1 Attach heavy items such as TVs and bookshelves to the
wall so kids can’t pull them onto themselves.
2 Keep hallways, stairways and walking paths clear of
clutter and other tripping hazards such as rugs.
3 If you don’t use your gas fireplace, you can turn off its
pilot light. If you have a gas or wood-burning fireplace, a
safety screen or free-standing gate can prevent burns.
4 Shorten or secure blind cords to keep out of
children’s reach, or cut the end so it no longer forms
5 A baby gate can prevent young children from getting
into dangerous areas; consider gates that secure to
the wall and lock when closed, says Jessica Naidu,
an Injury Prevention project coordinator with Alberta
6 Secure loose handrails to the wall so they are stable.
7 Juice from raw meat has bacteria that can transfer
to other foods. Store raw and frozen meat in sealed
containers in the fridge below ready-to-eat foods, says
Annette Li, provincial lead of Public Health Nutrition.
Visit healthycanadians.gc.ca and search Safe Food
Storage or for tips on how to store vegetables and
fruit, visit halfyourplate.ca.
8 Set your fridge below 4°C and your freezer below
- 18°C to prevent bacteria from growing.
9 Use a clean cutting board for meat and a separate
one for other foods. Wash your hands and cutting
boards thoroughly after handling different foods to
reduce the risk of transferring bacteria.
10 Keep fridge magnets out of reach of children to
MAKING YOUR HOME SAFER
We spoke with four experts from Alberta Health Services
about creating safer spaces in your home, from the kitchen
to the garage.