Whether you work a 9-to-5 job or stay at home taking care of your kids, keeping your family safe at home is one of your top priorities. Some tasks may seem like common sense, such as putting poisons well out of the reach of little hands. However, there may be other safety ideas you’ve never considered.
These 10 ways to keep your family safe at home are a good starting point toward making sure everyone steers clear of preventable accidents and potential disasters.
- Keep medications out of reach. Don’t rely on childproof caps as they may not always work. Storing medications on shelves children can’t easily get to will go a long way toward keeping them safe.
- Install an ADT security system. Sleep peacefully at night knowing technology is keeping watch for you. Signs and stickers announcing the presence of an alarm system can deter burglars who will look for an easier target than a well-protected home.
- Maintain and test smoke alarms. At least twice a year, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Some people do this at the twice-yearly daylight saving time change, which can make the task easier to remember.
- Install baby gates near stairs. Once babies begin crawling and walking, they seem to make a beeline for staircases. Baby gates are usually inexpensive and easy to install, making them the perfect barrier for curious kids.
- Practice fire drills. These can be a fun part of family safety. Children love being involved, so let them help sketch an escape route and be sure and practice your stop, drop and roll routine until everyone gets it right.
- Turn pot handles toward the inside of the stove. Even if you don’t have a curious child who wants to see what’s cooking, kids can walk or run through the kitchen and hit a pot handle hanging slightly over the edge. This can lead to serious burns and injury. It only takes a moment to turn that pot handle in while you’re being the chef.
- Put tools away. Whether you’re making a repair or building a treehouse, be sure to store all of your tools when you’ve finished with them. Hammers, saws, pliers and more can be tempting – and dangerous – to young hands.
- Install pool gates. Teaching children to swim is essential, but it’s still a good idea to install gates around in-ground pools, especially if you have very young children. As always, monitor any pool activity whether kids are splashing in a baby pool or taking a dip in an above-ground model.
- Always be mindful when using space heaters. An economical choice for staying warm, they act like any other heat source. Never leave a heater unattended. Follow these guidelines to keep chilly children safe.
- Keep weapons locked away. Unload firearms and store them in lock boxes to keep your family safe. Don’t let your desire to protect your family turn tragic because of a child’s natural curiosity.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to make sure your home is safe even if you’re a busy executive or work-at-home parent. Set aside the time to note areas of concern around the home and act accordingly to protect your loved ones.
[About the author: Maire is an avid gardener, hiker, and big fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. She enjoys watching games with her fiancé in his man cave… when he lets her.]