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Eight Safety Items No Home Should Be Without

  • Smoke Detectors — Install smoke detectors on every floor and outside each bedroom. Most cost less than $40.
  • Carbon-Monoxide Detectors — For between $40 and $170, a CO detector will alert you that deadly poison has begun to invade your home. Place a CO detector outside of your bedrooms.
  • Radon-Detector Kit — The Environmental Protection Association says radon might be responsible for up to 30,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Stores carry do-it-yourself radon-detector kits for less than $40.
  • Sturdy One-Step Stool — Invest in a sturdy one-step stool to keep on hand when you need to reach high.
  • Rubber Suction Bath Mats — A suction-type rubber mat or adhesive-backed decals will keep you steady in the stall and tub.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters — You can replace electrical outlets for $9-$13 each, or you can purchase plug-in or portable GFCIs for about $12-$30 each. Use them throughout your home, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.
  • Fire Extinguishers — Fire extinguishers have categories for different types of fires. For the home, experts recommend a “BC” or an “ABC” extinguisher.
  • First-Aid Kit — The kit should include antiseptic ointment, bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes, adhesive tape, cold packs, disposable gloves, hand cleaner, scissors, tweezers, syrup-of-ipecac, and eyewash.

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