Category Archives: Child Safety

How to Childproof Your Window Treatments

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there has been a recorded number of 160 plus children since 1991 who have died from window treatment cord strangulation. Because of these unnecessary deaths, the window treatment industry has had a complete overhaul with the way they create their products. Nowadays, window treatments are not only safer but child-friendly as well. However, this does not necessarily mean that your child will really be safe around your home’s window treatments.

Listed below are some of the ways that you can childproof your window treatments even more.

Beds, Cribs, and Furniture Away from Windows

You may want your child to enjoy a more natural light, but this doesn’t mean that you have to place his bed or crib near the windows. In fact, this is a big no-no since he can easily get caught in the window treatment cords.

Children are naturally curious. If they see something that caught their attention, they will not stop until they have the object in their hands. Now, if they think that the window treatment cord is worth investigating, then what’s stopping them from reaching over their cribs and grabbing the cord? Not only can this result to getting strangled by the dangling cords, but this can also result to falling off the crib, causing injuries.

You should also keep furniture away from windows like chairs and toy trunks. Curious children can always climb on top of these things to grab the cord. If they lose their balance, they could not only fall but also get tangled up in the cords.

Cords Away from Children’s Reach

You should never let window treatment cords simply hang down where the child could easily reach it. Instead, place them on the installed hooks, which are also called cleats. Make sure that the cleats are nowhere near your child’s reach though, and make sure, too, that you do not wrap the cord around the hooks. Not only can this twist the cords, but this can also cause them to become caught or tangled up in the headrail, resulting to uneven length of the shades.

If you want a more child-friendly window treatment, then you should replace all old window treatments with cordless shades and blinds. Not only is it child-friendly, but it is also safer as well. You can also cut the pull cord, which is located above the end tassel, from your old window blinds or shades. The end tassel is the little item that looks very similar to a thimble. Now, if there is an equalizer buckle, then you need to remove it and simply tie a knot at the end of each cord to create new tassels. This way, there will be no loops where your child could get tangled up in.

Child-Friendly Window Treatment Options

Here are some examples of popular child-friendly window treatments that you can choose from:

  • Motorized window treatments. With this type, you definitely have no cords to worry about since you can simply adjust the shade with a simple touch of a button.
  • Cordless window treatments. As the name implies, it also has no cords but you can simply adjust the shade through a hidden control system.

Jennifer Dalrymple is an article writer for Stoneside Blinds and Shades. This company is known for its trendy yet high quality window treatments.

Tips on How to Drive Safely with your Children in the Car

Driving with your kids in the car can sometimes be distracting what with the noise that they can create plus the constant questions, mostly involving “are we there yet?”  There are a few tips and hints you can take, and these are especially relevant for parents who are planning on a long road trip or driving vacation this year.  Read on for our short guide on how to drive safely with your children in the car.

Prepare Your Journey in Advance

If your car journey is going to be a long one and you will be driving long distances then make sure you plan the drive ahead.  Examining a map before you drive so you know the roads and routes you will be taking is essential.  Driving with kids in the car can lead to a lack of concentration so by at least knowing your route you should be one step ahead.

If you own a Garmin Nuvi GPS then that should take the issue of needing a map away.  However, that’s not to say this won’t come with its difficulties.  Make sure that the GPS is fully up to date with Garmin map updates, meaning you will have the freshest routes available – so with any luck you reduce the chances of getting lost.  Garmin also do free Garmin GPS map updates if you have not owned the Nuvi for too long so it’s worth checking their website to see if you can download for free.

Take Plenty of Snacks and Drinks

There’s nothing worse than having a grumpy and miserable child in the back of the car who is hungry and thirsty.  Why not make them a small packed lunch with a few treats in?  This is a great tip, especially if you are going to be in the car for longer than three hours – just make sure you also manage to plan effective toilets breaks when you see the opportunity.

Charge Your Cell Phone and Mobile Before Driving

Breaking down with children in the car is a nightmare scenario so charge the battery on your cell phone before you drive so that you are able to phone for help when needed – and of course make sure you have adequate break down cover, or at the least some useful phone numbers to hand.  It is worth taking an in-car phone charger with you if you own one.

Lastly, give the car a quick oil and water check before leaving the house as this will further reduce the chances of the car not working or breaking down whilst on the road.  If you don’t know how to do this then go to your local garage before you drive and ask them to do it.  It should take them no longer than ten minutes for a very small charge.

About the Author: Court Holhness is one of the team behind the GPS Bites website.  On the site you can get all the latest information and news on the GPS industry including information on how to update your Garmin maps to help you drive safer, as was described in this article.  Please check out GPSBites.com as way of thanks.

Protect Kids While Respecting Privacy Using BlackBerry Spy Software

BlackBerry Spy Software is the perfect tools for parents looking to safeguard their children’s interests in a world filled with potential threats.  Just like other security measures though, parents should wield the power of cell phone spy applications carefully with the respect of their kids’ privacy in mind. Because although BlackBerry Spy Software can certainly help monitor and protect children, you could damage their trust by unnecessarily using the monitoring tool to invade their privacy.  Here are a few simple suggestions on striking the balance between using cell phone spy applications to keep children safe and respecting their privacy.

