Tackle It Tuesday – Home Safety Month

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

Lolli here…

Today is my kids’ last day of school for the season. Tomorrow we wake up to summer break (and you’d better believe I’ll be turning all of my alarms off!). Summer for me means more time outside AND more people in the house for more hours every day.

Since my kids are all school aged right now (elementary school, middle school, and high school), they practically spend more time away from the house than they do at home. Now that everyone is home for the summer, I really do need to start thinking differently. How perfect that June is Home Safety Month. It’s time for ALL of us to take a closer look at how safe our home environment is.

Making a home safer doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing. Learn as much as you can about how to make a home free from dangers and assess the risks of others who live there. Then take the time to update your safety products and home safety plan. Safety really can be simple.

This week, I was invited to take a free home safety audit from Kidde. When I started the questions, I honestly expected to do pretty well. Boy was I shocked to score a low 57% safe on my audit. I obviously have a LOT of things to take care of around my house to make it more safe for the kids.

Now that I’ve completed my home audit, I’ve made a list of the things that I need to replace, fix, or buy new. Here are a few of the things high on my list:

  • Replace all batteries in smoke detectors and check all dates
  • Buy smoke detectors for rooms that don’t have them (especially bedrooms)
  • Purchase a rod to block the sliding glass door from being opened
  • Reorganize the medicine cabinets and make sure that all of the medicines have childproof lids AND are out of reach
  • Buy escape ladders for the bedrooms

A few minutes of repair today can save a trip to the doctor tomorrow.

Special Tackle It Tuesday Giveaway!

We’re giving away an Intelligent Alarm (a $40 value), which uses breakthrough technology to offer a fast response to real fires, alerts you to carbon monoxide dangers and dramatically reduces the chance of nuisance alarms. This giveaway will end on June 19, 2012.

Enter to win the Intelligent Alarm using the Rafflecopter form below. Visit Kidde to take the free Home Safety Audit and let us know what areas of your home need attention.

NOTE: You can participate in this week’s Tackle It Tuesday link-up without entering the giveaway, and you do not need to participate in the link-up to be eligible to win the Intelligent Alarm. Do one or do both!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to lolli.5m4m at gmail (link in the About Lolli section at the bottom of the post). Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Written by Lolli. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: Kidde sponsored this giveaway. I received a gift card to help me get my house up to safety standards. All opinions, including audit questions and results, are my own.

Photo source: Smoke detector photo from BigStock Photo. The happy summer kid photo was taken by me.



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Amber Smith June 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

Wow, I only scored a 48% on this even though I thought I was mrs. safety, lol. Apparently there are numerous rooms in my home that present safety issues that I need to correct. Very interesting survey which has opened my eyes to quite a few issues I need to improve upon.

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2 Jolene June 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

Thanks for this post. What a very important tackle you did and enlightened us as well.

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3 Harmony B June 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

We only need to fix a few things
You scored 73% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Silver Medalist!
Nice job! You care about safety but may have forgotten to fix a few things

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4 Michelle June 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

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5 Denise M June 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

we need to work on Fire Extinguishers

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6 Barb June 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

I definitely need to take this audit! Even though my dh is an engineer, I’m sure there are areas we’ve neglected.

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7 Garrett June 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I did not real bad on the test. You always learn something new.

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8 angie June 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

thanks for making me aware of a few different things there are a few spots that my attention needs drawn to

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9 Daniel M June 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

need more extinguishers

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10 lana June 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Do not have a extinguisher. Need to get one

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11 Anne Lehnick June 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

We apparently need to replace our smoke detectors. Didn’t realize you needed to do that every 10 years.

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12 Angela E. June 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I have the smoke detectors & fire extinguisher in my place.

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13 Angela E. June 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

I subscribe by email.

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14 Jenny June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

We need more fire extinguishers.

You scored 78% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Silver Medalist!

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15 Chuck June 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Guess I need to purchase one more fire extinguisher as well.

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16 Cristen C. June 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Fire extinguishers. We have none :(

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17 Rene June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

Lolli thank you for the insight on home safety. I guess i don’t think about it as much as i should. I will be taking the test and fixing what ever needs it. Thank you again.

