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Now that appears spring is finally here, I’m itching to start throwing the windows open and doing a big spring cleaning. Along with cleaning, it’s a great time to do a bit of a home safety check-up. Here are a few “do-it-yourself” tips for making your home safe for the entire family.
Test your home for lead poisoning – Lead poisoning affects more than 434,000 children under the age of 6, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but recent research suggests that five times that many — 10 percent of all young children — may actually be in danger. Most people assume that lead is only in paint chips in older homes but that’s not the case. Any windows or doors that were once painted with lead-based paint can put of dust particles every time they’re opened which can then leach on to toys, furniture and carpets. What’s more, lead that’s on outdoor playsets and wooden furniture can also leach into the soil and be tracked in on shoes.
Falls are the leading cause of accidents in the home – This is true for toddlers, seniors and everyone else. Make sure staircases both inside and outside are well lit. If necessary, install motion sensor lights. Grab bars in the tub aren’t just for the elderly. Falls in the tub are the leading cause of injuries in the bathroom for toddlers. Every year, children die falling out of windows. Install stops or wedges to prevent them from being open more than 4”
Monitor your doors and windows – Toddlers, autistic children and seniors with Alzheimer’s all have the tendency to wander out of the home. Whether it’s to alert a caretaker of a family member leaving the house or to prevent an intruder from entering, it’s critical to have sensors on all of your doors and windows which will emit a sound if they are open.
Be prepared for fire – When choosing a fire extinguisher, you must consider the room for which it may have to be used. There is a color-coded box on each fire extinguisher identifying which classes of fire it can be used for, and the type of fire extinguishing agent it contains. Be sure that all of your smoke detectors are connected so that if one goes off they all will.