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National Safe Kids Day and the Make Safe Happen App #MakeSafeHappen

National Safe Kids Day and the Make Safe Happen App #MakeSafeHappen

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a parent, I know that there’s no “right” way to parent.  There’s no guide book, but while we’re busy with end of school year activities, planning summer camp plans, figuring out the budget for a possible vacation, we can’t forget the importance of safety.

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Safe Kids Worldwide is a non-profit that works hard to protect children from accidental injuries, such as drowning, fires, burns, poisoning and traffic injuries. National Safe Kids Day is one way where we can come together as a community to raise awareness and celebrate safety, all while having fun.

My High 5

There are events taking place throughout the US on various days. I encourage you to check out the listing of events. If you can’t participate in person, you can still make a list of safety actions that will help your family. Start by checking out the master checklist of activities with #MyHigh5.  With My High 5, it’s easy for us parents to pick the safety actions that make the most sense for each of our own families!

This is one ‘good to know’ infographic I just had to share!

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MakeSafeHappen App

The Make Safe Happen website and app are both available to help you make a checklist of safety options that are both age appropriate and specific enough, that you can make changes that make sense. I was able to click through based on age and location to find out safety tips and see some staggering facts. For example, I learned that 30 children a day—about 1 child every 45 minutes—are injured in a bounce house. Wow. So, I checked out the safety tips, and they make sense, and now I know when kids head to a party, or even just over to friends who have them, what we should be aware of… plus kids LOVE seeing the bounce houses when we go to various community events. I may just send the link of tips over to an organizer of the events!

Here’s a short video of what you can expect to gain from the Make Safe Happen website – all for your family’s good and safety!

Ideas to help Make Safe Happen
  • Make a fire escape plan and practice it. Do your kids know where to meet you? Can they get out in under 2 minutes? Do they know to leave their belongings behind?
  • Prevent tip overs, especially if you have young climbings kids. By securing dressers, book shelves and even loft beds to the walls, you can prevent major issues. One thing that I know happens is when we’re reorganizing things and we may take an extra day or two to get things into place. While my kids are a bit older, we do have neighbors with young kids. I need to keep those things in mind when we are adjusting book shelves too!
  • With summer upon us, water safety is important. Even a child who can swim well, should never go into water alone – an adult should always be present.
  • Install a smoke alarm AND a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, including your basement, and place them near sleeping areas. Test both types of alarms monthly and replace batteries annually.
  • Store household products like bleach, detergents, laundry packets, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions in their original containers, locked up and out of children’s sight and reach. Especially with laundry packets that are brightly colored, it is important that young kids don’t confuse them for a tasty treat (animals may too!)

Being present and thankful for reminders!

Nationwide is helping make Safe Kids Day 2016 a celebration by bringing awareness to the issues we all face as parents. We all want what is best for our kids, but sometimes we need gentle reminders to do those small things, for those “just in case” moments. We don’t get a do-over when there’s an emergency, instead, as a mom, I’m taking a look to see what things I can do, so that I won’t have to say, “I wish I would have…” Mother to mother, I urge you to do the same.

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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9 Comments

  1. vickie couturier
    05/05/2016 / 8:31 pm

    all kids need to be safe and feel safe at all times,,good tips

  2. Melissa Bernardo
    05/04/2016 / 6:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! We as parents need to be reminded every now and then a safety. This is a great event!

  3. 05/02/2016 / 3:41 am

    The infographic is very much informative & I am sure kids safety is such a big thing always. Safe Kids Day is a good idea to attend with your kids & it is good to create awareness & get together with other families as well.

  4. 05/01/2016 / 6:30 am

    My grandchildren are with me almost everyday so I have to make sure that my house is safe for them. Thank you for the infographic. It will make for a good reminder on how we can ensure the safety of the kids.

  5. Rosey
    04/30/2016 / 1:58 pm

    That infographic really does it’s job. The point about safety in the home is oh so true…that’s an odd but true way to look at it though!! Awesome share, great food for thought.

  6. 04/30/2016 / 1:58 am

    It is scary to think of all of the things that can happen to kids in a matter of seconds. They are curious and want to explore but it is up to us, the parents, to ensure they are safe.

  7. 04/29/2016 / 10:53 pm

    A great reminder for all of us to take precautions to make sure our home is safe. It is easy to forget simple tips like these when life gets too busy.

  8. Elizabeth O.
    04/29/2016 / 10:36 pm

    This is a wonderful event to raise awareness about safety. It’s also the perfect place for parents to learn what else they need to do to make their kids safe especially inside their homes. I hope a lot of families will be able to join!

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