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18 Don June 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

I am kinda of safety nut, so far I’ve done everything the right way in our home.

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19 Staci A June 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

You scored 68% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist!

We need ladders for the upstairs windows and to practice our fire safety plan more often.

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20 ELIZABETH C. June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

Fire Extinguishers. i DONT HAVE ONE & SHOULD GET ONE.

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21 Kelly June 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I scored and 85% on the audit, not to bad but some room for improvement.

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22 tamar June 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

The home office needs attention.

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23 Margaret Smith June 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Took the survey and got 80%. Our basement needs attention.
Thanks so much.

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24 Katherine June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

The basment does not have a smoke alarm~

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25 Lori D. June 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Guess we could do better with our basement also.

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26 Lori D. June 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I subscribe via email.

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27 Neil M. June 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I think my basement needs one of those

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28 Ann Fantom June 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I took the Kidde Home Audit Survey:

We scored 57% on the audit. We are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist

We need to get safety ladders for our 2nd story rooms

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29 Donna L June 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

We have smoke detectors & fire extinguishers in our home.

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30 Jennifer June 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

My kitchen needs a tackle!

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31 Rob June 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

could use more detectors on our first floor living area.

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32 Kathy S June 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm

We need to get a carbon monoxide detector!

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33 Cynthia C June 15, 2012 at 7:05 am

I could use escape ladders for the upstairs bedrooms.

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34 crystle tellerday June 15, 2012 at 11:13 am

i got 68% i could use some help

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35 Sheila K. June 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

I need to add fire extinguishers!

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36 naomi c June 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Apparently MOST of the house needs attention! AH!

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37 Monique Rizzo June 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

My kitchen!
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

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38 Harold D June 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Smoke Detectors is the area in my house that needs attention.

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39 Heather Garcia June 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Scored a 70 need to put extinguishers in every room not just kitchen

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40 Tarah June 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Home Safety Bronze Medalist

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41 Richelle June 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I scored 57% too. Bronze :( I need to work on child safety surprisingly. I was a little confused since my children are kind of past the age where they need soft corners and door knob locks. Geeze, maybe they aren’t.

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42 paige chandler June 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

My kitchen really needs safety attention. UGH

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43 Laura Jacobson June 16, 2012 at 2:25 am

It said that I am a Home Safety Spectator. Scarey. Lots of thing in the quiz that I have not thought of. Good info!
I got work to do now!

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44 Laura Jacobson June 16, 2012 at 2:26 am

Oh I forgot which room…I need to actually work on the whole house with the electrical cords and checking all the lights for maximum wattages!

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45 Lillea June 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

I have never used a fire extinguisher. I have one, but have never practiced using one and actually pulling the trigger, I just have practiced without actually pulling it for real.

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46 Patricia Miller June 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

Definitely need this.

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47 Candice Hull June 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

68%–wow. We don’t have any carbon monoxide detectors and live in a really old house that is all gas. Need to get more fire extinguishers too. The computer room with all the cables could use some work too. I’m living in a death trap!
Thank you for the giveaway!

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48 Kyl Neusch June 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

work on Fire Extinguishers

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49 Miz Vickik June 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

We need fire extinguishers~

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50 brandy g. June 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Do not have a extinguisher. Need to get one

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51 Denise B. June 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

We could use one in the garage.

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52 Mary Calabrese June 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

we need to upgrade on smoke detectors.

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53 Pauline Milner June 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Actually, I found that we are well covered in all areas. We are a very safety concious household.
Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

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54 Caroline Morin June 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Our master bedroom definitely needs one.

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55 Jennifer June 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

“You scored 33% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Spectator!”
Yikes.. I think I have a lot to work on – everywhere! :(

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56 Alicia June 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

I need a fire extinguisher

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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57 Breanne June 17, 2012 at 1:53 am

I got a 73% but I need to get fire extinguishers.

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58 Wendy June 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

“You scored 65% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist!” We need to plug in our carbon monoxide detector, which we haven’t since moving.

