We all want to be safe, secure, healthy and strong – the easiest way to stay that way is to live in a home where we feel the safest – HOME. Simple, easy steps can make your home the safest place you’ll visit all day:
- Use approved safety gates when the grandkids come to visit
- Keep the grandkids strapped into highchairs or strollers
- Install window guards to prevent falls
- Actively supervise children in the bath
- When the bath is over – drain the tub — IMMEDIATELY
- If you have a pool, install a 4′ fence
- Store poisons out of sight and reach
- Keep all products in their original containers
- Install smoke alarms and make sure that batteries are tested every six months
- Practice a home evacuation with children
- Keep all towels and oven mitts away from the stovetop
- Blow all candles out when you leave or go to bed
- Don’t hold a child, while cooking (and use the back burners)
- Put all your pill boxes and medication out of reach and sight
- Make sure any top-heavy furniture is strapped to the wall
- Make sure babies sleep on their backs and in their own beds
- Avoid using soft bedding or stuffed animals
In closing, realize that over 2,200 children die, each year, in injuries that happen in the home. Make sure that you keep those precious blessings very safe, when they come to visit. PS….take lots of pictures to savor and remember every moment, won’t you?
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.