Ever Think a Safety Product Could Hurt your Child?

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Young, eager and thriving…all in the name of SAFETY!

2006, Washington DC, Safe Kids Conference…like a kid in a candy store, but instead of candy…SAFETY gets me every time! Vendors and safety gadgets EVERY WHERE! Running from booth to booth like kids running from house to house on Halloween! How many safety toys can I fit in my bag!?!? A Buckle Bag made of seat belts to be exact, because I hustled the the guy into giving me one from his display (I mailed him a check when I got home of course!) LOL…those were the days!

I met a guy when I was there. He had a product that got my attention, and I’ve been looking for it ever since! And FINALLY…I found it! I had to go deep into the safety underground (International Association for Child Safety, www.iafcs.org)! I can honestly say…one of the best kept secrets…LITERALLY!

Meet George!

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It all started when George’s new business venture was shut down by the 9/11 Terrorist attack on the United States of America. He became a stay-at-home father to a daughter which he and his wife Estelle, named Sage. One day, George removed a standard sized electrical outlet safety plug and plugged in a vacuum cleaner. He set the safety plug on the edge of the table and began vacuuming. Of course, Sage grabbed the device. Guess where she put the plug…in her mouth! She began choking; however, she got extremely lucky and George saved her life.

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One day shortly thereafter, Sage handed George her pacifier and it hit George like a ton of bricks. He started researching choking incidents on-line and found that the shield on a pacifier must have at least 2 ventilation holes and measure at least 1 3/4 inches in greatest diameter. In addition, the holes must measure at least .2 inches in diameter and be located no closer than .2 inches to the outside edge of the shield.

George applied the pacifier regulations to the shield of a safety plug and found that using the before mentioned hole requirements on a safety plug shield created a safe product regarding choking. The first version was made of white plastic, but now they are made of ultimate-clear plastic. SafetyCaps are designed to blend-in with any color outlet so that kids won’t notice the plug to increase the safety aspect of the device. The caps are created right in George’s back yard (Vermont) to ensure the plastic being used is correct and no short-cuts are taken during the production process. Check out George’s site at http://www.safetycaps.com/.

See how the SafetyCap did during safety testing: http://www.safetycaps.com/safe.htm

Soooooo…

We will be ordering SafetyCaps to try out! It’s been on my mind for all these years, and I’m still very interested! When we get them, we will try them out and compare them to other outlet covers on the market! Sliding, latching, swiveling and plug-ins…OH MY! What a wonderful idea/product for such an unforeseen/unintentional hazard! So, the next time you pop the plug to vacuum…remember to put the outlet cover out of sight and out of reach!

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have questions about childproofing or child safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

~Crystal, Lexlee’s Kids Executive Director (but you can call me the Super Safety Chick!)

Childproof your Home for the New Year!

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Start your New Year off right!  Parents and caregivers should check their homes at least once a year for basic safety precautions. Make it your New Year’s resolution, it’s easy to eliminate the most obvious hazards and you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment.

The first step in childproofing a home is to explore every room at a child’s eye level. Literally get down on your hands and knees and crawl around. You will be surprised at how much you can reach and how many small objects you can pick up.  Anything that can fit through a toilet paper tube is a potential choking hazard. Of course, cleaning products, alcohol, firearms, matches, lighters and other potentially harmful products need to be stored out of reach and locked up.

Here are a few tips to help you put your safest foot forward this year:

  • Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F. At higher temperatures, it only takes three seconds to burn a child’s skin severely enough to require surgery.  There are items you can purchase to check water temperature before using the water on a child.
  • Memorize this phone number: 1-800-222-1222. From anywhere in the U.S., this toll-free number will connect you to the Poison Control Center.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in every sleeping area and change the batteries twice a year.  Also check for fire hazards such as, frayed electrical wires or flammable materials near heating appliances.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area and near fuel-burning appliances. Test your carbon monoxide detectors once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
  • Put safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway. Gates installed with hardware are safer than pressure gates.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets. You can buy plastic outlet covers or just use duct tape.  Be sure to secure unused outlet covers. They are choking hazards.
  • Keep firearms unloaded, locked and out of reach. Lock up ammunition in a separate place.
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone. In addition to the numbers for fire and emergency medical services, keep numbers for the pediatrician and a neighbor handy.
  • Check your first aid kit to make sure it is fully stocked. Make sure babysitters know where to find first aid supplies and how to handle an emergency.

Safety comes first, even if it means making your home a little less pretty and convenient for adults.  Safety gates and cabinet locks are a small price to pay to keep a child out of the emergency room.  What have you done to childproof your home? 

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you have any questions about child safety, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.