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Childproofing 101: Top Six Tips on How to Childproof Your Home

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10 Common Fire Hazards Around the House and How to Avoid Them

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Childproofing 101: Top Six Tips on How to Childproof Your Home

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We’re pretty sure you’ve already taken the obvious and necessary precautions to child-proof your home for your little ones. The truth of the matter is that the best way to childproof, is to be with your child every waking moment of every day. That is however not possible, now is it?

We’ve compiled a list of tips on how to childproof you house and ensure you can go about cooking or working without worrying about anything going wrong.

#1: Install Smoke and Fire Detectors

You can also install some carbon monoxide detectors too. The objective here is to make your home safe for children and anyone living there. Be sure to check the batteries now and then and replace them. Having these detectors will ensure you and your loved ones will know if there is a fire.

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#2: Secure Windows

Firstly, make sure that any furniture like couches or chairs that your child can climb on is far away from windows and screens. Install metal window guards to ensure windows can only open a little. The best option of course is to install windows that only open at the top.

#3: Move Heavy Furniture

While you think your chest of drawers is not a safety hazard, little ones can easily bump into or cause heavy furniture pieces to topple and fall. The same goes for television sets. Install brackets to fasten heavy pieces of furniture to walls, and secure television sets with straps for extra precaution.

#4: Leave Shoes at the Front Door

Kids love eating strange objects and things that they find on the floor. This includes gravel and shoes too. To be sure your child won’t be tempted, let there be a no-shoe policy and leave shoes at your house’s entrance. This is great for everyone in the household, as we carry all sorts of muck on our shoes.

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#5: Check Water Temperature

Firstly, you’ll need to check that your hot water tank is set on a child-friendly temperature. This can be anything between 45 and 54 degrees. Next, you can buy faucets and showerheads that automatically switches off when the water reaches a specific temperature.

#6: Get an Inspector In

Still not sure if your house is childproof or not? Why not contact a professional to inspect your home and identify any other possible safety hazards? If you find a reputable company, they will do a thorough survey and provide you with solutions on any other safety hazards in your home.

Making sure your house is childproof is not an option, but a requirement, especially if you have infants in the house. Be sure to take extra precaution on fire hazards too. Here is an insightful article that points out common fire hazards and how to prevent them.

10 Common Fire Hazards Around the House and How to Avoid Them

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You don’t want to live in fear, but you also don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your house caught fire and you could have prevented it. House fires can be fatal for families, and there is always some way it could be prevented. Is your house full of fire hazards? Are you aware of these and are you taking care to prevent a fire from starting in your house?

In this post we’ll share the ten most common fire hazards in and around the house, and give tips on how you can avoid a fire from starting.

1. Dress for Cooking

If you have longer hair, keep it tied up when working over a stove or open flame. Be sure you wear tightfitting clothes and that there is no risk of sleeves catching fire while you are working.

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2. Candles are Dangerous

Lit candles can be very dangerous, even more so when left unattended. For the same effect and no fire hazard, switch to using battery-operated candle lights.

3. Frayed Cables Should Be Fixed

Firstly, you need to keep a close eye on wiring throughout the house. Be sure to replace frayed cables and cords the minute you notice them as they are a big fire hazard.

4. Be Fireplace Savvy

Your fireplace and chimney should be cleaned at least once a year. Be sure you have a strong screen to prevent sparks from traveling to carpets and furniture, and never leave the fire unattended.

5. Teach Your Kids About Fire Dangers

Children are curious, and will want to play with fire or matches. Teach them that fire can be very dangerous, and that it is used as a tool to cook and heat the home and that it is not a toy.

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6. Cigarettes can be Fatal

Smoking is not only bad for your health, they can also cause house fires. If you don’t want to quit, smoke outside and ensure your cigarette is dead before throwing the but in the trash.

7. Use Cords Sparingly

Cords can be dangerous when used in excess. Electrical fires are very common and can be prevented by using cords sparingly, sticking to three-prong cords with three-prong outlets.

8. Grill Responsibly

A grill or barbecue may be a classic family activity, but it can be a fire hazard too. Be sure you are grilling far away from railings and overhanging branches to minimize the chances of a fire spreading.

