Childproofing

Poison Prevention

Poison prevention involves many different things. There are many items in just about every home that could be poisonous if used improperly. Medication was taken: at the wrong dosage, by the wrong person, or combined with other medicines; can all be considered poisonous. Household cleaners and chemicals may also be poisonous when inhaled or ingested. Over 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home so it is critical to make your home safe in order to avoid poisoning.

Below are 10 useful tips for avoiding poisoning:

  1. Never mix chemicals or household products. Doing so could produce a hazardous gas.
  2. Never share prescription medicines. If you are taking more than one drug at a time, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222). This number will connect you to your local poison center, which will allow you to find out more about possible drug interactions.
  3. Keep all household cleaners, chemicals, medicines, and potentially poisonous substances out of the reach of children or in locked cabinets.
  4. Don’t leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door.
  5. Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  6. Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.
  7. Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Never put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container, such as a plastic soda bottle, where it could be mistaken for something else.
  8. Safely throw away old medicines and other potential poisons. Check your garage, basement and other storage areas for cleaning and work supplies you no longer need and can discard.
  9. Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  10. Program the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone and post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.

The Benefits of Having a Professional Home Safety Evaluation

As you begin your search for childproofing or “aging in place” items to help you transition to a safer home environment, making a purchase decision is not always easy. Many products look useful, but may not be the best solution for your unique home. With the numerous options advertised for childproofing and aging-in-place, it can be difficult to know which products are worth buying.

This is where your experts at Home Safe Homes can lend a hand.

Home Safe Homes has been performing Home Safety Evaluations since it opened in 2001. We’re members of the International Association for Child Safety and have been childproofing homes since opening. As our business grew some of our staff became Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, and we’ve been performing accessibility remodeling since 2009. Our team has the experience and knowledge to back up our product recommendations.  Their expertise allows them to perform installations efficiently and securely. At Home Safe Homes our goal is to give our clients peace of mind, by helping them improve their homes’ safety and accessibility.

When Home Safe Homes performs a Home Safety Evaluation, the team member assigned to you will accompany you room-by-room to evaluate your living space and learn about your daily routines and needs. They will then recommend items that can best improve your home safety, and inform you of the cost of the products and their installation. If you aren’t interested in everything they recommend, the price can be adjusted to include only the services you choose to pursue.

We provide a quick turn-around from the time the evaluation is performed to when we are able to install the products you have selected.

 

If you are interested in childproofing or aging-in-place, call Home Safe Homes at (317) 773 – 1996 to set up an appointment for a Home Safety Evaluation today!

Child Safety Measures Offered by Home Safe Homes

Image of a Kidco Safety Gate installed at the base of the stairs. Image depicts the swinging and locking motion of the gate. In the picture a mother is going up the stairs while a dog sits outside the gate.

As members of the International Association for Child Safety, our goal to help make your home as safe as possible for your little ones. Home Safe Homes offers a comprehensive assortment of child home safety products. One of the most popular child safety products we provide is safety gates. By strategically placing safety gates around your home you can rest assured that your child will be protected from potential hazards, such as stairs. (“Services” 2018)

 

Home Safe Homes installs, KidCo brand child safety gates.

Below are facts about the types of safety gates that we install:

Hardware-mounted gates are bolted to the walls of your home. They’re appropriate where there’s a chance of your child falling, such as the top of a stairway, indoors or out.

 

 

Pressure Mounted Safety Gate installed between the kitchen and living room. In the picture a mother is handing her daughter a snack over the closed gate.Pressure-mounted gates

  • press on opposing walls
  • They should be used only where falling isn’t a hazard, such as between two rooms or to discourage climbing up stairs.
  • not secure enough to use at the top of stairs

Custom-fit gates and fencing can be installed to enclose unsafe areas, such as fireplaces.

 

 

Free-form gates and fencing can be used indoors to enclose your child in a safe play area.

 

 

Home Safe Homes also offers and installs cabinet locks, drawer latches, furniture anchoring, and TV mounting. Our team members will work with you and can make suggestions of where to strategically place safety gates, locks, latches and anchoring to help ensure the safety of your children.

Protect-A-Child Pool Fences

Image of a completed pool fence around an oval shaped pool.

Another way that Home Safe Homes can give Sandwich Generationers more peace of mind is by making their pools safer. The Protect-A-Child, Pool Fence Systems we install do exactly that.

The Protect-A-Child Pool Fence is made with composite fiberglass pool fence posts, with their superior, long-lasting construction, is guaranteed to never bend or break. Our mesh pool fence is completely removable, and it takes only a few in moments to do so. This means it can be removed when necessary and you can take it with you from home to home. With a lifetime warranty, your pool fence will remain safe and attractive for years to come (“Services” 2018).

 

 

 

 

Mesh fence features include:

  • 100% composite fiberglass posts and moldings.
  • Post color is “built-in” with colored resins rather than painted on or coated like aluminum.
  • Impervious to water, sun, and weather.
  • Does not become hot in the sun like metal posts.
  • Assembled with our super strong, weatherproof, PVC coated polyester – transparent mesh.
  • Does not conduct electricity – meets all Electrical Codes for your pool.

