This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
3 Things Every Parent Should Know to Keep Their Kids Safe
We do everything we can to keep our children safe, but often there are things every parent should know that we might be overlooking. Nationwide and their Make Safe Happen program are celebrating this year’s Safe Kids Day.
Make Sure You Secure Heavy Furniture
A month before my first child was born we ran through our little checklist to make sure we did everything we needed to. The final thing we did was making sure our bookshelf, dressers, TV stand, and DVD shelves were secured to the wall.
Taking this step was easy. Furniture tipping over on children is very common and it’s part of the over 9,000 accidental injuries that lead to ER visit. By attaching brackets and wall mounts you can prevent this tragedy. One of the first things that I tell new parents to make sure they take this action. It’s often an afterthought when they are babies but before you know it kids start crawling around and climbing.
Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
We are all so familiar with making sure we have smoke alarms installed. Testing them monthly is important but there is also another alarm that you may be forgetting the carbon monoxide alarm.
Making sure these are installed on every level of your house and the batteries are replaced annually. I just replace the batteries in all of ours and I keep track in my planner to remind myself. You can always make a simple magnet on printable paper and tape it on a magnet on the fridge to keep track as well.
Join Your Local Safe Kids Day
Have you heard of Safe Kids Day? Nationwide is expanding on Make Safe Happen and holding local Safe Kids Day events. Attend a local event to learn how to prevent accidents and celebrate kids with your community.
I am so happy to have so many little ones I know entering school, this day provides a way for me to meet new parents. Having more friends for my kids is important and it’s great to have a day to interact with other adults.
Making sure that we have put proper steps in place to prevent accidents is a duty we have as parents. I am taking these three steps to keeps my kids safe.
Are you attending your local Safe Kids Day event?