- Check every room in the house: First take a note book and a pen with you to take notes as you go through your home for this inspection.You never know if you will need to remember a few things as you inspect your home for safety.From bottom to top of your home check ALL smoke detectors.Make sure the batteries are working and the alarms work.Usually you can hit a test button on your smoke alarms.Always have back-up batteries on hand for your smoke detectors.If you don't have a safe exit plan with your family in case of a fire please write one up and go over it with the family.Always have a meet up spot in case of a fire about a block away from your house to make sure everyone is safe.Always have electric outlet protectors placed so the kids can't electrocute themselves from playing in a electric socket.
- Living Room & Dinning Room- If you have space heaters,check to make sure the cords are cool and not hot.Always have them placed on a floor flat and level.Try not to place them on rugs and carpets,keep them far away from bedding,curtains,clothes,toys,etc. It's so dangerous to use a gasoline space heater.Always turn off the space heater when you leave the room it's in or if you leave your house.Make sure you have a up to date space heater,retailers now have Safety Certified heaters with a mark of certification.It's located on the top of the space heaters as a sticker.If you have curtains,make sure they have hook protectors from choking.
- If you have tables or furniture with sharp,pointy edges put something that's padded on the sharp edges to prevent children from running into them.
- Bed Rooms-Check all your electric sockets to make sure no clothes are near them,don't leave on an iron after ironing clothes or leave on curling irons.Your child could get burned touching these things.Cosmetic and personal care products are the leading cause of accidental poisonings by children under age 6. Make sure to treat your cosmetics and personal care products as potential poisons and store them in a secure location.Other dangers in the bedroom include medicines, such as sleeping pills or vitamins, left on night stands or in unlocked suitcases.
- BackYard-If you have a back yard pool make sure you have a pool protection cover over it when it's not in use to prevent any drowning.Keep any clothing lines/ropes up high where a child can't hang on them.Check play sets for loose screws.Make sure you don't store any appliances out back in your yard,a child could get into a refrigerator or dryer that is outback for the trash and suffocate.
Places to call: Keep a list of places to call in case of an emergency!Make sure the list is near the phone.
- 911-Teach your kids how to dial 911 in case of any emergency for ambulance or police
- Poison Control- 1-800-222-1222 in case of any chemicals or medicine accidents,they are available 24-hrs a day,With Specially trained personal to respond to emergency calls about poisonings and provide educational information.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission-Info about any toy recalls or product related inquiry & to report any unsafe products.Or call 1-800-638-2772
I hope these tips and info.will help with keeping your home safe for your kids!
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