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Smoke Alarms

If you’re expecting your first child, chances are you’re already looking to make your home as safe as possible. Fortunately, it’s easy to take control of your household safety, and one of the best tips is to test your smoke alarms twice a year without fail. Here are four simple steps to help you do that.

Quick Tip

Installing door locks that are placed towards the top of the doors will keep them out of reach of a curious child.

START THE TEST 

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

TEST REMOTE ROOMS 

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

TEST REMOTE ROOMS 

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

USE IMITATION SMOKE

If you routinely set off your smoke alarms due to cooking, good for you! You will know your alarms adequately respond to real smoke. If you don’t specialize in smoky cuisine, however, use a smoke detector test spray available at any hardware store to test the smoke alarm. The smoke alarm may take a few minutes to kick into action during this test, so be patient. If it takes more than five minutes, try replacing the batteries or purchase and install a new fire alarm.

MAKE A PLAN 

In addition to ensuring that your smoke alarms are properly installed and functioning well, it is important to assemble a fire preparedness plan with other members of the household. Agree upon a meeting location at least fifty feet from the home and discuss escape routes from each room in the house. When children are old enough, go over the plan and various fire safety tips with them in a fun and engaging way.