9. Be a Cautious Cook

Never leave burners unattended while cooking. If you do need to leave the kitchen, switch them off. The best is to keep your eye on the stove and oven to ensure everything is fine and that there’s no risk of fire.

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10. Practice Responsible Heating

If you use portable heaters, be sure to check whether a recognized authority evaluates them. They should also be equipped with an automatic thermostat control shut off.

And that’s a wrap! Are you ready to rid your home of any possible fire hazards? If you don’t have any precautions in place, you’d better get started and be prepared in case of an emergency. In case you’ve missed this post on teaching your child key safety rules, go ahead and read it now and ensure your loved ones are safe.

6 Important Home Safety Rules Your Child Must Know

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Does your child know what the safety rules of your home are? Do you have an established list of safety rules to protect your child from detrimental catastrophes? We’re sure you do. We have however compiled our list of absolute musts to be included in any household’s safety rules.

Here we’ll share our top pick of safety rules your child must know off by heart. This will ensure your child is safe and protected at all times.

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1. Not to Play with Fire

The dangers of fire should be made very clear to your child from an early age. Children are curious of nature, and will more than likely at some point try to touch flames or play with matches. Be very clear that playing with fire or matches is dangerous and not allowed, even when you are around.

2. Where to Get the Emergency Contact List

Your child should know how to use the phone in the case of an emergency. He should also know where to find the contact numbers of emergency services, your own and your spouse’s numbers, as well as that of the police. This list should be accessible and visible – consider putting it on the fridge.

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3. Know Where the Escape Exits Are

You should have a set escape plan for emergencies, and your child must be aware of the specifics of this plan. This ensures they know exactly where to go or how to react in the case of a fire, break in, or hurricane. Teach your child basic CPR and be sure they know what to do in emergency situations.

4. Not Open the Door for Strangers

This is an old one, but still relevant. You should teach your child not to open the door for strangers and that anyone they do not know or recognize should not be on your property. To prevent that they open the door, install security cameras so they can see who is there.

5. Keep Away from the Medicine Cabinet

Firstly, your medicine cabinet and any hazardous chemicals should not be kept in reach of your child. Secondly, you should teach them that the medicine cabinet is a no-go area, and that only adults may access it. Older children should be supervised when accessing the medicine cabinet too.

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6. How to Practice Water Safety

A young child should never be left unsupervised in a bath tub or close to a swimming pool. There are many cases where children were left unattended and drowned. Children should be supervised and taught basic swimming techniques from a young age. They should also know not to mix water and electricity and the dangers thereof.

With these very basic safety rules, your child should do just fine when you are not at home while at work. Be sure to go through your home safety rules now and then to check that your child knows them.

In Case of Emergency: Top CPR Tips That can Save a Life

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Knowing CPR can save someone’s life. If you have never attended CPR training before, you should think about going. If you have gone, and you need a bit of a refresher course, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll give you some expert tips on how to practice CPR in the case of an emergency.

#1: Phone the Authorities

Firstly, you’ll need to call 911. It’s important to note that in most cases, adults will suffer from cardiac arrest and children and infants from respiratory arrest. Call 911 while you are busy performing CPR and put your phone on speaker while you are busy.

#2: Start the Basics

You need to find the line where the nipples are, and then move down just a smidgen. From here, you have to perform about 30 compressions and give two breaths. Continue the process until the person starts breathing again. Be careful not to press on the ribs and focus on the breastbone.

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#3: The Hands-Only Technique

You can use the hands-only technique when performing arrest on adults and young children. This means you’ll perform chest compressions at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This will ensure that the blood continues to flow.

#4: Mouth-to-Mouth Technique

When performing compression on infants, use the mouth-to-mouth technique. You can however use it on adults and children too. When performing CPR on infants, you’ll have to breathe into the nose and the mouth. On adults and children, be sure to pinch the nose and be sure that the chest expands.

