8 Safety Items You Need in Your House

If you have a Judd Builders home, you already know our homes and communities are safe and secure! However, sometimes there are other events that take place in or around your home that you can’t control. From power outages to severe weather to a simple cut or sprain, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Stay on top of emergencies with these helpful safety items that you should have in your household!

First Aid Kit
This item is a given. Many households already have first aid kits, but if you don’t you should get one right away. Not only is it stocked with first-aid essentials, but the mere presence of it will make everyone feel at ease. If you plan on making your own first aid kit you should have these items:

  • First aid manual
  • Band aids
  • Peroxide
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Benadryl
  • Cotton ball/swabs
  • Ibuprofen
  • Latex gloves
  • Ace bandage
  • Scissors

Fire Extinguisher
Every household should have a fire extinguisher. Even if you are the most conscious cook in the kitchen, there is always a slight chance for a small kitchen fire. Take extra precaution and buy a fire extinguisher and store it away in your kitchen.

Carbon Monoxide Detector
Install carbon monoxide detectors in every area your family sleeps and on every floor. These alarms detect carbon monoxide, which is a dangerous invisible gas that is known as the invisible killer. Just like fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors will give you and you family peace of mind.

Power Outage Essentials
Whether the power outage is from a severe storm or weather, make sure to have power outage essentials around the house. Flashlights, batteries, candles, food, water, and a radio are all items you should have in case of an outage. For best practice, keep them all in one place so they are easy to find.

Night Lights
This might be the oddest item on this list, but night-lights are a great safety item to have around the house, especially in dark hallways. Many people tend to fall at night when they can’t see, causing small injuries. So plug in a decorative night-light and make the journey down the hall easier for your family, friends, and houseguests.

Fire Ladder
If you have a multiple-story home, you’ll want to have a fire ladder on the second floor in case of a major emergency. Having multiple escape routes is the best way to keep your family safe during emergencies. Store it in an easy, accessible area and make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.

Safe or Firebox
If you think you don’t need a safe or firebox, think again! Both of these items will protect any valuables or important papers. Still don’t think you have anything of importance to store in a safe or firebox? Store things like the deed to your house, birth certificates, social security cards, etc. anything that would be rather hard to replace.

Emergency Numbers/Plans
Make a list of emergency phone numbers and put it somewhere where everyone can see it. This will be a handy tool in case your family or babysitter needs to make an emergency call. Include the numbers of:

  • Doctors/pediatricians
  • Neighbors
  • 911
  • Family members
  • Poison Control
  • Your contact information

Also, make sure to set up and go over emergency plans with your family. Don’t let you and your family be unprepared. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

10 Baby-proofing Tips to Keep Your Home Baby-Friendly

Whether your family has a new arrival on the way or you’re babysitting a small visitor for the day here are 10 easy baby-proofing tips to make your home baby-friendly!

1. Plug Electrical Outlets
Keep little ones from sticking their fingers near electrical outlets by plugging up them with plastic outlet covers. Or if you prefer a safer option, you can replace your current electrical plates with spring-loaded outlet covers. You can even arrange furniture in front of outlets to diminish the little one’s temptation to stick his or her finger in those dangerous holes in the wall.

2. Barricade the Stairs
Stairs can be very dangerous for babies that can crawl or walk. Install baby gates at the top of staircases to prevent your mobile baby from tumbling down them. If you want to be extra pre-cautious, you can even put baby gates at the bottom of a staircase to prevent babies from climbing up stairs as well.

3. Relocate Plants and Planters
Move any houseplants up high or in an off-limits room to keep little ones from nibbling on those tasty looking plants. Even though most houseplants are harmless, some are poisonous when eaten. Just relocate plants for the time being until your baby is old enough to understand they shouldn’t eat plants.

4. Stabilize Your Furniture
Babies use furniture for support when they are learning to walk. To keep your little one safe, stabilize heavy pieces of furniture from toppling over with furniture straps or brackets.

5. Lock Up Your Cabinets
Keep you baby out of places they shouldn’t be with cabinet locks. Once babies are mobile they will show their amazing ability to open drawers and cabinets. To keep them from emptying your cabinets use cabinet locks to your advantage.

6. Lock Up Hazardous Products
Along with keeping your little one out of the cabinets you’ll want to keep them away from hazardous products as well. Relocate all these items to out of reach areas to keep your baby safe. Or if you can’t move these items secure them in a locked cabinet.

7. Cover Up Cords
Cords are a serious danger to babies. Babies can get tangled up in them and choke or even chew on them and get hurt. It’s best to remove or cover up any electrical cords that are in your baby’s reach. The same goes for hanging mobiles above their cribs. If you little one can sit up it’s time to remove the mobile.

8. Ban Small Toys
If you have an older child you might want to teach them to keep their small toys away from the baby. These toys can become choking hazards, so ban them to one off-limit space.

9. Soften Sharp Edges
If a little one is beginning to walk or use furniture to pull themselves up, you’ll want to go around the house and soften any sharp edges on furniture. Apply stick-on, removable corner cushions to prevent any bumps or bruises.

10. Baby-proof Yourself
Don’t forget to baby-proof yourself while taking care of a little one. Babies go through a grabby phase, so anything in his or her reach is fair game. You’ll have to change your habits for a little while, but it will keep your baby safe while they outgrow the grabby phase. Set glasses, dinner plates, silverware, and cell phones far back on counters and tables. Don’t wear dangly earrings or necklaces. Just make sure to keep things out of their reach so they don’t end up hurting themselves or you!

For more tips and tricks on how to baby-proof your home, click here. Or if you want a more in depth checklist on things to baby-proof around the house click here.