Home and Family

Home Safety

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas produced when any carbon-based fuel is burned. It is colorless and odorless; therefore, you may not be aware of its presence. According to the National Safety Council and the Center for Disease Control, approximately 500 to 1000 people are killed in the home each year by CO. Find out about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning...

Food Safety

From barbeques and buffets to turkeys and traveling, learn tips and best practices for ensuring healthy and safe meals.

Heating & Electricity Concerns

Alternatives During Power Outages

Space heaters, generators, fireplaces, and candles can be used as alternative sources of heat and light, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Learn safe ways to use alternative forms of heating and electricity...

Space Heater Safety

As cold weather approaches, many turn to space heaters to provide an additional heat source for their homes. And while space heaters seem to be an affordable alternative or addition to central heating, there is a much greater risk of fire associated with their use. Space heaters are the leading cause of home fires during the months of December through February. Learn to use your space heater safely…

Lawn and Garden Safety

Lawn Mower Safety

After a long winter, many of us are anxious to get outside and complete lawn and maintenance work. It is pertinent to use caution, as well as proper technique, when completing outdoor tasks. Use these tips when mowing your lawn…

Rain Gutter Safety

The colorful leaves of fall can be beautiful to look at, but can also cause problems for homeowners. Leaves and other debris can clog rain gutters and may lead to home damage. WVU Safety and Health Extension experts offer tips to safely rid gutters of debris this fall.

Deck the Halls Safely

Decorating for the holidays is a fun and exciting time, but be sure to exercise care and caution to keep families and homes safe this season. Every year, “decking the halls” can and does result in electrical shock, fires and falls for thousands of Americans. Follow these tips to ensure your safety comes first this holiday season.

Preventing Falls at Home

Each year, thousands of Americans fall at home. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook, but are also easy to fix. Use these tools to evaluate your home and prevent falls...

Winter Safety Tips shovel

Snowstorms, freezing rain and cold temperatures can lead to dangerous situations in the winter months. Check out the following Extension resources to learn some winter safety tips.