Posts tagged with "child safety"

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.

Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday lighting, decorations, trees and more help to put everyone in the holiday mood. All of these things help set a cheerful holiday atmosphere, but they also pose hidden dangers. These tips can help you keep your family and home safe.

1. Holiday Lighting

While twinkle lights “help to make spirits bright”, but they can also start fires.

  • Carefully select flame-resistant strings of lights.
    1. Look for a certification mark (i.e. ELT or UL) to make sure the lights comply with safety standards.
  • Examine the strands of lights you’ve had for years and replace them if the wires are frayed, the cord is tightly kinked or sockets are cracked.
  • Be careful to not overload extension cords or outlet strips.
  • Keep children and pets away from light strings or decorations that use electricity.
    1. Additionally showing pets and children each ornament and telling them it is off limits is a wonderful way to keep them safe.
  • Always turn your lights off when you are going to bed or leaving the house. This not only prevents fires but also will save you money on your electric bill.
  • And never use electric lights on a metallic tree; a single touch can cause electrocution.

2. Decorations

  • Many older ornaments were potentially painted with lead paint.
  • If you even suspect they were, don’t put them on display. This is especially important if you have children.
  • Use only nonflammable or fire retardant ornaments.
  • Keep decorations and other flammable materials away from lit candles and fireplaces.
  • With children in the home, be sure your ornaments are shatterproof and free of sharp edges.
  • Also, hang ornaments with moving parts out of your child’s reach.

3. Trees*

  • If you’ve decided to purchase an artificial tree, select one that has a “fire-resistant” label.
  • When selecting a live tree, look for needles that are fresh, green and that don’t break easily when bent.
  • Be sure to keep the tree watered, to ensure that the needles do not dry out.
  • It is important that when deciding on where to place the tree, that it doesn’t block any major exits
  • Set your tree up away from fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and other heat sources.
    • Placing trees too close to a heating source is the cause of approximately one-in-six holiday tree fires.

4. Gifts

When choosing a gift for:

  • an older adult, select gifts that aren’t heavy or awkward.
  • Be aware of dangers associated with coin lithium batteries; of particular concern is the ingestion of button batteries
  • infants or small children (as you may already know) it’s important to avoid anything with small parts that could become choking hazards.
    • A good rule of thumb is if a part can fit through a toilet paper tube, it can fit inside a child’s mouth.

5. Entertaining

As you’re preparing for guests, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Don’t leave the kitchen when anything is cooking.
    1. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.
    2. Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. *
  • Be sure the fireplace flue is open BEFORE you light the fire. Keep evergreen boughs, paper, and decorations away from the fireplace.
  • Never burn wrapping papers in the fireplace.
  • Poinsettias are festive. While they are NOT poisonous to pets, according to veterinary experts, they are mildly toxic and CAN cause skin irritation, nausea, and vomiting. Keep them out of your pet’s reach or avoid displaying them at all.
  • Slippery pathways are a danger to people of all ages
  • Older guests may need ramps to get access into relatives homes during the holidays
    1. We rent ramps and stairlifts

6. Security

While you’re busy enjoying holiday parties and events, criminals are diligently watching your home. So be extra careful to ensure that in spite of all of the holiday excitement that you lock your doors and windows when you leave home. You should also:

  • Be creative about where you hide your spare key. Thieves know to check under doormats, above the door, under rocks, and in flower pots.
  • Keep indoor lights on a timer.
  • Leave a TV or radio on so it looks sounds like someone is at home.
  • Not display gifts in front of windows.
  • Ask someone to pick up your newspaper and mail if you’ll be away for extended periods.

Sources:

American Home Shield. (2018). Top 5 Tips for Holiday Home Safety | Home Matters blog. Retrieved from https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/quick-tips/top-5-tips-for-holiday-home-safety/

National Safety Council. (2018). Safety at Home. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holiday

*Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2014 NFPA.

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.