While many homeowners love the unique charm and beauty that can only be found in an older home, the truth is that older houses present challenges to keeping everyone safe, especially little ones. For any house where children are being raised, or where they may spend a lot of time, it’s a good idea to take stock of some potential hazards — before they cause a danger to any infant or child. Test for lead Many houses built decades ago may contain lead not only in the paint, but also in the water pipes. You can have both your water and paint tested for lead. If lead is present, speak with a licensed contractor about ways to remove lead safely to protect everyone in your home. Examine windows — including window coverings Older windows can pose a number of risks to young children. Never place furniture such as a cribREAD MORE
Bringing a child into your home means lots of changes as you adjust your lifestyle to accommodate them. While for many parents, new or seasoned, traditional safety measures like baby gates, car seats and cabinet locks come to mind easily, there’s a common safety hazard, sometimes in every room of the house, that many families overlook – window covering cords. Corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The risk? Window covering cords pose a strangulation hazard for infants and children as they can accidentally become entangled. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) urges parents to go cordless with their window coverings, eliminating this safety hazard. To help make the process easier when selecting window coverings, look for the Best for Kids™ label which identifies cordless options. Make sure to update your window coverings in allREAD MORE
The New Year is all about starting things off fresh – and that should include childproofing your home. You may feel like you have everything taken care of but, it’s easy for hazards to change and evolve as time passes without you even registering. Start 2020 off by reading up on the latest safety measures for your child and what can be a potential hazard at their age. As you begin to re-evaluate the safety of your home this New Year, be sure to follow these tips provided by the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC). Go cordless, for your window coverings that is. Ensure that you’re only using cordless window covering products around the house by replacing any corded window blinds, shades and draperies with their safer counterparts, such as those marked with the Best for KidsTM label certification. Your new window coverings should be either cordless or have cordsREAD MORE
Follow these childproofing tips from safety experts and the Window Covering Safety Council.