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Important Home Safety Tips For National Safety Month

by Bill Sweeney

boy with dog looking out door

This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. See below to learn about Cordless Window Coverings.

Home Safety

June is National Safety Month and it’s a great time to ensure that you are doing as much as you can to make your home as safer and more secure!! Securing your home is not always something people think about when they are young. Most may not even think about it when they are older. I think the real turning point in each person’s life, in so many ways, is that first moment they realize that they will be having a child. That was a real “a ha” moment for my wife and me, I know that. I still remember it so well, like it was yesterday. It’s a moment of fantastic joy, great elation, anticipation…and complete fear!

Once we all settle down and get one that array of earth-shattering emotions, then we get into a better place. We start thinking about how our lives will change and what concrete steps need to be taken to get our lives in order to be ready for baby!

At the top of our list was definitely getting the house in order and safer for when out little one arrived. We knew from other people that it’s a whirlwind and we needed to be prepared!

boy laying with dog on rug

Baby Proofing Time

One of the first things you think about when it comes to home safety is baby proofing. This is the exercise of getting your home in order to try to limit your curious and energetic little one from having too many ways to injure themselves. There are so many fantastic products on the market now, even so many more than when my first child was born 14 years ago, that you can do a great job getting ready for baby. Here are just a couple of them:

  1. A toilet seat lock to prevent them from exploring and slamming the seat down
  2. Door knob covers to make it difficult to open the doors to rooms you want to keep closed
  3. Cabinet, appliance, and drawer locks to make sure they can’t get into cabinets they shouldn’t be in
  4. Covers for the ends of your tables and other pointed areas…they tend to fall a bit
  5. Electrical outlet covers so their little fingers or other objects can’t be inserted
  6. Temporary gates to close off areas and hallways…I like the tension rod gates so there are no permanent attachments
  7. While your medicine should be high out of the way and locked, it’s even better to put those meds and nasty chemicals into specially designed locked boxes or safes
  8. A cushioned guard spout on the bathroom tub
  9. Make sure dressers and other furniture are attached to the wall to prevent tipping
  10. Sign up for product recall notices at CPSC.gov
  11. Ensure that your windows and window coverings are cordless, as they considered to be safer and more secure…this is a top 5 hidden danger many people don’t ever think about

Top 5 Hazards in the Home

Securing Your Windows with Cordless Window Coverings

Did you realize that, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes? There are actually hundreds of children each year that injure themselves and die each year due to strangulation and other window covering-related accidents. It’s a terrible fact, but it’s something that can easily be prevented.

First, please go right now if you haven’t already and check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords. This is a really attractive thing for kids to pull on, but it can can pose a strangulation hazard. The easiest way to prevent accidents is to replace coverings with cordless products. We did this and have been so happy with the results!

To help you make the right choice when selecting window coverings, cordless options can easily be identified by the Best for Kids™ certification label. It’s the best way for you to know that you are getting the safest and best window covering for you and your family. Best for Kids products are currently available at major retailers across the country and are available in so many styles, colors, and price ranges. I would think there is something for just about everyone.

boy in hammock

I also wanted to share some important info, too.  In December 2018, a new safety standard that affects the availability of corded window coverings in retailers was passed. Those who wish to purchase corded window coverings must special-order these fixtures directly through manufacturers rather than purchasing in-store. This is a great step in bringing awareness to this safety issue! Even better, it makes it so easy to purchase cordless window coverings!!

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If you want to find out more about how to safeguard your home with cordless window coverings, please check out:

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Important Home Safety Tips For National Safety Month was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Bill Sweeney

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11 comments

Ray June 19, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Good to know, Bill. Thanks for sharing. Will be seeing my 5 year old niece soon and it’s good to be prepared with this info when baby sitting!

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Emman Damian June 19, 2019 - 2:52 PM

What a great infographic on National Safety Month! I’ll share that photo in the social media. Also, the tips you gave are all valuable.

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Carolyn June 19, 2019 - 6:58 PM

This is a great post! I’m doing a mental check right now to see what I need to do to keep my home safe! We have a busy 1-year-old, so I should start with the baby/toddler proofing!

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Ntensibe Edgar Michael June 20, 2019 - 5:03 AM

Nnniiiccceeeee….I don’t know why but this reminds me of my very first accident as a child….my Mom told me that I was running across in the corridor and then I slid and landed on my head first….hurt like hell! Hihi

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Lavern Moore June 20, 2019 - 7:21 AM

These are some good safety tips for the home. Implementing them would be a great benefit.

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GiGi Eats June 20, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Landon and I need to 10000% start baby proofing. Our son is ABOUT TO start crawling… And um, our house is SO NOT ready for this! Ha! I think we legit need to focus on baby proofing this weekend. Because as I said, our son is legit crawling at this point. Today, he will totally do it.

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Wendy Polisi June 20, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Home security has made a jump up on my list. I do not want someone to burgle me!

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Denise C June 20, 2019 - 3:40 PM

I hadn’t even thought about window cords being a safety risk. It makes sense though!

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Rosey June 20, 2019 - 10:18 PM

It is important to be prepared. My daughter has a 3month old and they had the house baby proofed before she even arrived. 🙂

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Heather June 21, 2019 - 7:07 AM

This is a great post! I have some friends who have kids and this would help them a lot. Thanks for the tips.

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Shannon Gurnee June 21, 2019 - 8:01 PM

These are some great tips! It’s amazing how many little things we could make in our home to make it safe.

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