#5: Different Pressure Techniques

The pressure technique you use will depend on the age of the patient. If you are performing CPR on an adult, you’ll use the palms of both your hands. When doing CPR on an infant, you’ll use index and middle fingers to compress the chest, and with children, you’ll use only one palm.

#6: Keep to the Beat of ‘Stayin Alive’

As noted earlier, chest compressions should be given at rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This is coincidentally the same beat as the Bee Gees hit single “Stayin Alive”. Not sure how the beat goes? Simply count like this: “one and two and three and four”.

#7: Repeat and Continue

Following these basic steps, continue until the patient starts breathing by himself or until the medics arrive at the scene. Remember to remain calm and focus on the basic steps you should take when performing CPR, and you should do fine.

Are you ready to perform CPR when disaster strikes? We hope these tips have refreshed your mind and that you will now be able to remain calm and stick to these basics. Who knows, you might be able to save someone’s life by doing CPR.

7 Expert Ways to Prevent and be Prepared for a Fire

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While we don’t like to think about the possibility of a fire in our homes or places of work, one has to be vigilant and aware of these dangers. It is your responsibility to ensure your loved ones or employees are safe and that you have taken necessary action to minimize the risk of a fire breaking out.

In this article we’ll take a look at seven precautions you can take to make your home or office fireproof.

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1. Install Smoke and Fire Detectors

Smoke and fire detectors are perfect if you live or work in a bigger building. These should be placed near doors, in every room and on every floor. In the case that a fire breaks out in the middle of the night, you’ll be able to get to safety in time.

2. Keep an Eye on Wiring

Electrical fires are considered to be fatal and the most dangerous. Be sure to keep a hand on all the wiring in and around the house or office. Frayed wires may pose as a fire hazard and should be attended to once you have noticed it.

3. Be Mindful in the Kitchen

Whether you cook with gas or electricity, fires are more likely to start in the kitchen where we work with heat. Never leave the kitchen while cooking and be careful when cooking with oil. Children should be supervised in the kitchen and not allowed to get close to the oven or grill.

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4. Buy Fire Extinguishers

It’s best to have more than one fire extinguisher, even better is to have one for every room in the house or office. This ensures you’ll have one nearby no matter what the situation or when the fire breaks out. Remember to include the garage and attic when buying extinguishers.

5. Teach Kids About Fire

Children are curious about fire, flames, matches and will always try to investigate. Be sure to educate your children, teach them the escape route and don’t allow them to use cooking appliances, matches, lighters or anything that’s intended for use by adults.

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6. Be a Responsible Smoker

If you can, rather quit smoking altogether. But, to prevent a fire risk, be sure to smoke outside and not indoors. Avoid smoking indoors if there is someone who use oxygen. Finally, always make sure that the cigarette is dead before leaving.

7. Have Escape Points

You should have more than one escape points that is easily accessible from multiple points of the house or office. Once you have established the exit points, show your family or employees what to do in the case of an emergency evacuation.

There will be of course cases where you won’t be able to prevent a disaster to strike. You are however able to ensure your house or office is free of fire hazards, and that you have accessible escape points. Being prepared is much better than not being aware of a possible fire hazard or what to do in the case that a fire breaks out.

7 Pointers on How to Save Yourself and Others in Case of a Fire Emergency

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Being prepared for when there is a fire in your office is very important, or even if it is in a public space like a mall or a cinema. There are specific precautions you can take and tips you can follow to help you survive the smoke and get as far away from the flames as possible.

In this article we’ll give you some handy pointers on what to do in the case of such an emergency. Be sure always to call the fire department first.

1. Identify the Fire Exits

Wherever you find yourself, always ask about the location of fire exits, if they are not marked, request this to be done. Be sure you know where you will be able to escape in the case of an emergency.

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2. Call the Fire Department

As soon as you have established that there is in fact a fire, call the fire department. Give them the address and make sure you know where to go. The sooner you call them, the sooner they’ll be on scene.

3. Exit the Building

Make your way towards the exits. If there is no visible smoke, walk. If the building is filled with smoke, crawl to the nearest exit. The key is to avoid breathing in too much of the smoke.

