Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/19/2015

While home is a place where you want to rest, play and relax with the family; it is also a place where accidents can happen.  Most children will get bumps and bruises, that is to be expected as children run and play; but some more serious injuries can be preventable.  It can be very difficult placing restraints on kids as they play, so the next alternative is to make the home a safe place for children to be in. Here are some safety tips that should be followed for different areas in the home. THE KITCHEN

  • Knives, scissors, forks and other sharp tools should be placed in the drawer secured with a childproof latch.
  • Locks should be installed on dishwashers so kids cannot open them while they are running.
  • When cooking, handles of pots and frying pans should be turned away and placed in a position that adventurous children cannot reach.
  • Cabinets under the sink should be free of all dangerous chemicals such as, detergents, dish washing liquid, and cleaning products.  Cabinets that can be accessed by children should also be secured with a safety lock.
  • Keep all plastic or polythene bags, and small objects out of the reach of children to eliminate the risk of choking and suffocation.
The Children’s Bedroom
  • The baby’s changing table should have a safety belt.
  • Baby cribs should be free of stuffed pillows, large stuffed animals and bumper pads to reduce the risk of child suffocation.
  • Toy chests and containers should have a safety feature that prevents them from slamming shut.
  • Safety latches should be installed on bureau drawers, closet doors and any other restricted areas in the child's room.
  • All furniture, toys and accessories in a child's room need to be age appropriate.
The Adult’s Bedroom
  • All medication bottles, loose pills, coins and sharp objects should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Window blinds should be tied and kept suspended at heights that children cannot reach.
  • For parents who own fire arms, they should be locked and kept secured at all times. Ammunition should be stored separately in a secure location.  Children should never have any access to firearms or ammunition.
Electricals
  • All unused electrical outlets should be protected with safety guards and major electrical appliances should be grounded to prevent shocks.
  • Be certain that all electrical cords, and small electrical appliances are out of a child's reach.
  • A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home.
  • The most common source of carbon monoxide comes from open flames, such as ovens and ranges.  It can be formed from an incomplete combustion from any flame fueled device like clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces and even water heaters. For this reason it is strongly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.
Bathrooms
  • The hot water thermostat should be set below 120 degrees.
  • All sharp objects like razor blades should be stored away in a locked cabinet.
  • There should be non-slip pads on the bathroom floor to prevent the child from slipping.
  • Bottles containing chemicals such as mouth wash, perfumes, hair dyes, and nail polish remover should be stored in a safe and secure location out of the reach of children.
  • Child safety latches should be installed on the toilet, cabinets, and doors.
All parents should take the responsibility of ensuring their child's safety seriously.  There are many resources and products available to help ensure that a child is safe within their own home.  





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/27/2014

If you are moving into a new home with young children, it is very important to have a safety strategy in place. Moving into a larger house with a young family can always be a real challenge. When taking the needed precautions early on, you can be assured your children will be safe. This is especially true when you're moving into a brand-new home from an apartment. 1. Establish a secure cabinet for cleaning supplies: When determining the storage area for your cleaning supplies, be certain to choose a location that cannot be accessed by a child. Keeping all of your detergent and household chemicals in one area that is difficult to reach, and protected with a child safety lock, will keep your children away from these harmful materials. Establishing this designated area early on will allow you to isolate harmful chemicals that are brought into your home immediately. 2. Cover your electrical outlets: Placing plastic socket covers in each of your unused electrical outlets is the best way to protect your child. If you have kids that are just starting to crawl and explore, there is a good chance they will try to put their fingers into an unprotected electrical socket. Socket covers are a simple precaution to take to help protect your child against injuries caused by electrical shock. 3. Check your smoke alarms often and install a carbon monoxide detector: When you are moving into a new home, it's always best to inspect or replace the smoke alarms and install a carbon monoxide detector right away. Installing these devices will not only benefit your children, but will benefit your family as a whole. Be certain that your early warning devices are well maintained and in good working order at all times. Early detection of carbon monoxide build up, or fire is the best way to prevent injury to your family members in this type of emergency situation. 4. Set up barriers: Make sure that you are always locking your doors, blocking off stairways and securing windows. This can prevent falls by children who are curiously exploring their new environment. Installing baby gates will prevent your child from accessing areas that could be potentially dangerous, or leaving an area that is child safe. Placing child safety locks on windows and your doors will  help to prevent accidents while making your home more secure at the same time.