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any flame or heat source.Never put candles on or near your tree.Put your tree near the electrical outlet. Do not block the exit.Before you put the lights on the tree, look at every bulb. If the string of lights does not look perfect, throw the lights away and get new ones.Lights do not last long. Replace your lights as soon as you see any signs of damage.Look on the box for a mark that says ETL, UL or CSA. This means the lights have been tested for safety.When decorating indoors, use only those lights listed for indoor use. Unplug all lights, inside and out, before going to bed or leaving home. Getting Rid of The TreeSafely get rid of your tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are flammable. They should not be left inside the homeor garage, or placed against the house. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Make sure your family knows what to do to get outside safely in a fire. Practice a family fire drill so your family and guests know the plan. STAR1.Space: Keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source or flames such as candles and fireplaces. 2. Turn off the lights when you leave the room or go to sleep.Add water daily to keep your tree from drying out too fast.Replace lights when they are cracked or the wire is frayed. Holiday lights should be replaced about every 3 years. Look for the UL label on the box so you know they have been tested for safety.
7 min Cleaning your home is a great thing to do! But it's important to stay safe while you're doing it, especially from falls and poisoningtwo of the top causes of home injuries.When cleaning out closets or re-organizing things, always keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear. Carry loads you can see over, and keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings. Five gallon buckets are often used while cleaning and present a serious drowning danger to young children. Never leave a bucket or any standing water unattended and store buckets empty and upside-down.Follow safety recommendations when using harsh products, such as wearing gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because their contents could react with dangerous results.Never use gasoline to clean something and never use or store gasoline in your home, even in tiny quantities. Gasoline vapors can explode with just a spark. If you must keep some, use a special safety container. Store it in an outside shed.When you clean out your cabinets, look at the labels on the products. If you see the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” be very careful. These products should be locked up when you are not using them.Remember to put things away so people cannot trip on them. Safely tuck away telephone and electrical cords out of walkways. In homes with children, make sure toys and other items are always safely put away when not in use.If you need to climb to clean something, use a stepladder or ladder. When using a ladder, stand at or below the highest safe standing level. For a stepladder, the safe standing level is the second rung from the top, and for an extension ladder, it's the fourth rung from the top. Before using, make sure the rungs are dry.
In the winter, more home fires are started by heating equipment than any other cause. Portable and electric space heaters are the most dangerous. But it is possible to be warm and safe this winter by following these tips.Portable Space HeatersMake sure your heater has been tested for safety. Look on the bottom for a label such as ETL, UL or CSA. Space heaters need to have plenty of space around them.Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn - including furniture, people, pets and curtains.There should always be an adult in the room when a space heater is on. Turn off space heaters before leaving a room or going to sleep.Supervise children and pets at all times when a portable space heater is in use. Never use space heaters to dry clothing or blankets.Wood Stoves and Fire PlacesBurn only seasoned hardwood like oak, ash or maple. Do not burn trash, cardboard boxes or Christmas trees because these items burn unevenly, and may contain poisons or cause a home fire. Open flues before fireplaces are used.Have a professional chimney sweep inspect chimneys every year. They will fix any cracks, blockages and leaks and clean out any build-up in the chimney that could start a fire. Creosote logs can be used to help reduce the build-up of creosote in fireplaces. Check labels to make sure the log has been tested and approved by UL. Even if you use creosote logs, fireplaces should still be inspected by a professional each year.Use sturdy screens or glass doors to keep embers inside fireplaces. Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside or near sleeping areas. Keep young children away from working wood stoves and heaters to avoid contact burn injuries.Carbon Monoxide DangersCarbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer.” You cannot see it, smell it or taste it. CO claims the lives of nearly 300 people in their homes each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CO is a deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces, and kerosene heaters. Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safer.Install at least one CO alarm near sleeping areas.Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up your home’s central heating system and repair leaks or other problems. Fireplaces and woodstoves should also be inspected each year and cleaned or repaired as needed.Keep gas appliances properly adjusted and serviced.
Home safety awareness
Course Objectives• After this course you will be able to: