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- Boswell Briefing -

Promoting Home Safety

July 22, 2009
Dysart Reporter


Rep. Leonard Boswell

For most of us, our home is our safe haven, and the 111th Congress is committed to maintaining that ideal.

On Thursday, Congress passed H.Res. 543 with overwhelming support. This resolution conveys the House of Representatives' support for the designation of June as Home Safety Month, as well as giving recognition to the contributions of home safety nonprofit organizations and similar groups for their ongoing commitment to ensuring families remain safe in their homes.

I encourage adults, parents, and caregivers to take greater actions to reduce unintentional injuries and educate themselves on the importance of home safety for themselves and their loved ones. It disheartens me that every year thousands of lives are lost and countless others injured by unintentional household accidents. However, safeguarding your home from these easily preventable accidents does not require a lot of time or money, and will undoubtedly prevent injuries as well as save the lives of those we cherish most dearly.

Iowa is seeing an increase in the number of fire-related deaths this year. Installing and testing smoke detectors is one of the easiest precautions to take against household fires and burns. In homes where fires have occurred, several had smoke detectors that were not functioning properly or no smoke detectors at all.

Other ways to improve home safety are purchasing inexpensive no-slip mats, keeping walkways free of clutter, installing guard rails and wiping up spills to prevent falls.

You can easily protect your family from poison exposure by locking common household cleaners in places where children and pets can not reach them. Always keep all cleaners in their original containers and never mix them together. If someone you know is poisoned call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 for assistance.

As a Member of Congress, I wholeheartedly encourage home owners to take the proper actions to safeguard their homes and loved ones. I firmly believe that by increasing the awareness of this issue we can save lives by reducing the number of potential household hazards. To learn more about how to safeguard your family for the hidden and often overlooked safety hazards I encourage you to visit the Home Safety Council's website at



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