Do You Have a Fire Safety Plan?

During the formative years of your child it is important to bear in mind fire safety in his her bedroom. To this end here are a few tips that you should keep in mind.

Avoid synthetics. That goes for everything from toys to clothing to decor. Synthetics burn faster, hotter and produce much higher quantities of toxic fumes than natural materials.

First and foremost consult with your local hardware store to acquire as class 'A' fire retardant paint. This will help stop the spread of fire on the wall surfaces. Also avoid the use of carpet, they are all synthetic in nature and produce copious amounts of toxic gases under fire conditions. Natural hard-wood floors are preferred.

The baby’s clothing is also important to consider. Choose natural cotton fibers and avoid synthetics. Synthetic fibers will actually melt and fuse to the skin under fire conditions.

Keep plastic toys outside the baby’s bedroom for this same reason. In general make certain that anything in the baby’s room is made of natural fiber or wood.

Install inter-connected smoke alarms with one in your baby’s room and one every else. The current fire code requires one working smoke alarm on each level of the home and one outside each sleeping area. However, there is no such thing as too many smoke alarms.

Have interconnected smoke alarms. That means that if one goes off they all go off. They make these in a wireless format now and they are CSA listed and inexpensive. This doubles the effectiveness of your safety plan.

I know this sounds mundane and repetitive but PRACTICE A HOME ESCAPE PLAN! Have two ways out of every room, have a plan about who mom is going to get and who dad is going to get, how you will get out and where you will meet in the event of a fire.

If bedrooms are on the second floor consider rope ladders as means of escape. Make sure your windows open to allow you to get out. Train your children to leave pets and toys and just get out.

Unless you live in an urban core you must realize this…… it will take the fire department seven minutes to arrive…… you have three minutes to get out.

Plan, plan, plan, practice, practice, practice. The key is early fire detection, a well planned escape route, a meeting place and a way to survive.

Avoiding Toxic Toys

Kids are always putting their toys in their mouth. Is there any way we can prevent their young bodies from absorbing toxins? There is lead in the paint of those brightly colored blocks and lots of chemicals in the walls of that see-through sippy cup. How do you prevent your kid from getting sick from the things they play with, drink from or simply use every day. For instance, did you know that even the clear plastic used as windows on strollers can be toxic to babies – it is because most of these windows are made from toxic PVCS.

So what can we as moms do to protect our baby from harm? First off you should prevent buying toys that have paint that have lead in them. One way to do t hi sis to buy eco-friendly new toys and stay away from those you find in thrift shops. Older toys are likely to contain more toxins. Thrift stores and consignment shops are not required to make sure that any toy is safe. They simply want to upload the junk to you.

Do not buy toys with chipped paint and throw out any toys with chipped paint in your home. The fact that they are chipping means they likely have lead in them. Symptoms of lead poisoning include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weight loss and inability to gain weight. You should also check your crib or high chair to make sure that your baby is not peeling the paint from the wall and eating the paint chips.

You should also beware of toys that contain a plastic that contains bisphenol A (BPA). This is a chemical compound that is used to make all kinds of different items. Another substance that is dangerous are the phthalates that are found in all kinds of toys.

You should also be careful when you buy toys that say they are flame retardant. These toys are covered with polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs). These are toxic to humans.

There are also certain types of paints that can be quite toxic to kids, especially those containing cadmium red. You can find these dyes in everything from play dough to fingerpaints to bubble bath. Be very wary when you buy anything with dye in it. In fact, if there is any type of chemical listed on a toy label just don't buy it. This is especially true if you can't pronounce it!