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Posted by Realty Vision on 11/26/2015

Child-Proofing Your Home. Unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14. That should be enough to make any parent shudder. Child-proofing a new or existing home can be quite the headache, but it's an incredibly neccessary step in making sure your home is safe for all members of your family. Luckily, by following a simple checklist, you can rest easy knowing that you've covered most, if not all of your bases. While there are extra steps that may need to be taken on a house-by-house basis, most of these steps are applicable to just about every kind of residence. Smoke Detectors - While this may seem like an obvious step, you'd be surprised how many people don't follow through with their fire alert system. Low batteries, improper placement, and broken detectors can all spell potential tragedy for you and your family. Pay close attention to the manufacturer's instructions. You should have at least one smoke detector per level of your home, including the basement and attic. One very important step you can take these days is to purchase batteries that are designated for electronic devices. Carbon Monoxide Detectors - These need to be placed near sleeping areas, and at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliances. Anti-Scalding Devices for your faucets - Contact your local plumber to get an estimate. Door Stops and Door Holders - If your home already comes equipped with these, then make sure they are all in good working order. Outlet Covers and Plates - Ensure that covers and plates aren't easily removable. Edge and Corner Bumpers - These come in a variety of styles, and are easily installed on the sharp edges and corners of your home. Pay special attention to the corners in your kitchen, as many child injuries take place here. Safety Latches and Locks - These need to be installed in cabinets that would be accessible at your child's level. These will prevent your child from gaining access to areas that hazardous cleaning materials are stored, like under your sinks. Doorknob Covers and Door Locks - Use these on rooms that aren't child-proofed. If you can prevent unsupervised access to a room, you don't have to worry about keeping it in perfect working order in regard to child proofing. Child Gates - Stair-related accidents can be avoided by implementing a gate system. Pay special attention to the types of gates used.....Pet gates are NOT the same product, and may lack the level of protection needed to ensure proper safety of your child. Childen are resourceful individuals, and can breach many systems that your family pets cannot.





Posted by Realty Vision on 9/10/2015

The one thing that every home should have is a home emergency preparedness kit. It is something you hope you will never have to use but in case of a disaster you will be happy you were prepared. Here are the essentials of a†home emergency preparedness kit.

  • Water: You will need one gallon per person per day for at least three days. Double up if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing.
  • Food: Plan for at least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Make sure to pack protein, fruit, and vegetables and store food in pest-proof containers.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First-aid supplies
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Pack moist towelettes in sealed packets, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. More good options are travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
  • Radio or TV: You will definitely want a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Cash: Have at least $100 in your kit.
As an alternative to making your own kit, you can buy a fully stocked kit†from the†American Red Cross. A kit with a three-day supply of essentials for one adult costs $50 to $70.    







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