Quiz: Is your home safe?

Find out whether or not your home has you out of harm’s way

Woman sleeping

Home is where the heart is. But it’s also where danger lurks. Do you know how to keep yourself safe at home from fire, shock or other injuries?

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Question 1 of 10 Score: 0

When you sleep, what do you do with the bedroom door?

Closing the bedroom door is an easy way to increase your chances of surviving a house fire. Shutting the door keeps heat and smoke out longer, giving you a better chance to escape the house safely.

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How often should you replace your smoke alarms?

After a decade, smoke alarms may not function as well as they originally did. Some models have end-of-life signals that let you know when they need to be replaced.

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With wall outlets, what shouldn’t you do?

Plugging more than one heat-producing appliance, such as a coffee maker or a space heater, may cause the circuit to overload. Avoid that by using different outlets.

Cleaners

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In the kitchen, where should you store cleaning products?

Common cleaners, like floor cleaner and sprays with bleach, can be dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s best to keep these locked away. You may also want to keep the laundry and dishwasher detergent pods there as well.

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Laundry is such a chore. When washing and drying clothes, what shouldn’t you do?

Lint can be a serious issue. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 dryer fires occur in home and apartments every year, with lint being one of the main causes. So clean your lint trap and keep your home in one piece.

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Carbon monoxide is a serious danger. What doesn’t create a build-up of carbon monoxide in the home?

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in a number of symptoms including dizziness, weakness and vomiting, not to mention unconsciousness and death. Burning fuel indoors can result in a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Electrical cords

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What’s wrong with wrapping an electrical cord?

Wrapping a cord could cause heat to get trapped and melt the insulation. It may even break the wiring and cause a short-circuit or an electrical arc that may result in a fire. Don’t place heavy objects on cords, step on cords, cover cords, or staple them to walls.

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What temperature should your water heater be set to?

Anything hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit could possibly result in burns.

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When using a space heater, make sure you don’t …

Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with space heaters and fireplace chimneys leading as the biggest causes.

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Which item below will make your bathroom a safer place?

Slipping can be a serious problem. You can also lay down a rubber-backed bath mat outside of the shower to help prevent slipping once you step outside the shower.

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