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The following strategies should be adopted to provide reasonable occupant safety and household security. 
Fire/smoke protection
  • Install at least one smoke detector on each floor
  • Store one hand operated fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen area and/or in the garage.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (C.O.) detector at/near the sleeping quarters. Additional C.O. detectors can be installed at each floor level; the basement level being the least important.
  • Exposed foam plastic insulation should be covered with 1/2" drywall.
  • All openings in the garage walls and ceilings, common with the home, must be gas proofed.
  • Any door leading from an attached garage into the dwelling must be equipped with a self-closing device.

  • Front entrance doors should have a window or be equipped with a door viewer.
  • Have all locks/keyed cylinders changed upon taking possession of a new house. All doors should be equipped with a deadbolt.
  • Basement windows should be protected with security bars.
  • Install motion activated lighting at secondary exits and access points of your property.
  • Ensure that all basement and main floor windows have operable locking mechanisms.
  • The digital combination on automatic garage door openers and remotes can be changed.

General safety
  • Do not store flammable materials in the furnace room or next to your hot water tank.
  • Ensure that adequate ventilation is provided to rooms containing gas/oil fired furnaces/boilers and gas/oil fired hot water tanks.
  • Handrails must be installed alongside all staircases containing more than two steps.
  • Eliminate repair any trip hazards or flooring defects.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits. Do not install screw-in fuses over 15 amps. for general purposes.
  • Avoid permanent electrical extension cord use. Clear access must be maintained in front of the electrical panel, the furnace/boiler access panels and the main water shut-off valve.
  • Emergency and family contact telephone numbers should be displayed permanently at/near the kitchen telephone.