Keep Your Children Safe with These Back to School Tips

Safe Haven Offers Safety Tips for Kids Going Back to School

Summer is winding down and the kids are finally back in school. For many parents, the thought of sending your children off to school for the first time can be scary. Now that the chaos of buying school supplies, arranging carpools and meeting the teachers has ended, take this time to go over safety tips with your children to ensure they are protected throughout the year, even when you aren’t there to keep them safe.

Contact Information
While schools keep your information on file, it’s important for your child to know the basic contact information to reach you in case of an emergency. Your phone number, address, emergency numbers like 911 should all be practiced and memorized.

Safe Word
Children can be very trusting, and strangers can take advantage of that. Establish a safe word with your child. If your child is being picked up from school by a friend or co-worker at the last minute, that person can tell your child the safe word so your kid will know it’s safe. Make sure your child knows to never leave with anyone, no matter how friendly they look, unless they know the safe word.

Backpack Safety
To ensure your child’s safety from heavy books, make sure to pick out a two-strap backpack. Wearing two straps instead of one distributes the weight more evenly. The backpack should be less than 10 to 15 percent of the child’s body weight.

Home Alone after School
If your children have some time alone at home after school and before you get home from work, make sure they know safety rules around the house. It’s always a good idea to go over the basics, such as emergency numbers, locking the doors, shutting the garage door and staying away from the stove until you get home. For additional relief, install a home security system and you can check on your kids from work with live video feeds through the ADT Pulse App. You can even check the locks and the garage door and lock them remotely!

Practice these safety tips with your children and and feel free to learn more on our Facebook page! If you’d like to set up a consultation for a home monitoring system, we encourage you to visit our website.

Safe Haven Wants You To Fire Up the Grill Safely This National Filet Mignon Day

Safety may not be the first thing on your mind when grilling up a delicious summer steak, but it should be. While proper maintenance of your grill goes a long way, there are other helpful practices that go beyond merely scraping your grilling surface, according to CharBroil. Use these tips to help ensure your food is delicious and your eyebrows are intact on National Filet Mignon Day!

Cleanup
While this tip may seem like a no-brainer, many supposed grillmasters fail to properly clean their grilling surface. All grills have a drip pan and tray under their cooking grids and burners. When the tray and pan become too full and the collected food oil has reached its maximum temperature, a grease fire can occur. The pans and trays under your grill are removable and should be checked and emptied weekly. However, if you’re a frequent griller they should be checked twice a week.

How to empty your grease pan:
Make sure the grill is OFF and cool, then slide the drip pan out of your grill.
Scrape off and dispose grease and dried food particles.
Under warm water, soak and rinse the drip pan. For a deep clean, use a small amount of mild soap and a non-abrasive cloth and be sure to rinse well.
When dry, place back in the grill.
Scrape Your Grinds
Because dried-on meat and grease attracts bacteria that can affect the outcome of your food, as well as cause unwanted flare-ups on the grill, you should scrape the surface of your grill before and after you barbeque. It’s best to perform this cleaning task while the grill is hot, as food remains will be easier to remove when the surface temperature is high. A specialized grill brush is the best tool for this job.

Prepare Your Grilling Station
You’ll want to keep your grilling station stocked with necessary items to help put out a grease fire should one arise. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby, as well as baking soda, which acts to cut off the supply of oxygen to the flame. One should never use flour and/or water to extinguish a flame as it will only make the flames larger and could potentially lead to an explosion. While cleaning your grill every week is the best safety precaution against a fire, every grillmaster should be prepared for any safety-related scenario.

Practice these tips every time you grill and the only thing you’ll be sweating is making sure the meat reaches that perfect temperature! Head to our Facebook page and website for other home safety tips!