Home Safe Homes has been installing child safety measures since it opened in 2001. Our team is passionate about child safety and has 17+ collective years of experience. We can help you determine what the best solutions are for protecting your little ones, and get them installed efficiently and securely. Contact us to set up a home safety evaluation and or pool fence installation. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Source:

“Services.” Home Safe Homes, Home Safe Homes, 2018, www.homesafehomes.com/services/.

 

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Home Safe Homes Helps Improve Home Safety for the Sandwich Generation

Are you struggling to take care of mom and dad…AND your children?

Home Safe Homes helps people in the sandwich generation* care for both their parents and their children and keep them safe. We offer a variety of services in Child Safety and Accessibility Remodeling.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be posting blogs on how Home Safe Homes can help put Sandwich Generationers’ minds at ease. This week’s blog concentrates the ways we are able to help you improve your parents’ independence in the home through accessibility remodeling, starting with bathroom safety and accessibility

Bathroom Safety

The CDC reported that 81 percent of injuries experienced by those 65 and older were caused by falls and that one of the most common environments, where falls occur, is in the bathroom. Over one-third of older individuals require hospitalization following a bathroom incident. “Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.” (“Home and Recreational Safety” 2017)

Consider these safety tips to reduce falls in the bathroom:

  • Ensure shower doors are made of safety glass or replace with a shower curtain.
  • Take extra care when on a wet surface. Slip-resistant flooring is recommended for bathrooms, such as paint-on applications or self-adhesive non-slip strips.
  • Grab bars are recommended in all positions around the bath and toilet. Never use a towel rail to support body weight.
  • Hand-held shower hoses are a good idea, as are shower chairs or bath seats when mobility or balance is in question.

Home Safe Homes strives to help prevent falls in the bathroom and to increase bathroom safety. Whether it is due to aging, illness or disability, when bathrooms need to be modified to reduce barriers for the safety and comfort of those at home — Home Safe Homes can help. Our professionals can advise you on grab bars and other equipment to modify your bathroom to ensure maximum safety and independence.

It is not uncommon for individuals to need help getting in and out of the tub or shower. One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways that Home Safe Homes is able to aide in increasing bathroom safety is through the installation of grab bars. Home Safe Homes keeps stainless steel, concealed screw grab bars in stock, and carry them on our truck. This means that it is possible for our team member to install grab bars the same day that they do a home safety evaluation.

In addition to grab bar installation, we also offer barrier free shower systems. The barrier-free showers that Home Safe Homes install are Best Bath brand. Barrier-free showers allow for easier entry and exit of the shower, especially for those who have difficulty lifting their foot over the lip of standard showers. Barrier-free showers also make it possible for wheelchairs to roll into and out of the shower, and transferring from a wheelchair to shower bench safer and more efficient. We are proud to partner with Best Bath and be able to install their wide array of barrier-free shower options.

For consultation, contact Home Safe Homes today.

 

* The sandwich generation is a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.

Sources:

“Home Assessments | Indianapolis, IN.” Home Safe Homes, Home Safe Homes, 2018, homesafehomes.com/services/#bathroom-modifications.

“Home and Recreational Safety.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Feb. 2017, www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html.

3 Ways to Reduce Invisible Risks Around Your Home

We often do a great deal of work to protect our families from dangers both inside and outside of our homes. However, we sometimes overlook one of the best ways to look out for our family – by examining the invisible risks around our home.

But how can you reduce your risk for dangers you can’t see? A great place to start is by addressing common household issues such as contaminants, media access, and emergency preparedness.

In this third article of our three-part series, we explore ways to protect your family with tips for reducing invisible risks around your home.

 

Contaminants

You can take concrete steps to protect your home from invisible contaminants such as carbon monoxide, radon, mold, and lead. For example, installing carbon monoxide alarms on each floor of your home and outside each sleeping area will help ensure a safe environment for everyone occupying your home.

Be sure to evaluate your home for mold, radon, and lead content, which can go undetected for long periods of time and lead to chronic illness when left unchecked. It’s important to eliminate the presence of any of these hazards in your home for the sake of your family’s health.

 

Media

Our homes these days are subject to a constant influx of media content through television airwaves, cable, satellite, and Internet access. You can protect your loved ones from access to unwelcome media content by installing quality Internet filters and proactively managing your children’s access to Internet and texting. Similar filters are available for televisions.

For families eager to maintain a healthy relationship with screen time, consider incorporating a service to control the amount of access you have to your devices overall.

 

Emergencies

Emergencies can happen any time, and taking steps to reduce your risk and improve your access to help can boost your chances of coming out safe and sound.

First, whether it’s a mobile phone or land line, ensure you have a working phone at all times. Keep telephone numbers for local police, fire, hospital, medical support, and poison control accessible for everyone inside your home, including babysitters.

Consider installing a home security system to alert you to intruders, and maintain regular contact with a neighbor, friend, or family member who can check in with you to ensure your wellbeing.

In addition, keep a supply of clean, fresh drinking water and non-perishable foods on hand in the event of a power outage or weather disaster. Emergencies tend to happen when they’re least expected, and your efforts to be prepared will help ensure your family is protected.

 

Safety is a priority for every generation and every family, and the invisible risks around our homes can be especially unsettling. With these simple steps, you can help protect your family’s security and wellbeing from unseen contaminants, unwanted media influences, and unexpected emergencies.

A little preparation can go a long way towards keeping your family safe and sound.