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50 more tips to ensure safety, energy efficiency

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Last week, we gave you 50 safety and energy efficiency tips from this list of 100. Here are 50 more. Most can be accomplished in a minute or two and others in an hour or less, and some may save you money, if not a life.
51. Unplug small appliances such as hair dryers, toasters and coffee makers after using them.
52. Use flameless candles.
53. Look for the UL Mark when you buy appliances.
54. Turn space heaters off before going to bed.
55. Check your home for too many plugs in one socket and fix the problem.
56. Check all the outlets in your home for overloaded sockets or extension cords.
57. Remove any extension cords that are pulled under rugs or tacked up.
58. Turn out the lights when you leave the room.
59. Check your electronics for the UL Mark.
60. Replace an old light bulb with a new energy-efficient option.
61. Check that all major appliances are grounded.
62. Test your GFCI breakers.
63. Use a sturdy Christmas tree stand.
64. Water your Christmas tree every day.
65. Keep your Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
66. Inspect your Christmas lights for signs of damage.
67. Flip over large buckets so water cannot accumulate and become a drowning danger.
68. Keep breakable decorations out of reach of young children.
69. Put on safety glasses before any DIY project.
70. Put tools away after your DIY project is complete.
71. Use a ladder, not a chair, when climbing to reach something.
72. Never step on the top rung of a ladder.
73. Wear proper shoes when climbing a ladder.
74. Use breathing mask when mixing harsh chemicals such as drain cleaner, concrete cleaner and pool acid.
75. Store cleaners and other poisons away from food.
76. Post the Poison Control hotline number (800-222-1222) next to your phones.
Infants and toddlers
77. Use cabinet locks on cabinets that have poisons such as antifreeze, cleaners or detergents.
78. Keep medicine in its original containers.
79. Lock medications safely in a cabinet.
80. Put your infant to sleep on his or her back.
81. Remove any soft bedding, stuffed animals and pillows from your infant's crib.
82. Cut your toddler's food into small bites.
83. Use safety straps on high chairs and changing tables.
84. Check to see if any items in your home (including cribs) have been recalled.
85. Store all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
86. Teach kids to tell you when they see matches or lighter.
87. Move cribs away from windows.
88. Install baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs if you have young children.
89. Use safety covers on unused electrical outlets.
90. Test small toys for choking hazards: If it fits in a toilet paper roll, it's too small.
91. Pick up any small items, such as coins or buttons, that can be choking hazards for infants and toddlers.
92. If young children live in or visit your home, move furniture away from windows so they don't climb up to look out and accidentally fall.
93. Check your swing set for sharp edges or dangerous S-hooks.
94. Tie window cords out of a child's reach.
95. Check your child's bath water temperature (use your wrist or elbow) to make sure it is not too hot.
96. Remove drawstrings from your baby's clothing.
97. Keep the toilet lid shut to prevent little fingers from getting slammed by a falling lid.
98. If you have toddlers, install a toilet seat lock.
99. If you have young children, install doorknob covers on bathroom doors.
100. Don't refer to medicine or vitamins as "candy."
For tips from James and Morris Carey, go to or call the listener hot line, 800-737-2474, ext. 59. The Careys are also on KRKO (1380-AM) from 6 to 10 a.m. every Saturday.
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