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Of all the roles I play on a daily basis, mother is my most cherished role. One of my top goals as a mom is to keep the kids – and our whole family – safe on a daily basis. Today I’ll be sharing some easy ways that we safeguard our home from various hazards. From using outlet covers to placing First Alert CO Alarms throughout the home, there’s nothing more important to me than keeping my loved ones safe.
1. Ensure your home is equipped with First Alert Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms!
This is an easy step toward a safer home. To make sure that the whole house is protected, we install First Alert Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarms on every level of the home and in every bedroom. Plus, we also have a fire extinguisher on every level of the home AND in the kitchen & garage. When it comes to home safety, I always try to get the kids involved in the process. I recently received this kit from First Alert with CO & Smoke Alarms and a coloring book (the kids thoroughly enjoyed the activities in the book, by the way).
The kids had some questions so I explained to them the basics. What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas. CO alarms detect this poisonous gas and provide early warning. What are the sources of Carbon Monoxide? CO can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove, or cars. My girls are naturally curious and I’m always happy to educate & enlighten them.
First Alert has a variety of CO alarms to fit each family’s needs. One of my favorites is the Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery and Digital Temperature Display. It comes with a battery that lasts for an impressively long time (ten years!) and doesn’t need to be installed anywhere – it can simply be placed on a surface! Talk about convenience!
I put one of these alarms on my daughter’s new big-girl desk. She will be starting Kindergarten this year so I know she’ll be spending a lot of time writing & drawing here.
Another model that I received is the Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup. This one is convenient because I can simply plug it into any outlet in the home.
Since it’s also equipped with a battery, I know that the alarm will provide continuous monitoring even during blackouts. That offers a peace of mind that I appreciate!
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Since I work from home and spend countless hours in my office every day, I added one of these plug-in alarms to the outlet in my office. Easy peasy!
Did you know that many states adopted new building codes in 2011? This means that many carbon monoxide alarms, which have a useful life of seven years, are expiring soon! The affected states include California, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Click here to learn more about current carbon monoxide legislation and get other general home safety tips! Also, be sure to watch this video here to learn more:
By the way, keep in mind that CO alarms have an end of life warning. This warning is designed to let you know that it’s time to replace the alarm. Don’t ignore the warning – stay on top of your alarm maintenance to keep your home safe!
2. Ensure all exterior locks are in working order!
Don’t neglect the outside perimeter of your home. Inspect all exterior doors and windows. Be sure that all doors & windows are locked at night and that all locks are properly fitted. When we first moved into our current home, we realized that one of the the locks on an exterior door was getting loose. We quickly replaced it. Now we routinely inspect all locks.
3. Anchor tall furniture to the wall!
Young kids will sometimes climb on large pieces of furniture. If the furniture is not properly anchored to the wall, the furniture can tip over, posing an extreme hazard to the child. Always use anchors designed to attach furniture to wall studs. We have always anchored bookcases, dressers, carts, TV stands and other large furniture to the wall.
4. Keep medicines & toxic products out of reach!
We store our family’s medicines in a high cabinet… out of reach of the children! For those low cabinets that house toxic chemicals and cleaning products, we use child-proof cabinet locks. Even though our kids are getting a bit older, it’s still important to be cautious. Better safe than sorry!
5. Install window guards & switch to cordless blinds!
To keep kids safe near windows, install metal window guards to prevent an accidental fall through a window. Also, conventional blinds and window coverings with cords pose a strangulation hazard for young kids. Switch to cordless window coverings in every room.
Don’t ignore any CO alarm warnings – pay attention to the warning and keep your family safe! Learn more about current CO regulations here. How do you remember to replace your alarms on a regular basis?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.