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Creating a Safe Home Environment

Home is supposed to be your safe place, but the home is full of potential dangers. Some are obvious, but some aren't as obvious. Nothing brings home safety to the forefront like having a child in the house. Whether it's a grandchild or your own baby, you suddenly see your home for what it is - a trap full of danger. Seriously, though, you can make your home a lot safer just by being cognizant of the potential dangers and acting on the advice here. Medication Keep all medications up and out of the way of little hands. This is not always possible due to the fact that children are known to climb to find things they aren't supposed to have. And sometimes the person who needs the medication can't reach an area out of sight of the kids. The best thing to do is get a locked box that cannot be opened by anyone but the person using the medications or delivering the medications. You can purchase a simple locked box like this one with a combination lock. They also make some with keys: http://www.amazon.com/Combinati...

 


Essential Fire Safety Tips

The very best fire safety is fire prevention. It's important when cooking, or starting a fire in a fireplace, or using a space heater, to always be aware of the dangers and practice smart safety tips. Always read the directions of any equipment the first time you use it, and take precautions to avoid accidents - such as not allowing children to light candles or cook alone. Install a fire alarm in every room of the house and test it periodically to be sure it is working. House Fires House fires are one of the most feared and devastating disasters a family can face. They can occur at any time and get out of control quickly. That's why it's important that the entire family is trained (where age appropriate) to use a fire extinguisher, and how to get out of the house during a fire. Regular fire drills should be the norm in a house full of children. Children who are trained how to get to safety during a house fire are much more likely to survive than those who are not trained. Teach them if they catch their cl...

 


Keep Your Child Safe on the Computer

Using the internet is sort of like letting your children loose in NY City. It's a dangerous place and much can go wrong if you're not educated on the facts. You need to understand how dangerous the internet is, what can happen, and how to prevent the bad things from occurring. You don't want to keep your kids from using the internet to discover wonderful things, but you do want to protect them from the seedier parts of life as long as you can. Talk to Your Child Talk to your child about the internet and how it's not private. They're not anonymous on the net no matter how careful they are with screen names, picture sharing and other instances. While most social networks offer some privacy settings, there are always those who can find ways to get around them. Assume anything you say or share online is available for the world's viewing. Any strange who asks to meet them is a danger. Monitor Your Child Place the computer in the family room while children are younger. After a child has reached an older age, ab...

 


Making Your Home Baby-Proof

Before you bring a child into the world, you need to make sure it’s safe to bring him or her into your home. Baby proofing is an important step in parenthood; one you should never neglect. However, preparing your home does not have to be overly complicated or expensive. Use common sense plus a few safety products to baby proof you home and you will be well-equipped for your bundle of joy. Think Like a Baby Look at anything that exists from your knees down. Your baby will eventually be crawling and getting into mischief. Anything floor level is their domain. Prevent injuries by using top baby safety products in the home. Outlet plugs are one of the best safety devices available to parents. They're inexpensive and prevent your child from sticking anything into a live outlet. Consider the sharp corners of your table or its stack of books. These can easily fall onto a baby with one quick motion. You can make the corners safe with table bumpers. Put all breakable or harmful objects out of baby's reach. ...

 


5 Most Important Teen-Driving Safety Issues

There comes a time in all parents' lives that they dread - their teenager getting behind the wheel. But, driving is a teenage rite of passage and one that most do safely when trained properly. The statistics are staggering, however. Half of all deaths of 13- to 19-year-olds happen due to a car crash with 16-year-olds having the most. There are ways that you can reinforce safety to your teenager, and that is by example. 1) Don't Talk on Your Phone Most teens do report to talking on their phone while driving, and guess what - an even higher percentage of parents do. You may think that your years behind the wheel make it okay but the truth is, kids do what they learn. Don't do it. Set the example for safety to your kids and they will be less likely to talk on the phone too. 2) Wear Your Seat Belt Not only should you wear your seat belt, you should also insist that everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. Studies show that teenagers who have parents who demonstrate this practice consistently are more likel...

 


Play Safe - Child Safety at the Playground

Playing is fun, but it can also be dangerous. It's important to use a few rules and common sense when your children are playing to ensure they stay safe as possible. There are issues that can happen in a split second that you may not have foreseen. Toys and playground equipment can be dangerous without you even realizing it. There are safety regulations in place, but sometimes a toy or a piece of equipment is old and was made before a new regulation was put into place. Even in the best circumstances, using a little common sense can go a long way. Toys Ensure that the toys your child is using meets the right age requirement. Those age restrictions are in place to help prevent strangulation, choking and other issues. For instance, a puzzle meant for a six-year-old, might be able to be put together by a 3-year-old, but they probably shouldn't because the pieces might be choking hazards. If a toy fits in a child's mouth all the way, they probably shouldn't play with it unless you're directly supervising them...

 


Keep Your Favorite Outdoor Activities Safe

Everyone enjoys recreation. It's great to ride your bike, skateboard and do other fun stuff when the weather permits. But, all this fun has danger attached to it. The great thing is you can eliminate and prevent a lot of accidents by practicing basic safety precautions, no matter the type of sport or recreation your children want to be involved with. Biking Every child eventually learns to ride a bike. It's a rite of passage almost as exciting as getting a driver's license. It's also almost as dangerous. Riding a bike is a great mode of transportation for children, as well as a great way to explore the neighborhood and do things with friends. But, used improperly it can be deadly. Ensure that the bike is the right size for your child. Using a bike too small or too big can make falling more likely. In addition, all children (and adults) riding bikes should wear a helmet. Riding a bike without a helmet is a bad choice. Even professional bike riders have accidents that would kill them without a helmet. Skii...

 


Cars and Child Safety

The safety of your children is of course very important to you. You would never knowingly do anything to harm them. But, there are times when people are trying to be safe but are still accidentally putting children at risk due to lack of knowledge about whether something is safe or not. Let's go over car safety and how kids can be kept safe. Car Seats First, every child should have a car seat. This is needed from infants until a child is at least 12 years old or tall and big enough that the seat belt can fit them properly. A seat belt should lie across the upper thighs and shoulder in a snug manner. Seat belts do not go across the chest and stomach. In addition, children should always ride in the back until they're adult size because it is safer. There are two basic types of car seats: * Infant seats - These are for children who are under 12 months of age and are rear facing. You can buy seats which are only for infants or that adjust for older children. However, keeping them in a rear facing position is ...

 


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