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Published on December 10, 2010

What's Your New Year's Resolution?

December 10, 2010

Maybe you want to lose weight or learn a new activity. Those are great resolutions.  But, there’s another resolution you don’t want to neglect this year, and that’s the safety of your home and family. Whatever you resolve to do, be sure to put safety at the top of the list.

Valley West offers the following tips to keep you and your family safe 12 months a year — you can start by doing a few simple things every month. Making a commitment to safety can make a huge difference in protecting your loved ones from hazards in and around the home.

Keep a copy of this information on your refrigerator for a year-round safety reminder.

January: Home Heating/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety. Have your heating system and chimneys professionally checked every year. Install a CO alarm in your home.

February: Burn Awareness. Store flammable liquids in containers with child-resistant caps.

March: Poison Prevention. Use containers with child-resistant caps for your medicines and household chemicals. Keep them out of reach and out of sight of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.

April: Helmet Safety. From bikes to scooters to ATVs, make sure you and your kids have the right helmet and know the safety rules. 

May: Electrical Safety. Inspect cords for excessive wear before plugging them in, and don’t use cords that have been damaged. Insert plastic safety caps into unused outlets within reach of young children.

June: Drowning Prevention. If you have a pool or spa, make sure to have layers of protection (fences or other barriers, alarms, covers, etc.). Also, eliminate drowning hazards by emptying portable pools and buckets when not in use.

July: Fireworks Safety. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers can cause serious burns to children.

August: Back to School Safety. Make sure children go to school with clothes that do not have drawstrings and with supplies that are non-toxic.

September: Baby Safety. Check your baby’s sleeping area: remove all pillows; inspect cribs for instability or missing/broken parts; do not add extra padding or mattresses to play yards; and make sure children do not have access to the cords of blinds and shades. 

October: Fire Safety. Have smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside of sleeping areas and on each floor, and make sure they have fresh batteries. Prepare and practice family fire drills. 

November: Toy Shopping Safety. Shop with safety in mind: buy age appropriate toys and learn about recalled products. 

December: Holiday Decorating Safety. Keep your tree fresh by watering daily, and check lights for exposed, frayed or discolored wires. Extinguish candles when you leave the room and keep them away from combustible materials. 

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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