I am a big believer in making sure the home is as safe and secure as possible. Yes we are all busy, los hijos, el trabajo, etc. etc. But it doesn’t have to take a tremendous amount of time or money to address any issues, and once you do you will have peace of mind knowing you have done everything to keep you family as safe as possible.
June is National Home Safety Month so please read my Fox News Latina article and take a little time to go through your home with this checklist and keep your familia as safe and possible.
Casa Latina’s Home Safety Checklist
By Marlene Pratt Published June 09, 2012 Fox News Latino
June is National Home Safety month so I believe it is the perfect time to assess your home and make sure it is as secure as possible.
The school year is almost over and our children will be spending more time at home. While accidents or injury can occur anytime, there is usually a lot more activity in the summer months when our children are running rampant. So June is a good time to focus on home safety issues. Certain safety hazards are obvious — such as a skateboard left lying at the bottom of the stairs – others are not so easily identifiable — such as the older giant TV monitors that can tilt forward if not fastened correctly.
To keep your family protected, check out our Casa Latina Safety Checklist. Use the checklists to conduct a safety assessment of your home and address issues. With your home’s safety issues addressed you’ll know you’ve done everything you can to protect your family.
Casa Latina Safety Check List
- Post emergency numbers and your address by each telephone
- Make sure inside and outside door handles and locks are easy to operate
- Doors should have lever-action handles instead of round knobs
- All windows should open easily from the inside, but they need to have a secure locking system that can prevent someone from entering from the outside
- Doorways, steps, porches, and walkways should all have good lighting. (the path between the side walk and our front door is part of our home)
- The water heater thermostat should always be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent accidental scalding
- Furniture such as book shelves, tall dressers, armoires and certain refrigerators should be firmly secured with brackets to the walls to prevent tipping
- Painting: If your home was built before 1972 more than likely it was painted with lead-based paint. If you are going to remove the paint yourself make sure to:
- Research lead removal properly before repainting your home
- Wear protective facial mask, because particles are small enough to be inhaled
- Make sure area is well ventilated
- Cover furniture and remove area rugs to prevent dusk particles from settling in or on them
- Have kiddies spend two or three days with grandma depending length of project.
- All medications should be stored in a safe place out of reach of children
- Check walls for loose paint, especially in older homes. If re-painting, do so in a well-ventilated area and consider VOC-free paint.
- All steps inside the home should be in good condition (no loose boards)
- Hallways should be equipped with night-lights. (especially when small children and elderly live in the house)
- Handrails should be checked and securely fastened at least twice a year because they do become loose
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