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Safety checks to protect family
The Enterprise - 8/29/2017
You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?
"The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light," said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert.
Maintain crib safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of children's deaths under the age of one are caused by suffocation. Make sure that, when prepping the nursery, the crib meets safety standards, and avoid loose bedding or soft toys in the crib. After the baby arrives, the infant should sleep alone and be placed on his or her back on a firm surface.
Check your smoke alarms
Smoke alarms help protect your family, but in order to do so the alarms need to be present - and working. Install a working smoke alarm in the nursery and ensure that the rest of the home is properly equipped. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Protect from 'silent killer'
Often dubbed "the silent killer," carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths each year.
Update the escape plan
It is important to plan and practice an escape plan for your home in the event of a fire. According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households has actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. This is even more important with the addition of a new member to your family. As a family, walk through the home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.