NICE Home Services Safety Tips

3 Simple Steps for Fireplace Safety

Posted by Cherie Hudson on Sep 20, 2017 7:39:00 PM

Gas-fueled fireplaces are becoming more common in homes across America.

With that warmth, some gas fireplaces installed before January 1, 2015, come with a risk of burn. Having no warning labels or a barrier to prevent touching the glass.  To minimize the chance of burns from hot glass, follow these safety tips:

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Can You Cook Food on a Gas Fireplace?

Posted by Adam Scott on Nov 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

No! It's a valid question though. 

Normally, we cook food on hot surfaces; therefore, a gas fireplace should be no different.

There are people who roast marshmallows over scented candles or hot dogs over a plastic-based flame. The thing is, we shouldn't be cooking those marshmallows or those hot dogs.

You certainly should not be cooking over a gas-burning fireplace.

And here's why!

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Yard and Garden Safety Guide

Posted by Craig Elliott on Aug 4, 2016 2:51:06 PM

There are a wide range of hazards that can affect your health and safety while in your yard, but many of the risks that you may face in this area of your property can be identified and risks can be minimized with great results.

Making Your Yard a Safe Environment

Whether your backyard is rather rustic and natural or it has been beautifully landscaped, the fact is that this area of your property may have a number of natural and manmade hazards that you should be aware of.

  • For example, the pathways of your yard can have loose steps or dirty steps, and tripping and falling are concerns.
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How to Make Your Home Safe From a Flood

Posted by Craig Elliott on Jul 12, 2016 1:36:14 PM

How to Make Your Home Safe From a Flood

Each year, many homes are subjected to minor or severe floods. Even a modest flood in a home can result in significant property damage, but these events can also take a toll on human health and well-being.

Whether your home is located in a floodplain or not, it may be subject to flooding at some point in time. It is important to identify your risks for a home flood and to determine what steps to take during and after a flood to keep you and your home’s occupants safe.


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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

Posted by Craig Elliott on Jul 7, 2016 4:39:16 PM

Prevent Poisoning in Your Home

Each year, manyadults and kids alike are unintentionally poisoned in their own home. They may be poisoned by breathing in harmful substances such as carbon monoxide or by accidentally ingesting harmful substances.

In some cases, unintentional poisoning has resulted in serious injury that requires hospitalization, and some cases have resulted in permanent health issues or even in death.Identifying potential dangers in the home and taking steps to decrease the likelihood of unintentional poisoning can be beneficial to you and those who spend time in your home.

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Making Your Home Safe For Pets

Posted by Craig Elliott on Jun 28, 2016 5:14:50 PM

Making Your Home Safe for Pets

Is your home safe for pets? In many homes across the country, pets are considered to be members of the family.

They are cared for almost as children are cared for in the home, and their loss may be mourned significantly by the family members. Just as people can become injured or worse when unsafe conditions are present in the home, the same holds true for furry family members.

Learn how to:

  • Create a safe space for pets
  • Identify unsafe factors
  • Safe pet toys
  • Safety for aging pets
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Home Safety Tip of The Week: FIRE SAFETY IN THE HOME

Posted by Craig Elliott on Apr 22, 2016 8:43:58 AM

11.pngAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, there were around 370,000 fires in homes in the United States in 2013 due to lack of fire safety measures. Some of these fires resulted in serious injury and even death to the homes’ occupants, and others caused costly property damage.

Some fires may have not been preventable, such as those caused by lightning that struck the home. Others may have been prevented, such as those caused by carelessness with burning candles, cigarettes and other related items.

Because fires can quickly rage out of control and cause serious injury or death, it is important for individuals to understand how to prevent fires in the home and to ensure that they are prepared to take action if a fire does occur.

Fire Prevention and Safety Features in the Home

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Home Safety Tip Of The Week: Food Safety at Your Home

Posted by Craig Elliott on Apr 11, 2016 4:40:01 PM

Accidental poisoning and food-related illnesses are highly common, and many of these events can be prevented. In some cases, eating unsafe food or food that has otherwise gone bad is the cause of the food-related illness. In other cases, improper handling or preparation techniques can cause serious illness or even death in some cases.

By learning more about proper food safety techniques and strategies in your home, you can take steps to decrease the likelihood that you or someone you love will be affected by accidental food poisoning or a food-related illness.

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Home Safety Tip of the Week: Pet Food Safety

Posted by Craig Elliott on Apr 5, 2016 11:57:32 AM

Pet Food Safety and Poison Prevention

One of your regular pet-related chores that you have each day is to provide your animal with fresh food and water. Just as people can become ill from eating unsafe food or from improper food handling techniques, the same holds true for pets.

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Home Safety Tip: Making Your Home Safe for Your Children

Posted by Craig Elliott on Mar 29, 2016 9:45:37 AM

If you share your home with children or are preparing to welcome a new child into your home for the first time, it is important to create a safe environment for little ones to live in.

Each stage of a child’s life may bring different safety challenges and concerns to parents or caregivers, and understanding the different steps that you can take to create a safe environment for children throughout their lives is important.

