September is National Baby Safety Month, and whether you’re expecting your first baby or you already are a “veteran” parent, now’s the perfect time to take a look around your house to make sure it’s as safe as it can be!
Along with some of the “basics,” such as installing electrical outlet covers, cabinet latches and gates, there are some other things to consider that might not be as obvious.
• Topple-over accidents have increased by 46 percent over the past several years. Be sure that all heavy furniture is secured to the wall using furniture straps, corner braces or L Brackets.
• Be sure that your water heater is set to 110°F or, if you don’t have access to your heater, install a scald protector on your faucet.
• Move all cords away from the crib to avoid strangulation hazards.
Be prepared for any emergency as well. Keep a well-stocked First Aid kit in your home, and most importantly, be sure that you are certified in CPR and First Aid. Post emergency numbers on your refrigerator and create an emergency evacuation plan. Install smoke and CO detectors outside every bedroom and on every floor of your home, and check them every month to be sure they are in good working order.
A great way to get some additional safety tips and have some fun with your kids is to visit your local Lowe’s store on Saturday, September 25, for Safety Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In conjunction with the Home Safety Council, Lowes is hosting these events at every store location. Local safety experts will be available at the Lowe’s stores to answer your safety questions and provide informational material.
Additionally, there will be a Build and Grow clinic where children will build a FREE, wooden fire truck they can take home. The kids also receive a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch and a certification of merit upon completion of their project! This is a great, free, family activity and an excellent way to promote home safety and build confidence.
You can get more details and sign up HERE.