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Home Safety Checklist

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  • fasten carpet edges and tuck cords away to avoid falls
  • lock poisonous items away where children can't reach them
  • put non-skid mats or appliqués in tubs and showers
  • always clearly label household cleaners and chemicals
  • install at least one smoke detector on every floor
  • keep several fire extinguishers throughout the house
  • use shatter-proof glass on all windows and shower doors
  • use ground-fault circuit interrupters with your outlets
  • put a fence around your pool to keep children out
  • make sure all stairways have adequate lighting and handrails
  • wipe up spills immediately and salt walkways when it freezes


  • lock doors and windows at night and when you aren't home
  • install dead-bolts and pick-proof locks
  • put in motion-detector lights around your house
  • install window bars or a home alarm system
  • create a barrier under windows with prickly shrubs
  • make sure your home exterior is well lit with no deep shadows
  • put a piece of wood in the track of sliding windows and doors
  • join your local neighborhood watch
  • set timers for lights, TV, and radio when you aren't home
  • keep expensive items where they can't be seen from outside
  • hide valuables in unusual places (freezer, false wall outlet, bathroom)
  • consider buying a home safe for smaller valuables
  • don't hide keys in a planter or under the door mat


  • find out who it is before opening the front door
  • make sure you have a wide-angle peephole
  • have your keys our before you approach your front door
  • stay alert to your surroundings when entering your home
  • be particularly wary when coming home alone or at night


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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