Home safety tips for parents

March 14, 2008 6:42:44 PM PDT
Every parent wants to protect her child from harm, but do you know where potential dangers are in your own home? Our Nick Smith found a fun way to teach kids about safety, and be was at the Great Safety Adventure exhibit in Livermore.

The Great Safety Adventure is making more stops in the Bay Area:

    March 15, 2008
    10AM - 4PM
    Lowe's Store
    4255 First Street
    Livermore, CA 94551
    Phone: (925) 245-2440

    March 22, 2008
    10AM - 4PM
    Lowe's Store
    3750 Dublin Boulevard
    Dublin, CA 94568
    Phone: (925) 241-3082

Ten Tips to a Safer Home:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  2. Develop a fire escape plan for your family that identifies two exits out of every room and designates where to meet outside. Practice makes perfect - hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.
  3. Always stay in the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove.
  4. Keep all stairways, paths and walkways well lit.
  5. Install grab bars in bath and shower stalls, and use a non-slip mat or adhesive safety strips inside bathtubs and showers.
  6. Post emergency numbers including the National Poison Control Hotline number (1-800-222-1222) next to every phone in your home.
  7. Install child locks on all cabinets used to store potentially dangerous items.
  8. Keep your water heater setting at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
  9. Install four-sided fencing with self-locking and self-closing gates. Fencing should completely isolate the pool from the home and be least five feet high.
  10. Constantly supervise children in or near water such as pools, ponds, bathtubs and buckets.

About the Great Safety Adventure:
The Great Safety Adventure was created and launched in 1999 by the national nonprofit Home Safety Council in an effort to reduce the toll of home injuries, which result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Lowe's is the founding sponsor of the Home Safety Council and proud supporter of The Great Safety Adventure. Funded through grants from the Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation, the award-winning "field trip on wheels" is celebrating its tenth year on the road and has directly reached more than one million children and parents with hands-on home safety messages since it launched. Currently, there are two exhibits traveling across the country making stops in more than 50 towns.