Preparing for a Newborn

Many people will initially consider home safety for kids while expecting their first child or preparing to welcome another child into their home. While newborns may generally be rather immobile and require your assistance for care almost around the clock, the fact is that there are safety concerns in place when caring for a newborn.

For example, parents are often sleep-deprived for the first few days, weeks or even months of a young child’s life, and they may be fumbling around in the dark to provide care for the child at night. Reviewing the home for tripping hazards and installing dim nightlights
in various rooms throughout the home can be beneficial.

Parents-to-be can also inspect the home for cleanliness. A young infant’s immune system is generally not as developed as the immune system of an older child, so taking steps to remove bacteria, mold or other particulates from the home can be beneficial.

Parents-to-be can also spend time making their environment and home life easier for those critical first few weeks of a child’s life when they are still transitioning into their new role as parents. For example, ensuring that all baby supplies are on-hand, preparing frozen meals for convenience before the child’s birth and other related steps can be taken.

As Your Baby Gets Older

While infants may be immobile and rely on parents for almost all of their needs when they are very young, they do grow and develop at a rapid pace. Some infants will be attempting to grasp for objects and rolling over within a few weeks or months of their birth. They will become increasingly mobile, and many will be crawling or even walking before their first birthday.

Many accidents involving babies occur because young children are increasingly mobile and curious about the world around them. They may place things into their mouths that are poisonous or that can cause them to choke. They may attempt to pull themselves up with unstable objects that can fall onto them, reach for hot objects that cause burns and more.

Some parents will baby proof their home to prepare for this stage of development before the baby is born, but others will wait to take these steps until they begin to see that their baby is becoming more mobile and active. Parents can create a safe environment in their home during this stage of a child’s life by inspecting the home carefully for sharp edges and corners on furnishings, installing safety devices in electrical outlets, securing cords and curtain strings and removing un-stationary or insecure items that may topple over or move with ease. Babies will want to continue to explore the world around them, and it is up to parents or caregivers to provide them with a safe environment to do so.

In the Kitchen

Babies and toddlers may spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen. As a parent, you may be in the kitchen preparing meals and snacks or cleaning periodically during the day, and your child may be by your side. The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children, so parents will want to be extra vigilant about this area of the home.

Cabinets and drawers in a typical kitchen may be filled with dangerous options that range from deadly household cleaning products to sharp knives and blades. Installing safety latches on cabinets and drawers is advisable, but consider keeping one or two cabinets available for your child to access. For example, some parents will leave the cabinets that contain Tupperware or pots and pans open so that kids can explore these safe areas and entertain themselves while a caregiver prepares meals.

Safety devices can also be installed on the stove and oven to prevent kids from reaching up to the oven and opening the door while it is turned on. A guard can be placed over the edge of the stove to prevent kids from burning themselves with hot pots and pans.

Keep in mind that young kids can be resourceful, and they may quickly learn that they can push chairs or stepstools to the edge of the counter. Therefore, even the surfaces of counters should be kept free of dangerous items when they are not in use. You may also consider keeping electrical devices like coffee pots, toasters and more unplugged when not in use so that kids do not unintentionally become injured by unsafe use of these devices.

In the Bathroom

The bathroom can also be a dangerous place for young children. The cabinets in a home’s bathrooms should be secured with similar devices that are used in the kitchen. Guards or latches can also be installed on the toilet. This can prevent young kids from playing in a dirty toilet and being exposed to germs unnecessarily, and it can also prevent them from having their fingers or head smashed by a falling toilet lid.

Bathtub safety should be reviewed as well. Some of the most common injuries in the bathroom for kids relate to accidental drowning as well as to burns from scalding water. As a rule of thumb, parents should not leave a child unattended in the bathroom when the water is on or when there is water found in the bathtub. Children can drown in just a few inches of water. Furthermore, they should not walk away from the tub when the hot water is running even if their child is not yet in the bathtub.

Electrical appliances in this room, such as hair dryers and curling irons, should be used with care and should be stored in an elevated position where children cannot reach them when they are not in use.

The Importance of Vigilance

Baby proofing your home can help you to create a safe environment for your children regardless of their age. However, it is important to note that a home is a functional place, and the environment is constantly changing as you and your family members move around from room to room. For example, an older child may have dropped a grape or penny on the floor or a houseguest may have opened the blinds and left the cord dangling within arm’s reach of a baby.

Even when a home has been baby proofed, parents and caregivers should constantly scan the environment for potential hazards. They should also be aware of their child’s changing abilities with development and take steps to regularly secure the environment as their child grows.

Using Products Safely

Each year, more baby products are placed on a recall list because they are deemed to be unsafe for kids to use. Unfortunately, many of these products are recalled after babies or children have already been injured or killed with their use.

As a parent or caregiver, it is important to inspect all products that your kids use. This may include high chairs, cribs, strollers and various other items. Pay attention to factors like stability, possible choking or pinching hazards and other factors that may result in injury to the child. When buying used baby products, ensure that the product was not previously recalled due to safety concerns.

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