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4. Avoid Elevators

Think it’ll be a quick escape? Think again! Elevators are likely to malfunction in the case of a serious fire. Avoid going to the nearest elevator and stick to the stairs. You don’t want to get stuck in a burning building!

5. Wet Clothing and Towels

If you end up going to the bathroom, wet clothes or towels and put them over your nose. Use some wet cloths to put over any openings in the door or window frames. This will reduce the smoke in the room.

6. Don’t Break Windows

We understand that more than anything else, you want to get out to safety. Breaking windows is however not the best way. Air can feed the flames and smoke, making matters far worse.

7. Remain Calm

Most importantly, you need to remain calm. If you start to panic, you may do something that could lead to tragedy. Remain calm and composed, and focus on getting to your nearest exit.

The most important thing to takeaway here is always to remain calm when in an emergency situation. Even though it is not easy, staying calm will be the deciding factor when you find yourself in a life or death situation.

Top 4 Tips on How to Bring Order to a Chaotic Scene

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So, you are called out to a scene where you need to resuscitate a child and calm his mother down, take them to the local ER and ensure everything runs smoothly and that the situation is under control. It could be easy to lose your cool, run around and get lost in the chaos.

The problem with this approach is that you are more likely to make mistakes if you are not focused and calm. In this post we take a look at our top four tips on how to remain calm and bring order to chaotic scenes.

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1. Follow Step sequence

Whether you have practiced a million times how to resuscitate a patient on a dummy or have done so in emergency cases, going through the motion with your partner before you reach the scene is important. Discuss who is responsible for doing what, and fall into play once you reach the scene.

2. Show Compassion

No doubt you will have to face a distraught parent, brother or grandparent sometime in your career. Even though your goal is to save a life by ensuring the patient is taken care of, you also have to show that you care to those standing by. A little bit of compassion has never gotten in the way of getting the job done!

3. Command Presence

You may come across an instance where you have to deal with a stubborn patient, it comes with the territory. But it is not up to them to make decisions that could end up saving their lives, that’s up to you. Remain calm and instruct them what you need them to do, as politely as possible.

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4. Remain Calm

No one can do what is needed under pressure when they are frantic. The key to getting things done to the best of your ability is to stay calm and composed. If possible, approach every situation with a sense of humor. EMTs who are calm and composed can do their jobs much better than those who start to panic.

The key to helping save lives is to know what you are doing, it takes skill but also calmness, some compassion and of course the ability to take control of the situation. We wish you all the best of luck in your career.

How to Extinguish 3 Different Types of Fires

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The first thing to do in case of emergency or a fire is to contact emergency services, no doubt. But, they might take a while to reach you. Each situation will call a different approach or action, and it is more important to know whether or not you will be able to eliminate the risk instead of putting yourself or your loved ones in danger.

In this post we share some tips on how to extinguish three different types of fires. Keep in mind that if things are out of control, it’s best left to professional firefighters. Let’s get started.

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#1: Gas Fires

Firstly, the gas needs to be shut off. Smother the fire with a rug, or using a fire extinguisher. Next, you will have to open windows and ensure there is enough ventilation to let all the gas come out. If everything is under control, call your local fire department and ask them to check all the gas pipes to ensure there is no danger of leaks.

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#2: Cooking Fires

Switch off the stove and close the pan or pot with a lid. If this does not help, use baking soda or a fire extinguisher to douse flames. Keep the oven closed if the fire is in the oven, this will smother the flames, or you could throw baking soda over food. Never move the pot or pan as this will cause oil to spatter and the fire to spread. Refrain from using a fan or water.

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#3: Heating Fires

If the fire is in the fireplace or your stovepipe is red you should contact the fire department immediately. Immediately switch off water heaters, radiators or furnaces. In the case of electrical heating, smother the flames. If it’s gas, you can only use water or a Type A extinguisher. For fireplaces, you can use baking soda, a Type A extinguisher or water when the fire is in the chimney.

We would however strongly advise to call the fire department should you be unsuccessful in your first attempt to extinguish the fire. Rather think of the lives of your loved ones and your own life than try to play hero. These techniques are however suitable for small house fires that can be easily put out and controlled by yourself.