This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.From the moment I laid my eyes on my baby girl, I had an overwhelming urge to protect her and keep her safe. But the world seemed like such a scary place. How could I protect her every moment of every day? I was a new mom and unsure of myself! I remember looking at the nurses, and wondering if they really were going to let me leave the hospital and be 100% responsible for this amazing little person I had just given birth to.
I think those feelings are fairly common to new moms. Even as a fairly weathered mom now, I am reading about and learning new things that will help keep my children safe.
One resource I found to be extremely helpful is Nationwide and Safe Kids. They have put together a checklist that identifies give critical safety areas that parents should watch out for.
Make sure to secure televisions and furniture to walls using mounts, brackets, braces and/or wall straps to prevent them from tipping over on small children.
Whether you’re by the ocean, the pool, a bath or hot tub, be attentive to any children near by. Teach children that an adult should always be present if they’re playing near water.
Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Make sure you have a fire and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home. Be sure to place them near sleeping areas and test them monthly, and replace batteries annually.
Be Prepared with a Fire Escape Plan
It is practiced in work environments, but is definitely necessary at home! If a fire starts, where can you exit your home in 2 minutes or less? Make a plan, and practice it with your family at least twice a year.
Prevent Accidental Poisonings
Make sure household cleaners, such as detergents, dishwasher liquid, cleaning solutions, laundry packets and bleach are kept in their original containers, and out of the reach of children, to prevent accidental poisonings.
I downloaded the Make Safe happen app to grab some great checklists to turn my children’s safety into actionable items. I was able to identify 5 safety actions that I could implement at home to keep my children safer. I encourage you to check out the app and create your own specific My High 5 child safety checklist!
Safe Kids Day is a day for communities to come together to raise awareness about #MyHigh5 and how to keep children safe. Visit SafeKids.org to find out when your community is conducting Safe Kids Day!
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