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Clutter Safety Month: Are You Prepared? Part 2

Clutter Safety Month: Are You Prepared? Part 2

tap tapIt’s Clutter Safety Month! Don’t let old bike helmets, car seats, and old first aid supplies become unsafe clutter for your family.

Car Seats

If you’re keeping your old car seat to hand down to another child in the family, know that car seats expire. Beyond expiring, it’s also important to be sure that you’re using the proper size and type of seat for your child. If you’re not sure what kind of seat to use, how to install it, or how to tell if it’s expired, http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats.htm can help.

Quick Tips:

  • Check the manufacture expiration date on your car seat
  • Car seats must fit the child based on their specific measurements If you’re not sure how to install it properly, find a free service in your area to help

Bicycle Helmets

Bike helmets expire, too! Many people have never heard this, and some remain skeptical. However, studies suggest that over time the normal wear and tear of helmets causes the materials inside to wear down, as do some products such as sunscreen and hair spray.

Quick Tips:

  • Helmets typically last between 2-5 years
  • Dropping and normal wear and tear can cause the safety materials to erode
  • Make sure the helmet is the right size and fit for your child

First Aid Kit

Don’t wait until you need one to make sure you have a properly equipped first aid kit. The end of each school year is a good time to pull out last year’s kit and make sure it’s in working order and well stocked. The American Red Cross has some helpful lists for what to include in your kit. Find them here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy

Quick Tips:

  • Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car
  • Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one
  • Find out the location of first aid kits where you work

Cris Sgrott

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