The first official day of Summer (June 21) is right around the corner which means that the kids will be in the house much more than usual. Make sure your home is ready for them by doing a safety survey of each room, including the laundry room. Here are some important safety reminders that you should check through before school lets out:

  • Locked Cabinets: Are all your hazardous materials behind locked cabinets? This includes your detergent, bleach and softener in your laundry room.
  • Smoke Detectors: Are your smoke detectors working? Do they have fully charged batteries in them? Do your children know the sound they make and what to do if they go off?
  • First Aid Kit: Is your kit accessible to all family members? Do you have several of them around the house to ensure easy access in time of need?
  • Fire Extinguisher: Is your fire extinguisher unwrapped and out of the box? Do you have one in the kitchen along with every other floor of your home within reach in case of emergency? Do you know how to use it? Do you have one in the garage or near your BBQ?
  • Escape Plan: Do your children know what to do in case of a fire? burglary? natural disaster? Do you have a to-go bag? Personal note: My next door neighbor’s had a tree fall on their house during Hurricane Sandy and they had a to-go bag already packed in case of emergency filled with everything their baby needed. It made it very easy for them to get to my house in the middle of the storm. No messing around.
  • Fenced-In Pool: Do you have a pool? It is critical that you have it fenced off and not easily accessible to your children.
  • Teach Children How To Dial 911: We all like to think that there will never be a time when we lose control of a situation. But just in case, children should know how to dial 911 and get help. A parent could fall ill, get injured or need immediate attention and be unable to help themselves and their family.
  • Childproof Caps: Do your medicine bottles have childproof caps on them? Make sure you ask for this while at the pharmacy.

Visit www.homemadesimple.com/safehome for more important tips.
* I am part of the P&G Safe Home Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.

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