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Fall Safety Tips for Kids

We wrap up our child safety week with some fall and winter tips on keeping the kids safe throughout the colder seasons. Another Champaign autumn brings about cooler temperatures and shorter days, ensuring the kids are inside the home for longer periods of time. Indoor heating components, holiday decorating and restless, rambunctious little ones can make for a hazardous combination. We’ve compiled several pertinent tips from childcare experts and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) to consider as we move forward into the fall.

Kid-Free Zones – Some homes have central air also have additional heating options including fireplaces and space heaters. Older homes that have certain rooms or areas that are more difficult to heat might opt for an additional heat source in the winter. Make sure that you establish a “kid-free” zone of at least three feet from a fireplace or space heater. If you are using a portable space heater to warm a child’s bedroom, never leave it on without supervision.

Safety Screen – A fireplace is a magnet for families in the fall and winter. Fire is especially attractive to small children. In addition to policing the three-foot rule, keep your kids and entire household safe with a screen to keep ashes from escaping.

Smoke Alarms – According to the NFPA, three of every five fire deaths (from 2009 -2013) resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). The NFPA recommends having a smoke detector both inside bedrooms and directly outside. Make sure that the smoke detectors placed around the kid’s rooms are tested every month.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Carbon monoxide kills people more than any other poison. It is virtually impossible to detect by smell, so it’s very important to install a detector somewhere in the home. Consider installing one near the kid’s bedroom in addition to one more centrally located.

Candles – Decorating for the holidays will sometimes include using candles to illuminate decorations or as a festive accent. Open flames are very attractive to kids, who are often compelled to touch or hold lit candles. Consider using plastic flameless candles, many of which are designed to flicker like the real thing.

Window Safety – A new fall season brings changes in the weather, which is often too wet or cold for kids to play outside. Kids who are experiencing cabin fever or curious about the weather outside might try to open an accessible window. Every year, more than 4,000 kids end up in the emergency room due to falling out a window in their home. Some parents might consider installing a window bar to ensure their kids are kept safely inside.

More Kid’s Safety Tips from the NFPA

Remember to contact Cassel Home Comfort whenever you have a safety issue with your heating or central air system. We can help ensure that your home stays warm throughout the colder seasons with complete heating repairs and installation. Call us today at 217-689-4522 or contact us online to schedule a visit.