4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Throughout 2017

Keeping track of the kids throughout the year can prove challenging, especially when you have a million different things to juggle. Follow these tips to keep the kids safe all year long.

Keeping track of the kids throughout the year can prove challenging, especially when you have a million different things to juggle. Follow these tips to keep the kids safe all year long.

Guard the Stove

Little ones often find themselves attracted to bright lights, and if you step away from the stove to pull a dish out of the refrigerator, curious hands could cause serious injury. If possible, keep the kids out of the kitchen while you cook. Alternatively, appoint one adult to take charge of the children.

Watch other hot surfaces, as well, such as the oven door, the fireplace screen, and pot and pan handles. Before you set food on the table, make sure it’s out of the kids’ reach until an adult serves them. That way, they won’t accidentally burn their hands or mouths.

4 ways to keep kids safe throughout 2017

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Check Your HVAC System

The pilot light on your furnace can become a safety hazard for kids. Make sure the cabinet that holds your furnace stays sealed and that kids don’t have access to large vents. Similarly, don’t let kids come into contact with space heaters, which can get extremely hot.

Protect your home’s indoor air quality, as well. Fumes from cleaning chemicals, burning fireplace logs, and other sources can put your kids’ respiratory systems at risk. Take control of your home’s indoor air quality by changing the filters and running your air cleaner if you have one.

Decorate For Holidays Wisely

For parents who like to decorate for each holiday that rolls around, it’s important to keep an eye out for dangerous additions to your home. Use plastic instead of metal hooks when hanging things so your children don’t injure themselves. Additionally, avoid keeping lit candles, poisonous fruits used in decorating, and other hazards within reach. Consider young guests as well as your own kids.

Examine your decorations for sharp edges. An innocent-looking star ornament, for instance, could become a serious weapon in tiny hands. After you decorate, remove all boxes, bags, and other packaging materials so your kids can’t get into trouble with these.

Keep An Eye on Your Child

If you’re visiting a friend’s or family member’s home, you might have to pay special attention. If the host doesn’t have kids, for instance, the home probably doesn’t feature child-proofing materials. Similarly, if you host a large gathering at your own home, watch the kids closely. Make sure they stay in full view of adults at all times.

Keeping track of the kids throughout the year can prove challenging, especially when you have a million different things to juggle. Follow these tips to keep the kids safe all year long.

Kids can get overwhelmed in large groups. They might not used to interacting with strangers or multiple adults at one time. If your children seem out of sorts, consider taking them to a quiet, private place for a few minutes to calm them down. Try not to overreact; simply give them space to feel comfortable.

You don’t have to become a helicopter mom as the year goes on, but take a few extra precautions to keep your children safe. The more preparations you take, the easier it becomes to enjoy yourself.

Hunkering Down for the Winter Home Safety Tips


The time has come again to hunker down for the winter, and that means making sure all the details are taken care of around your home. If you’ve lived in the same place for a number of years, you probably have it down to a routine, but if you’re in a new place this season, it’s time to create a new checklist.

Five details in particular that you should consider before the snow starts to fall and the water around your place starts to freeze are how well your pool or other outdoor items are secured, if your garage is organized, if your pipes are insulated, if there are any leaks in your major appliances, and if you’ve changed your furnace filter recently.

Secure Your Pool

If you have a pool, there are safety precautions that you need to take when it’s in use during the summer of course, but you also have to pay attention and make sure that it’s safe in the winter when it’s not in use as well. Make sure the pool fence is secure and locked. Make sure that if someone was around the pool by accident and fell in, the pool cover won’t create a drowning hazard depending on the temperature and state of the water inside.

Organize Your Garage

Nobody wants a messy garage when it’s cold in the winter, so you can’t find your snow shovel and ice pick. Seriously, before the cold hits, organize your garage. Not only will you be able to find things better, you’ll also feel like you’ve accomplished something to decrease the amount of entropy in your life.

Protect Your Pipes

If you’re somewhere that it’s cold enough to snow, then you’re somewhere that you should pay attention to any plumbing that has a chance to freeze. Dealing with frozen pipes, or ones that burst eventually, is a gigantic and expensive pain, and if you had just insulated those pipes with some cheap foam, you could have avoided the whole trouble in the first place.

Check For Leaks

Check everything that you have for leaks before the winter hits. Check pipes. Check appliances. Check the water heater. Check the roof! Anywhere there is water or a chance for liquids to move from where they’re supposed to be to somewhere they’re not supposed to be – that’s where you want to do your inspection and correction.

Change Your Furnace Filter

If your furnace is going to be running, and it has any kind of air intake or outgo path, be sure that you replace your filter. They aren’t that expensive, but they can make a huge difference when it comes to the quality of your indoor air after your heat gets rolling for the chilly season.

Black Friday Safety Tips

12243771_10206781847358815_704030645_nBlack Friday is nearing and that means there are people who have been planning this shopping trip long before Thanksgiving arrives. They browse the internet searching for the sneak peek of sales and figure out which items they’d like to buy. I’ve put together a list of important Black Friday Safety Tips to help you stay safe while shopping.

