Child Safety: Halloween Safety Tips to know Before Trick-or-Treating

Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is a day children love to dress up in costumes because it allows them to express their imagination and creativity;  Getting lots of candy while “trick-or-treating” only adds to the fun. Halloween also has a few dangers that you and your children need to be aware of. Not only are a lot of children out on Halloween, but so are child predators. Keep in mind this isn’t only Halloween night, but any Fall Festivals and events your family might attend. We realize that many of your children are not old enough to trick-or-treat for Halloween yet but every parent that is made aware of the dangers can help keep another child safe.   General Safety First and most importantly, make sure an adult goes along to supervise your child. A child who walks alone on Halloween is vulnerable to predators. You and your child should walk with flashlights for better visibility and to allow others to spot you more easily. Teach your child to stay on the sidewalk and hold your hand when crossing the street. Try to use lighter colors or reflective fabric on costumes to increase the visibility of your child to motorists and other trick-or-treaters. Teach your child to never run at night and stay on lighted sidewalks, streets and driveways. Instruct them NOT to travel across peoples yards where there my be obstructions such as sprinklers, flowerpots, yard tools, and other tripping hazards. Read more about costumes, stranger danger and candy safety.

By |October 13th, 2015|Info, Safety|0 Comments

Holiday Safety Alert: Consumer Injuries Involving Decorations and Decorating Are on the Rise

CPSC and UL Provide Tips for a Safe Holiday Home WASHINGTON, D.C. – Holiday decorating plans do not normally include lacerations, falls and fires. Unfortunately, these hazards make an unwelcome appearance in the homes of thousands of consumers each year. To help avoid hidden decorating dangers, CPSC and UL are providing families with tips for a safe holiday home. Reports of falls from ladders while stringing lights and hanging decorations, incidents of lacerations from broken glass ornaments and other holiday-related injuries are increasing. During November and December 2010, CPSC estimates that more than 13,000 people were treated in emergency departments nationwide due to injuries involving holiday decorations. This is an increase from 10,000 in 2007 and 12,000 in 2008 and in 2009. Although estimates of deaths and injuries related to Christmas tree and candle fires are down, there are still an alarming number of incidents. Live trees or other evergreen decorations that have dried out burn fast and hot in a matter of seconds if they come in contact with an open flame. Between 2006 and 2008, there was an annual average of four deaths and $18 million in property damage related to Christmas tree fires. During this same time period, CPSC received reports of about 130 deaths and $360 million in property losses related to candle fires. “A well-watered tree, carefully placed candles, and carefully checked holiday light sets will help prevent the joy of the holidays from turning into a trip to the emergency room or the loss of your home,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Follow CPSC’s safety tips and give your family the gift of a safe holiday home.” “This is easily the busiest time of year, but it’s important to make […]

Holiday Safety: Avoid these Holiday Decorating Mistakes

Some GREAT tips from Safe Kids USA: If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes: Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them. Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach. Natural trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. Never leave a lit tree or other decorative lighting display unattended. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug. Do not burn tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.   Top tips to prevent poisoning this holiday season: Keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended. Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach. Artificial snow can be harmful if inhaled, so use it in a well-vented space. Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

By |November 30th, 2014|Info, Safety|0 Comments

Family Safety: Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

  Family Safety: Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer The winter season is upon us and as we all begin to turn on the heaters in our homes, we should all be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and what you can to do keep your family safe. We go into a lot of homes as a part of our installation service and we are surprised by how many families lack a simple safety feature like a carbon monoxide detector. This is an essential tool in keeping your family safe. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is the law in many states and the single most important thing you can do to protect your family at home from carbon monoxide poisoning. See the carbon monoxide fact sheet at the Center For Disease Control and Prevention website for more on what you can do, symptoms, and how it attacks your body. Be sure to check out their main Carbon Monoxide Poisoning site for a wealth of detailed information regarding the subject.   About Carbon Monoxide What is it? Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. Where is it found? Carbon monoxide is found in many places all around us. Vehicle exhaust, small gasoline engines like those found in portable generators, gas stoves, burning charcoal and wood, gas ranges and heating systems, just to name a few. Carbon monoxide is found in combustion flames and is frequently overlooked as a danger. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. In severe cases,the person may lose consciousness or die. CO poisoning can often be mistaken for […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Info, Safety|0 Comments

Halloween Safety: Tips for Selecting Costumes and Décor

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – As consumers across the country prepare for haunted Halloween fun, CPSC offers tips for selecting and creating safe costumes and home decorations. “The trick to a safe Halloween celebration is to choose wisely from the start,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Make selections with safety in mind. Choose well-fitting costumes flame-resistant materials and the appropriate tools for decorating. The treat is keeping your family safe this holiday.” Last year, more than 3,500 Halloween-related injuries were reported between October and November. Incidents involved burns, lacerations from pumpkin-carving, falls related to ill-fitting costumes, and injuries from collisions due to impaired vision. Pumpkin carving was associated with the most Halloween-related injuries in 2011. Consumers should create a stable base and use the appropriate tools to prevent cuts and lacerations. When selecting a costume, make sure it fits well, does not drag the ground, and is not too large or billowy. To prevent burns, the federal Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) requires costumes sold at retail to be flame resistant. Consumers can create similar protection with homemade costumes by choosing synthetic fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, such as nylon and polyester. Consumers are encouraged to prevent the potential of fires and burns caused by Halloween décor. Opt for flameless, battery-operated lights or glow sticks in jack-o-lanterns and other places where children can gain access. Burning candles should be kept away from combustible décor and places where they can be brushed against or knocked over. CPSC recommends these additional safety tips to help make this year’s holiday safe:   Decorations Outside your home, use flameless candles or keep burning candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps, where trick-or-treaters’ costumes could brush against the flame. Remove […]

By |October 11th, 2014|Recalls|0 Comments

Baby and Family Safety for Smartphones – Pictures pose privacy risks!

Taking pictures and posting them with your Smart Phone can pose a Privacy Risk for you, your family, children and baby.  Although this is an old story, I felt it was worth re-posting as a reminder to us all.  Think before you post! If you use a smartphone to take pictures and post them on line, you may unknowingly be inviting predators into your life.  Please watch the video below from an NBC Action News Station and take the necessary precautions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2vARzvWxwY

By |July 11th, 2014|Info|0 Comments

Texting and Driving-Even without a baby on board. Its dangerous!

Baby Safe Homes would like to share this link: USA TODAY has a great article out reminding us of the dangers of texting and driving. Please don’t text and drive with your baby OR alone! Its just not worth it! Also you want to be a good example for the kids in your car and teenagers that may drive by.  If they see you texting the will think it is OK and that is not safe. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/22/moms-confess-to-risky-driving-even-with-babies-in-the-car/1856381/