Is Your Home Safe? Our Summer Safety Tips

The arrival of summer months always seems to serve as a reminder to me to review home safety procedures with my kids. Our children are around animals, tools in the garage, play equipment and more—all items that could pose potential danger or situations for which they aren’t prepared.

Below, you’ll find a few tips to keep your home safe while also educating children on how to deal with common, everyday situations that might potentially be a safety hazard to them.

Be Ready in Case of Fire
Fire safety precautions should always be taken including making sure that your fire alarms are in good working order. And teach your children to never play with lighters or matches and always make sure that you do not leave candles lit and unattended. Consider storing a small fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink, and ensure that the whole family knows its location and how to use it.

If a fire should occur, it is also important to make sure that you have a plan in place for your family. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. To make the educational procedure more fun and memorable, time how fast you can all safely get out of the home using the stopwatch on your phone.

Store Household Chemicals Safely
Household chemicals can be found everywhere⎯from under the kitchen sinks and in the laundry room to the bathrooms and the garage. If you have small children, try to think of what the world looks like from their point of view by mimicking the level that they see in the areas that surround them. It instantly helps you discern what household chemicals might be a danger.

It’s worth installing guards on cabinets where cleaners, chemicals or garden fertilizers are stored. If a room holds many potential hazards, consider keeping the door closed and installing a childproof lock to ensure everyone’s safety.

Lastly, store medicine in a locked cabinet to make sure that your children do not take anything they shouldn’t. If an accident does occur, contact Poison Control at 1.800.222.1222. Experts will guide you to the most appropriate first aid and best next steps for treatment.

Keep a First-Aid Kit Handy
Summer, for my kids, means more time spent outdoors and more chances for injuries. We restocked our first aid kit this year with advice from my good friend who is an emergency room doctor. He shared with me his list of first aid essentials, which include:

  • Different-sized bandages
  • Medicines like Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl*
  • Hydrocortisone cream and triple antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Nasal suction bulb
  • Syringes for oral medicine administration
  • Tweezers
  • Tape
  • Gauze of varying sizes
  • Elastic bandage wraps
  • Aloe
  • Nail clippers
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Scissors
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Splint
  • Safety pins
  • Calamine lotion
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Tooth preservation kit
  • Contact lenses case and saline solution
  • First aid manual

*Tip: Avoid giving aspirin to children due its link to Reye’s syndrome.

Consider taking some time this year to restock the first aid kit as well as have a small carrying case of essentials in your purse or car for the unexpected playground injury. I also like to keep items on hand that help with insect bites and sunblock for our summer outings. Assembling the first aid kits as a family, helps teach everyone what each item is and how it can help in certain situations. Have fun, and decorate the shoebox, tackle box or a resealable plastic container that will hold all the needed supplies.

Tip: Since warmer weather means time spent by the pool, it’s important to keep safety precautions in mind while you’re there. Our pool safety tips will help keep your family safe while making a splash.

The old adage to “prepare for the worst, but hope for the best” applies here. And I hope these ideas inspire you to prepare your home for a fun and safe summer!

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