  • You know there will be large groups of people out and about shopping. Most people are only interested in getting a good deal and trying to save as much money as they can, while others want to try and take advantage of this time and of the people.
  • Ask a friend or family member to go with you. You can shop in different areas of the stores to get your items but it is much safer to arrive and leave the stores with someone.
  • Check your cellphone to ensure your battery is charged. Carry it in a safe place that is easy to get to but you won’t loose it.
  • Let your family know where you are going and check in at least once during your shopping trip, just to let them know how everything is going.
  • If you plan on carrying cash while shopping, be sure to stop by the bank or ATM a few days before during the day time hours. Thieves know people are getting money to shop and this is the prime time for them to take advantage.
  • Always, Always, Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you plan on carrying a purse or handbag be sure it is one that can fit over your body or one small enough to place over your shoulder. If carrying cash or cards place them in your pocket with your drivers license to avoid your purse or handbag getting snatched.
  • If you know you want a certain item, don’t fight over them. It is not worth you getting hurt or going to jail. The same idea applies to parking spots.

Try not to shop alone as this makes you an easy target for those lurking to make a move. These Black Friday safety tips can help you be aware of things that you may not think of at the time or you may not think will happen to you. Try them out this year when you go shopping. Head over and check out my Black Friday Shopping Tips before you take your trip.

Pool Safety Rules with a Printable!

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Summer is in full swing and the kids can’t seem to get enough of the pools. Sometimes as parents we tend to let kids be kids, but at times like these involving children’s safety, be must always be alert to their well-being. 

Adult Supervision– Never allow children or kids to swim without adult supervision even if they can swim. Not only for a moment. Especially those who are beginners or aren’t quite ready to venture around the water by themselves. It only takes a second for a child to go under and not know how to bring themselves back to surface. Smaller children should always swim with an adult in the water with them to prevent accidental drownings.

Safety Devices- Smaller children who can’t swim or those learning should always wear swimming vests while in or around the pool area. Safety Rings should be within reach, in case of an emergency.

Fencing around Pool Area – If you have a pool it’s always a good idea to have a fence with proper locks or a safe barrier, so that no one gets in to swim without an adult.

Swimming – No running around pools as the decks or surfaces become wet and slick, which can cause injuries. No diving in shallow areas. When diving be sure to take extra precaution when someone is on the diving board and those in the pool at the time. No pushing or dunking. Separate the shallow end from the deep end.

Pool Toys– Always remove pool toys when not in use to prevent children from trying to remove them and accidentally falling in.

After Swimming– Remember to remove toys and always lock gate properly, remove ladder (if applicable) and anything that may draw attention to children and animals to visit the pool.

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Do you know of some pool rules you use that aren’t listed? I would love to hear. 

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10 Household Safety Tips

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Home is a place to play, relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Accidents can happen at any time, and we can help prevent them before they happen. We all know there will be those accidents with bumps, bruises and minor scrapes, but we must help kids discover new things. They must learn about safety in the home. I have created a household safety list of the top ten things to have on hand in case of emergencies.

  1. Fire Extinguisher
  2. Water – 1 Gallon per person to last 2-3 days
  3. Foods & Snacks (Non-Perishable)
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Battery Operated Radio (with extra batteries)
  6. Flash Lights (with extra batteries for each)
  7. Extra set of clothing for each person
  8. A List of Important Phone Numbers
  9. Manual Can Opener for foods
  10. Have a plan in case of fire, earthquake, tornado or flooding make sure everyone in the household knows the plan. Where to go, where to meet, who to call.

Here is a free printable that you can download and print.

Place on your refrigerator or in a safe place so that everyone in the house can see.

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Car Seat Buying Guide For Babies And Toddlers

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The perfect guide for helping you purchase a carseat for your child!

You want to keep your children as safe as possible on the road so purchasing the correct car seat is very important! You need to make sure that the seat you choose is best suited to their age, weight and height.

I would recommend staying away from second hand carseats as they can be very unsafe. Unless you are able to research it’s history I wouldn’t use it. I would also recommend looking for a car seat that can rear face as long as possible. Rear facing is recommended until  2 years of age but you can RF longer than that as well. It is the safest way!

When it comes to car seats there are 3 main types of car seats to consider: Infant car seats, convertible car seats and booster seats.

Infant Car Seats

Infant car seats are generally used from birth to 35lbs depending on the brand you purchase and the height of your baby. They are rear facing ONLY car seats. Never forward face an infant car seat. The safest place for your childs car seat is in the middle of the backseat! It should never be placed in the front seat where there are airbags. If the airbag was to deploy it could cause serious injury to your baby.

Convertible Car Seats

The convertiable car seats are bigger and heavier than your infant only seats. They can rear face once your baby is too big for the infant only car seat. Depending on the brand that you purchase you can rear face from 5-40lbs and up to 50″ tall. Make sure you check your car seat manual for the weight limit. You can always forward face them depending on the brand of carseat up to 65lbs. Again make sure to check your manual for your carseats weight limit.

What I loved about the convertible car seats is that your child can stay in a 5 point harness generally up to about 65lbs. The 5 point harness is much safer than just a regular seatbelt! I would recommend keeping your child in the 5 point harness to the weight limit your manual states. I purchased the Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat for my son. We love it!

If you purchase a convertible 3 in 1 seat then your child will be able to stay in the seat up to 100lbs.(Check your manual for weight limits) Some 3 in 1 car seats are forward facing only so be sure to check that if you child is still too young to be forward facing.

Booster Seats

When your child outgrows the convertible seat, it is time for them to move to a booster seat. Booster seats use the cars seat belt and are meant for children 4 and older that weigh 40lbs or more. Make sure that the seat belt fits your child properly in his/her booster seat. The proper way for the seatbelt is low and flat on tops of the thighs/hips. If the lap belt rides up on your childs stomach they could suffer injury during an accident.

The law states that children should ride in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old AND 4ft 9in tall! Check your local laws as your car seat laws could differ.

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What carseat have you purchased for your child{ren}? We would love for you to share with us in the comments!

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