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Welcome to the family health and safety page. This page is designed to give you information and links to keep you safe and healthy at home. Safety isn’t just a concern for work. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Department of Environment, Health and Safety wants to emphasize that attention to safety topics in the home is just as important.

Home Health and Safety

Fire Safety in the Home/Residence

Mercury Safety in the Home/Residence

Chemical Safety in the Home

Ladder Safety in the Home


Electrical Safety

Food Safety


Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Staying Healthy During a Disaster

People are aware of the importance of personal hygiene for staying healthy, but hygiene and sanitation needs are sometimes overlooked as we plan for necessities like food, water, and shelter in the event of an emergency. When putting together an emergency kit, don’t forget to include:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush and mouthwash
  • Medications
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Soap and laundry detergent
  • Garbage bags

Learn more about sanitation and hygiene during an emergency.

Emergency Planning for Vacation

Whether it’s the summer vacation to the beach, a trip to see the extended family for the holidays, or just a weekend away, it can be easy to get swept up in vacation plans and forget about planning for emergencies. When preparing for vacation or a trip, consider the following tips:

  • Have copies of your travel documents and passports available with you. Make electronic copies for back-up purposes.
  • Check weather for your vacation destination.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance when traveling to areas with known risks such as the Caribbean during hurricane season. Make sure natural disasters are covered in the travel insurance.
  • Pack an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies and any prescriptions.
  • Heed the warning. Follow the lead of the residents when warning siren or advisories are made.

Read more about preparing for possible disasters while on vacation.

Preparedness and Response Apps

Carolina Ready Safety App
Turn your phone into a personal safety device for free! The Carolina Ready Safety App includes emergency alerts, tools for staying safe on campus, emergency response guides, campus maps and a variety of health and wellness resources.

Did you know that the United States government offers many apps on a wide variety of topics – for free? Below find highlights of some EHS favorites.

American Red Cross Tornado App
The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand.
American Red Cross Hurricane App
Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
FBI Child ID
The FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so that it’s literally right at hand if your child goes missing.
OSHA Heat Index Safety Tool
Get the heat index for your work site and precautions to prevent heat illness.
NCI QuitPal
NCI QuitPal supports smokers working to become smoke-free.
CDC FluView
Explore Flu activity levels across the US and see trends over several weeks. Get local surveillance information.
First Aid by American Red Cross
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand.

Other Helpful Links

The following links provide more information for those seeking to stay safe and healthy at home and in the community.