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59 Deborah M June 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

Yikes! We only scored a 53%. We need more fire extinguishers

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60 DAMIAN JARREAU June 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

We need more extinguishers

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61 dani marie June 17, 2012 at 6:16 am

we got a 70% but we totally need a carbon monoxide detector.

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62 Erin E June 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

I need more fire extinguishers. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
Erin E
busymom369 at gmail dot com

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63 Jeff June 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

We need a few more things for home too.

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64 409cope June 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

We need to add a few fire extinguishers.

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65 r hicks June 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

got a 75% score. Could use additional CO detectors in basement

brich22 at earthlink dot net

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66 trisha mckee June 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I need fire extinguishers upstairs.

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67 June June 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I know I need to check batteries more often and run test’s on the smoke alarms.

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68 June June 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I subscribe by email.

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69 Tim June 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I am a Home Safety Bronze Medalist. I do not think I passed the audit.

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70 Shirley Hicks June 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

we need to replace our smoke detectors in the entire house

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71 Ani June 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

We need an extinguisher.

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72 Valerie Taylor Mabrey June 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

You scored 88% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Gold Medalist!

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73 Angela W June 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

The basment does not have a smoke alarm

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74 Trevor C. June 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

a fire pole to get from 2nd floor to the 1st floor in seconds

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75 carol lewis June 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Our downstairs bedrooms.

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76 Caitlin McClure June 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

we need smoke detectors

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77 Whitney Lindeman June 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

We need to get an extinguisher and new smoke detectors.

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78 Carla June 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

We need new fire extinguishers.

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79 Brittney House June 18, 2012 at 1:14 am

The upstairs hallway!

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80 Meghan Finley June 18, 2012 at 1:19 am

You are a Home Safety Spectator!

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81 Gianna June 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

My kitchen is one.

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82 Jessica A June 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

I need to put some work into outlets and only one high voltage appliance and putting plastic caps in the outlets when not in use.

jessicabanks1721@yahoo.com

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83 renee walters June 18, 2012 at 2:14 am

We need to get a carbon monoxide detector!

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84 Christy Weller June 18, 2012 at 4:22 am

I need more extinguishers

cweller75@gmail.com

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85 Sarah June 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

I scored 65% – safe but not sound. Need ladder from second story for escape.

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86 Joe C. June 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Another time I thought I knew more than I actually did.

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87 Joe C. June 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

Need extinguishers throughout the house.

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88 candace swoveland June 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

dangg my house needs it everywhere how awful

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89 Brenda Elsner June 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

We need fire extinguishers and updated testers.

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90 s riches June 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

We need another fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector.

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91 Dana123 June 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

Our garage needs some special attention.

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92 Van June 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

I need to purchase one more fire extinguisher.

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93 christal c June 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

I need more attention in the attached garage

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94 christal c June 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

fire extinguishers in there

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95 Erica C. June 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Our kitchen could be helped.

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96 elaine b June 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

i have one Fire extinguishers. but would feel better having one more

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97 Lindsey June 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Wow! I scored a 60%! It seems we need to have a little more childproofing and check our alert systems more often.

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98 Marlene V June 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I don’t have any fire extinguishers in our house — time to get one

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99 Roxann Clark June 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

need more extinguishers

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100 Jeremy S June 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I scored 73% and it said “You care about safety but may have forgotten to fix a few things along the way.”
jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

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101 Renee Richardson June 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You scored 40% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Spectator!
I know my kitchen needs a lot of attention. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

Renee
fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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102 Debra F June 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I need a fire extinguisher in the kitchen

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103 Heather W June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Smoke detector on every floor needs attention. None in our basement

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104 Gina Ferrell June 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I need more fire extinguishers. I am a Home Safety Silver Medalist!

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105 Johnny June 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I am a Home Safety Silver Medalist! We have chimney but we don’t use them.

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106 Patrice June 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I scored a 78%. Our kitchen needs some improvement!

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107 shirley zolenski June 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

There are a few areas that need attention but I need to quit putting off getting that fire extinguisher

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108 paige jagan June 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

we dont even own one fire extinguisher! what was i thinking??

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109 assignment pedia March 3, 2013 at 12:20 am

Sometimes is is difficult to find the place you can do this, but it is there.

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