Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Make Your Home Safer
Housing conditions can significantly affect your health and safety. Take a few minutes to make your home healthy and safe.
- Remove hazards that increase the chance for falling, such as rugs, loose cords, and objects on the floor.
- Check or change the batteries on your carbon monoxide alarm at least twice a year.
- Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly. For smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. For smoke alarms that use lithium (long-life) batteries, replace the entire alarm unit every 10 years or sooner if it chirps or stops working.
- Keep cooking areas free of flammable objects, such as potholders and towels.
- Keep candles, medicine, household cleaners, and other chemicals out of children’s reach, in locked or child-proof cabinets.
- Don’t use a gasoline or charcoal-burning device near a window, door, or vent, or inside your home, basement, or garage.
- Test your home for radon (a radioactive gas linked to lung cancer). You can purchase a kit at your local hardware or home improvement store. If testing shows levels higher than 4 pCi/L, seal or vent your basement, and monitor your radon levels to make sure they lessen.
- Make your home smoke-free.
- Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.
All Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tips
- Make Health Your Resolution
- Take Folic Acid
- Lower Your Risk for Cervical Cancer
- Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Wear Red for Heart Health
- 5 Tools for Pregnant Women, New Moms, and Women Who Are Considering Pregnancy
- Be a Healthy Valentine
- Prevent Infections During Pregnancy
- Wear a Helmet
- Limit Alcohol and Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose
- Watch for Milestones
- Prevent STDs
- Garden Safely
- Travel Safely
- Be Summer-Savvy
- Protect Your Kids
- Make Your Home Safer
- Leave Fireworks to Professionals
Page last reviewed: June 2, 2015
Content source: CDC Office of Women's Health