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Home Safe Home


Make sure your home is as safe as can be for you and your family.


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Our homes are our sanctuaries, where we feel most comfortable, cozy, and secure. As they say, home is where the heart is. Let's keep it that way!

To make your home a safe haven, there are a few measures everyone one can take. As your kids get older, some of these precautions will change, but most won’t. They’re all easy and make perfect sense, and yet a number of families overlook them.

Childproof the house: This means capping electrical outlets, getting rid of any appliance with faulty wiring (or fixing it), untangling extension cords and instead plugging things into power strips. Also, store household cleaners and anything with toxic ingredients in locked or childproof cupboards, preferably ones that are well out of reach of toddlers.

Fire safety: Do more than discuss escape routes in case of fire. Have fire drills and make sure the kids know about alternate routes. Keep all fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors in good working order. The same is true of fire extinguishers and flashlights — if they don’t work, they are useless in an emergency. If you keep candles and matches around in case of power outages, make sure the matches are out of reach of the kids. Overall, flashlights and battery operated lanterns are better than candles.

First aid: Make sure you have rudimentary first aide supplies. If you leave the kids with a babysitter, she or he should know where you keep bandages, gauze, antibacterial cream, and ice packs. Otherwise, keep all medication and over-the-counter remedies out of reach of children

Stairways and other dangers: If your home has stairs, be sure they are fitted with gates to keep toddlers from falling. Common sense usually dictates which parts of the house should be off limits to young kids, but in general they should not be able to get their hands on china, glassware, elaborate electrical apparatus, knives, guns (which should never be loaded and always locked up), and sharp or heavy sports equipment.

Pools and other water hazards: Drowning is a leading cause of death among young, preschool-aged children, so if you have a pool be vigilant. Never let your kids (at any age) swim without adult supervision, keep the gate to the pool enclosure securely latched — and make sure the latch is child proof. Inspect the fencing around the pool from time to time to make sure there are no gaps or other places a child could crawl through. Even a shallow fish pond or bubbling brook can be hazardous, so make it impossible for your kids to access these until they are much older

Emergency contacts: Finally, keep a list of emergency numbers where you, your kids, and babysitters can access them. If you create the list on the computer, print it out and post it near a landline or somewhere else that makes sense for your family.

Be sure to include your and your spouse’s cell and office numbers, the numbers of a neighbor or nearby relative, poison control, the pediatrician, and the veterinarian, should you have pets. It’s also a good idea to have the number for a local taxi company, accompanied by your exact street address. In an emergency, it’s reassuring to have this information on hand for a babysitter or family friend

Chances are you will never have to call poison control or leave the house in the event of fire, but if you do, you are prepared. What do they say? Forewarned is forearmed.



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