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Disclaimer –  I have a material and/or financial connection because I received a gift, sample of a product and/or compensation for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions stated within are my own.

As a national child safety expert, all too often I am asked to discuss some of the most overlooked hazards in the home.  As the owner of a baby proofing company, Safety Mom Solutions, I see firsthand that one of the greatest issues is clutter.  Exhausted parents will absent-mindedly leave loose coins on night stands, sharp knives on counters and small objects on coffee tables.  The phrase “everything in its place” takes on greater importance when you have young children in the house who will get into potentially hazardous products.

Here are a few storage and organizing tips to keep kids safe and parent’s sane!

–          Avoid distractions when cleaning.  If you’re in the middle of putting away groceries or mopping the kitchen floor, finish up the project and ignore phone calls, if possible.  If your toddler wakes up from a nap, get him/her up and taken care of but immediately finish the task at hand.  A bucket with just a small amount of water or certain foods left on the counter could be hazards to your child.

–          In the nursery, keep items within arm’s reach. Never leave your child unattended on a changing table.  Organize the changing area to have everything you need accessible so that you can keep one hand on your baby while reaching for diapers, wipes, cream and hand sanitizer.  Always put these items back away in a secured cabinet.

–          Store cleaning products on higher shelves in locked cabinets. While kitchens and bathrooms are usually the rooms parents think of when baby proofing, don’t forget about the laundry room.  Single-load liquid laundry packets are a great product for saving time but need to be stored and used properly.  The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) offers some important safety when using, storing and handling single-load liquid laundry packets:

  • Do not let children handle laundry packets
  • Do not puncture or pull packets apart
  • Store out of child’s sight and reach
  • Keep the packet’s package closed and in a dry place
  • Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva so it is necessary to keep them dry

Organization and the proper storage makes life less stressful and provides a safer environment for you and your family.  The American Cleaning Institute is urging people to take a pledge to be the KEY to a safe laundry room and routine.

Keep single-load liquid laundry packets out of reach of children

Educate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of these new laundry products

You service a key role in laundry safety

I am hoping that my home state of Connecticut takes the lead for the most pledges!  You can see how your state is doing at http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/key_pledge_map.aspx.

Every pledge will be entered into a sweepstakes* for a chance to win a $2,500 grand prize to help makeover your laundry room!

***NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends on December 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. and DC, 21 and older. Void where prohibited.  For Official Rules, go to http://www.keypledge.com/Keypledge/TermsConditions.html.  Sponsor:  American Cleaning Institute.

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