National Child Safety and Protection Month

Here are five helpful electrical and fire safety tips for keeping your home safe for your kids.

As a parent, you know all too well that there are a million things your child could get into. The phrases, “Don’t put that in your mouth!” and “Don’t touch that!” have probably been uttered a hundred times just this past week. As scary and exhausting as it can be, we know you are doing your best!

That's why this Child Safety and Protection Month, we wanted to give you a break from all the stress of "Could I be doing more?" to provide you with some helpful child safety tips for your home to keep your kiddos living and playing safely in your home. The less you have to worry about your children’s safety, the more time you can enjoy being with them!

  1. This is a simple one, but start with keeping your outlets covered. Watch for any exposed outlets or overloaded plugs. Self-closing covers and plug-in caps are an inexpensive solution that can keep your kids from putting unwanted items in the sockets, preventing them from getting shocked or starting a fire! 
  2. While you're busy covering those outlets, go ahead and push all your electrical cords up against the walls and behind furniture. It's easy for people to trip over long cables or wires in walkways, especially in areas where your children are running around playing or if you are a particularly clumsy adult. Keeping your space clean will allow your children (and you!) to play safely.
  3. Since the weather has cooled down, you've probably pulled out your space heater. While they can be significant cost-savers for your utilities, if you aren't careful, those heaters could cost you your home. Make sure you keep them at least three inches away from anything that could burn -- think curtains or bedding. Also, don't forget you should always turn off space heaters while you sleep or if you leave the room. 
  4. While you're taking steps to prevent fire hazards -- check your smoke alarms to make sure the batteries aren't outdated or corroded. There needs to be a smoke detector on every level of your home and, most importantly, in each bedroom! While you’re checking on the batteries, take this opportunity to remind your kids what to do if they do hear the alarm go off or if they see a fire in your home. Establish a fire escape plan if you don't already have one in place. Having a plan will ensure that your kids can stay safe in the case of an emergency! For more fire safety tips, check out our blog post on fire prevention.
  5. If you have an older home, it could have outdated wiring. While this isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, it could be if left unchecked. If your lights tend to flicker or your outlets are warm, call an electrician ASAP! Faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires. One more reason to make sure your fire escape plan is up to date. 

Are you looking for more ways to keep your family safe at home? Have a Hiller technician inspect your home for any other electrical, heating and cooling, or plumbing hazards. Contact us today at 844-MYHILLER and stay connected with more happy home tips online.

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