Thanks Tide PODS & Gain flings for sponsoring this post. However, all thoughts and opinions about their fabulousness are my own.
There’s nothing worse than having a tragic accident in your own home, especially when it’s a result of something that could have been prevented. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This why Tide PODS & Gain flings have partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide to develop tips on how to keep your home safe.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, which unfortunately is the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of a preventable injury each year. Yes, one million, from something that could have been prevented. It is for this reason that Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 25 countries to reduce these incidents. Thankfully, since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. A statistic to be proud of for sure. And Tide PODS & Gain flings hope to continue that trend by working together to do more for kids everywhere via the Arriba y Lejos (Up, Up, and Away) campaign.
Of main concern are the increasing popularity of liquid laundry pacs, which are concentrated, single-dose packets designed to dissolve in water. Unfortunately, that means that they can easily dissolve in wet hands and mouths, which can lead to a significant health risk. And we all know how curious children are about everything, tasting and feeling their way through their development.
It’s for this reason that I’m partnering with Tide and Gain to bring you tips on how to keep your home safe. Although we know that children need constant supervision – heck, even our furbabies (pets) could be at risk – safe proofing your home helps reduce the incidents of preventable injuries. And that’s what we all want right?
Thankfully prevention is key in keeping our kids safe, as is knowing what to do in case of an emergency. Here are a few examples of things you can do right now to keep your home safe:
- Add child proof locks to all items that can be opened (doors, cabinets, toilets, etc.);
- add corner cushions to sharp edges;
- remove anything that’s sharp, breakable, flammable, or could be a choking hazard;
- store your laundry pacs as you store your household cleaning products – in their original containers, sealed, out of the sight and reach of children, locked, Arriba y Lejos (Up, Up, and Away) – as indicated by this campaign;
- and always have the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222), along with the number of your child(ren)’s pediatrician on hand, just in case your little explorer(s) happen to get into something they shouldn’t have.
I consider myself lucky to have found a home with laundry space in the garage, away from the common living area, with storage cabinets above the washer and dryer. However, whether you have a similar set up at home, have it placed inside the house, or have to go out to do your laundry, please consider storing or creating storage for your laundry pacs and other household cleaning products that is Arriba y Lejos (Up, Up, and Away).
Stay safe friends!
What other tips do you have for keeping your home safe?
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I have one drawer in the kitchen that is my son’s. Now that he’s mobile he naturally wants to explore the kitchen. All the other drawers are hands-off but I have one that is accessible to him. I keep safe things in there: safe plastic utensils, his bowls and cups, empty boxes and containers. He loves going in there and I dont have to deal with a tantrum by not letting him explore when he feels like it.
Such a great idea Liz, because you’re right, what mobile child doesn’t love to open kitchen drawers and take everything out to explore. I love it! Thanks for sharing!! 😀
Great tips, Rocio! Keeping the kids safe is so important and now that I have a baby at home, I really appreciate tips about how to prevent childhood injury.
Yes Elba, kids need constant supervision, but if we do our part, we can take a little breathing break every now and then 😉 Happy you stopped by, have a great day!
This is full of a lot of great info. I’ll admit I get nervous using the packs for my laundry machine and dishwasher, but I have a lock on the cabinet for them.
Yes, those pacs pack their punch in cleaning so of course we want to keep them around, but realizing that they need to be kept from children is an important reminder. Happy you’ve already mastered the locked cabinet concept. 😀
Thank you for sharing these tips!! My daughter is almost 18 and I haven’t had to worry about these things for a while, but with my nieces and nephews coming to visit, I need to be safe!
I’m right there with you Jenn. Just a little reminder here and there to view things in our home via kid eyes help prevent any future tragedies. Glad you stopped in. Have a great one!
This is a good campaign to make parents aware. Safe Kids Worldwide is doing an amazing thing with their work to protect children!
I agree and happy to have been a part of helping to get the word out. Thanks for stopping by 😀
These are amazing tips!! It has always shocked me what my cats have been able to get into.
As a furbaby mamma, I totally know what you mean. Just as our pets have curious noses, kids have curious eye and hands so doing our part to keep them safe is key. 😀
I honestly never understood what the “fuss” was about with these laundry packs. Parents need to to there part with educating their kids on what is safe and what is not. As well as proper storage of cleaners in their house which includes laundry soap.
The key to everything is prevention and if we don’t make an effort to see things from a kid’s point of view every now and again we can easily miss things, but happy to hear you’ve got proper storage down in your home. 😀