By: Krystle Crossman
During the Superbowl Nationwide Insurance put out an ad that feature a child who stated that he couldn’t do a lot of things that normal kids do because he died in an accident. The commercial was made to enlighten parents about the dangers that are in their home Nationwide states. The commercial was a little too real for some parents but it does pose a good question. Is your home really as safe as you think it is? Are your children safe or are there hidden dangers lurking?
A new app has been created to determine just that. It is called Make Safe Happen. The app and the website were created by Nationwide to help parents determine whether their home is safe enough and to educate them on all of the different dangers that there are for children in the home. Every year there are around 8,000 child deaths from accidents in the home. That is far too many. Some children find chemicals that are left around the house. Others will find an unlocked basement door with a steep staircase. Some find open windows on high floors. These are all very preventable situations. Nationwide wants to provide tips on how to make your home as safe as possible.
The app will give you different recommendations on products that are made specifically with a child’s safety in mind. It tells you what dangers could be hiding in different rooms so that you can make sure that these dangers are taken care of before anything tragic happens. It also has reminders on it for routine checks that you should do in your home such as checking the smoke alarm batteries every month. A dead battery in a smoke alarm could quickly mean the difference between life and death in a fire. The app will also help you to find the items that you need to make your home safer by directing you to the product page on Amazon.
One of the most important safety tips is to be aware of your child at all times in the home. This doesn’t mean you need to hover over them all day long, but make sure that you can hear or see them and know where they are and what they are doing.