1.      Only Check Location When Child with New Friends or New Situation

BlackBerry Spy Software and similar monitoring platforms are equipped to spot-check smart phone location.  This cell phone spy tool should be used sparingly and only in specific situations, including: When your child is out with someone that you do not know or have never met; When they are not answering their cell phone; And in any new situation like going to camp, starting a new job, etc.   Otherwise, BlackBerry Spy Software also allows you to view historical movements which can be quickly reviewed at the end of the day so parents can stay informed without needlessly spot-checking location.

2.      Skim Communications Logs Instead of Reading Them

Because BlackBerry Spy Software records your children’s pictures, chats, texts and videos, you have the option of reading them in full detail.  But not only is this time consuming and an inefficient use of the cell phone spy application, it truly is an unnecessary breach of privacy.  Therefore, briefly skim the communications logs for strangers or people you have reason to suspect may be a bad influence on your child. If you notice a concern, review the specific communications in detail.

3.      Don’t Listen to Calls Until Reviewing Contact Details

Listening to every single phone call captured by BlackBerry Spy Software is simply impossible for most of us.  But, it is our job as parents to protect our children so this may mean listening to calls captured by cell phone spy applications from time to time.  Before listening to any call captured by the BlackBerry Spy Software, first review the Call Details log each day and if you see any unknown or questionable people, take the time to review the phone call.

4.      How to Use “Live Listen” Mode on Your Cell Phone Spy Software

Like the other applications on your BlackBerry Spy Software, the Live Listen mode should only be used sparingly. This cell phone spy technology allows you to activate a microphone and then listen live to everything that is going on around the phone.  Ideally, you would only engage this BlackBerry Spy Software feature when your children weren’t responding or if you thought they were in a potentially compromising or dangerous situation.

Jane Andrew is the author of mobile phone spy and blackberry spy software technology. She provides tips, tricks and news about mobile apps. You can also follow her on Twitter @mobistealth to get the latest tips about cell phone technology.

Child Safety Restraints and You

Child Safety Seats can be difficult to install, impossible to fasten, and confusing to understand. They often get used improperly, which can lead to tragedy. While child safety seats are shown to decrease the risk of childhood injury and death by a good percentage, studies have shown that nearly 70% of children are being transported in child safety seats which are being completely misused. Here are some tips to ensure that you child is as safe as possible when riding in a vehicle. Remember, you can also ask for help from you pediatrician if you don’t know how to properly install the car seat or booster seat you own.

First, determine which way the seat should face. If your child is in either an rear-facing infant safety seat or a front facing toddler safety seat, he/she should have both straps snugly over his shoulders, with the upper restraint clasp level with his armpits or chest. Always ensure that the strap level is adjusted properly in the back, so that it is even with the shoulders and not below them. The lower restraint clasp should then be pressed in until it clicks, fitting the lap belt together snugly, with enough room to slip two fingers in comfortably.

If your child is in a booster seat, he/she should be seated so that the lap belt rests over her thighs, not across his/her delicate belly. The shoulder belt should be fastened in such a way that it rests neither too low on the shoulders or up high on the neck. It should be placed square over the shoulder joint. Many booster seats come with apparatus’ which ensure these belts are placed in the proper position. They can be a challenge to learn how to use at first, but the challenge is well worth the security of knowing your child safety seat is being used in an effective manner.

Please note that it’s never a good idea to purchase a used car seat, as each car seat is issued an expiry date, and parts break down over time and with use. You’ll also need to always be on the lookout to see if there have been any safety recalls on your particular car seat model, as these can indicate serious issues with parts and manufacturing.

Many independent insurance companies and institutes offer comprehensive guides and testing regarding the best booster seats and child safety restraints available on the market. Be sure to speak to your independent broker if you have any questions regarding the proper safety restraints that you need to have for your children, as well as the best coverage for your family situation. All the safety restraints in the world won’t protect your family if you’re in a motor vehicle accident without the proper insurance coverage to take care of you.

This guest post is from CarInsuranceQuotes.net, where you can go to learn more about safety and purchase car insurance to protect your growing family.

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Keeping Your Child’s Safety This Summer

Summer is a great holiday time for basking at the beach, savoring the sun at picnics or simply soaking in the pool to escape the heat.

When you and your family enjoy a day out on the beach, or just out in the backyard’s inflatable pool, do not take safety measures for granted. Remember: keeping watch at the pool and choosing a patrolled beach could save a life – your child’s.

At the pool
• Supervising means watching, not looking up from a book occasionally.
• Backyard pools are the biggest risk (but do not forget fish ponds, deep buckers and bathtubs).
• Drowning is often silent. You will not always hear a cry or a splash.
• Stay close – if you are not within arm’s reach, you are too far away.
• Learn basic first aid. Know how to resuscitate.

At home
• Keep the fence around the pool repaired.
• Lock the gate.
• Do not leave things next to the fence so a child can climb over.
• Go into the pool with your child to help them get used to water.

At the beach
• Swim at a patrolled beach where life guards are on duty.
• Ask the lifeguard which areas are safe. They can help you spot rips and side currents.

When in trouble
• Do not panic, signal for assistance by floating and waving one arm.
• If at home, call 911 immediately for emergency assistance.

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