3 Unique Ways to Help Ensure Your Preschooler’s Safety

Moms are constantly trying to find ways to keep their little ones safe. Yet, especially with certain kids, it seems like they find new ways of putting themselves in danger faster than you can keep them out of it. If you are the parent of a preschooler, consider these out-of-the-box ways of keeping your little treasures safe from themselves.

Put Your Hand Here

Local Jacksonville business Ten23 Designs has just launched a new product designed to help keep your little one safe in parking lots. Many moms know the trick of telling your little one to put their hand on the car until you can safely take their hand. This hand-shaped self-stick decal that you apply to your car is the perfect reminder and gives your little one their very own special spot to put their hand each and every time.

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Customize Your Home Security Sensors

High quality home security systems give you the option of placing activity sensors where you want throughout your home. While many homeowners will place them on exterior doors and windows, the home with a preschooler should also consider putting activity sensors on medicine cabinets, the entrance to the kitchen, gun cabinets, liquor cabinets and the pool gate. Anything that can provide you with a warning to give you time to save your child from trouble is priceless.

You’re Never Too Young to Know How to Survive in Water

Life in Florida is fantastic in so many ways. However, there is one risk that is higher here than in most other states and that is the risk of accidental drowning. Even if you don’t have a swimming pool, chances are a neighbor or family member has one and it only takes an instant of inattention for a child to find his way into the pool. One of the best investments the parents of small children can make is ISR – Infant Swimming Resource. ISR is a program that teaches children as young as 6 months old how to survive in water.

There are many risks that await your children from the time they become mobile until they move out of the house. Keep an open dialogue with them about safety and do safety drills until you are comfortable that they would know what to do in the case of an emergency. Implement safety strategies like the ones above and help your child stay safe.


3 Tips on Fire Resistant Places To Store Valuables and Paperwork

3 Tips on Fire Resistant Places To Store Valuables and Paperwork

Everyone has valuables and paperwork in their home. Many people keep money at home too. However, doing so means you risk losing such things to fire, should you be the victim of a home fire. This risk is can be minimized by finding the fire resistant locations to store such items.

Invest in a Fireproof Safe

A fireproof safe is a wise investment for any home. Designed to protect important papers, cash and valuables from fire, they are not a deterrent for thieves. In fact a smart burglar will take the entire thing and work on opening it later. For this reason, you should have a good hiding spot for your fireproof safe. Always invest in a waterproof safe, as any safe that survives a fire in your home or business will receive lots of water.

Location, Location, Location

Where you put your waterproof, fireproof safe can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring that you actually protect your valuables and important paperwork. In reality, even fireproof safes can melt if the temperature is high enough. Therefore, you need to give some thought to the placement of the safe.

Keeping your safe on the lowest level of your home is wise.  Fire typically moves upward and if your safe is located on the lowest part of your home, it is more likely to survive a fire. For homes with crawl spaces or basements, this is easy, but for most Floridians, there is no basement. There still may be a part of the house that is lower than the rest. This is an ideal location.

Consider the places in your home that are likely points of origin for a fire: the kitchen, major appliances, heating/cooling systems, overloaded electrical outlets. Be sure to place your safe far from any of these places. By distancing your safe from possible points of origin, you are likely to keep it out of the hottest part of the fire.

Consider the Unusual

Items stored in freezers have a better chance of surviving a fire, especially if that freezer is not in the kitchen where many fires start. Those who have a chest freezer in a garage or another area of the house are wise to package valuables and place them in the freezer. Often amongst the last things to burn in a fire, your valuables are much safer there than in a wall storage area or in many hiding places in your home.

You may also want to consider storing your safe in a hole in your back yard. While there are some risks to this, you will not have to worry about fire. Placing garden furniture over the buried safe will help you remember where it is and avoid accidental uncovering by kids or animals.

While there are many things to think about when it comes to the safety and security of your home, fire is the most irrevocable, consuming risk you face. Take a moment to consider the important papers, items and money in your home and how you can adequately keep them safe.