Home Safety

The Doctors reveal potential hazards in your home and how to avoid them.

Home Dangers

From new carpets to shower heads, construction expert and host of HGTV's Over Your Head, Eric Stromer, uncovers the hidden home dangers you need to know!

Fall-proof your house.

Home Health Hazards
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears review potential hazards in your home and how to avoid them.

Dr. Sears' Top 10 Home Health Hazards
Home Health Hazards, 1-5
Home Health Hazards, 6-10

• Learn how to childproof your home.
• More home safety tips for your children.

Ladder Safety
Eric shares sound advice for around-the-house projects.

Tips for Using a Ladder:
• Apply the 4-to-1 rule: For every 4 feet the ladder reaches, position the ladder outward by 1 foot
• Whenever ascending or descending the ladder, place both hands on the rungs
• Always face the rungs
• Don't climb above the top three rungs of a ladder
• Keep your torso centered -- don't lean to the right or left of the ladder
• Wear appropriate footwear, such as work boots or treaded shoes
• Never leave an erected ladder unattended

Power Tool Dangers

Carpenter, construction expert and host of HGTV's Carter Can, Carter Oosterhouse, shares his top safety tips for using power tools.

Natural Gas and Propane Dangers
In case of an earthquake, Eric cautions, never light a candle or a fire of any kind. Earthquakes or other natural disasters may shake natural or propane gas pipes loose, and a spark of any kind could ignite a fire or explosion. Instead, use a flashlight!

Make sure your children know what natural gas smells like. Contact your local gas company for a free scratch-and-sniff pamphlet that contains the universalized smell of natural gas.

"If you smell natural gas, call the gas company and get out of the house," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

"Absolutely," Eric adds. "Don't try to fix it yourself. Let the professionals take care of it."

Spot Safety Hazards in Your Home

Many households harbor threats to young children that are oftentimes overlooked.


               Glass Furniture Dangers                             Fireplace Dangers

• Learn more fire safety tips.

Winterize Your Home

Dr. Sears reveals his top tips to keep your home safe during the winter season.

Prepare your pets for the dip in temperature!

Chemical Exposure
Have you ever seen signs on buildings that warn about chemicals that can cause birth defects, cancer and other health issues? Learn what to do if you are warned about chemical exposure.

• The dangers of toxic mold and carbon monoxide in your home.

Lead Poisoning
Testing for lead at home can prevent symptoms of lead poisoning from occurring. If you or a family member experiences the following symptoms, ask your doctor to perform a clinical lead test.

• Hyperirritability
• Loss of appetite
• Sluggishness
• Abdominal pain
• Vomiting
• Constipation
• Convulsions
• Paleness from low hemoglobin levels
• Learning difficulties
• Developmental delay
• Growth delay
(Courtesy of AskDrSears.com)