June is National Safety Month and that means I always like to take some time to ensure my house and family are ready for the unexpected. With kids out of school and vacations being planned, safety may not be at the top of a family’s mind. But it should be! A few simple precautions can ensure that families are safe at home and on the road. Master Lock, the makers of my very favourite security products, have five tips to help families stay safe this summer.
Once the holidays roll around, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun of creating a wish list of gifts that you dream of receiving. But for a truly enjoyable holiday season, making sure your Holiday Safety Wish List is checked off is a much more important task! Keep your home, possessions and loved ones safe and secure with a few simple holiday tips and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas this year!
Keep candles away from flammable objects and on sturdy surfaces. Ensure small children cannot reach candles you have lit in the house, and never leave candles burning unattended. They’re a beautiful addition to holiday décor, but only when used responsibly.
When setting up the tree, make sure to choose either a fire-retardant artificial tree or a freshly cut real tree. Keep small decorations on higher branches if you have small children in the house to minimize choking hazards. And always choose a wide, steady base! Both children and pets can potentially knock over an unsteady tree. [Read more…]
Your children are the most important part of your life, and keeping them as safe as possible is a constant in any parents’ day-to-day routine. Your house is the place thought to be the safest for your precious bundles, but in fact, homes can be filled with more potential hazards than the outdoors. And a big part of this is due to people often letting their guard down in their own environment. Below are five solutions to consider when childproofing your home.
The material selection of a piece of furniture is important, but is probably not the first thing you think of when childproofing your home. Try to incorporate furniture and wooden toys made from a durable material, such as the rubberwood cots and change tables. Durability should be standard when it comes to kids, so don’t forget this when furniture hunting. Check out sites like Super A-Mart for ideas on the types of fabrics available. [Read more…]
Whether they’re toddlers, mid-size models or teen versions, kids and pools go together like milk and cookies. Regardless of the ages of your kids, you can ensure that everyone stays safe in and around your pool all season long. Read on for common sense tips that will maintain a safe environment for everyone who joins the fun in and around your pool.
Pool Safety Starts Inside
Let’s start with the basics: skin care. Keep a variety of sun block products stocked, such as sensitive skin formulas, lotions, spray-on, water/sweat-proof, etc. Ideally, sun block should be applied at least 10 minutes prior to getting into the water, to allow it to penetrate the skin and fully absorb. If it’s put on too soon, it will already begin breaking down. Remember, the lower the sun protection factor (SPF), the more frequently you’ll need to re-apply.
Sun blocks with an SPF of less than 15 should be reapplied on dry or damp (not dripping wet) skin every hour, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest. For higher SPF formulas, less frequent reapplications (every two hours, for example) are fine, unless you are in the water constantly or sweating profusely, which would pull the sunscreen away from your skin faster. Using a higher SPF formula for the face and top of shoulders is also a great idea. A word about sunscreens: like expired medicines, it’s best to start each new swim season with fresh, maximally effective sunscreen. Check the labels for expiration dates when the weather begins to warm up each year and replace outdated ones. [Read more…]
If there’s one thing that I’m not looking forward to as my boys get older, it’s monitoring their online activity. Making sure our families are safe online is hard work, but it’s so important! My oldest son is quickly approaching an age at which I will have to ensure that he is aware of online dangers and so while I may not look forward to the day, I am prepared for it! And this month, as part of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad, I’ll be sharing my top three tips for keeping your family safe online!