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Well we need to be taking steps year round to keep our kids in our home safe but it is especially important in the summer.
Much of the US falling into the grips of an extreme heat wave and there are unknown summer dangers lurking.
So how do you protect your home joining me now syndicated radio host Tom great player author of the book my home my money that boy can I relate to that -- thanks for coming our pleasure I so you know this weekend I think in Death Valley and it could have temperatures and -- 120 degrees.
It's crazy here we've heard a lot of that old fashion tips on keeping yourself -- but is there anything you tell us -- that would help us keep that -- With a house full shorts outside of the house we need to have those winds strong all day long with -- there are not keeping that sign out.
He turn appliances a lot of folks something about this don't user of and don't use your dryer things like that.
Keep the air conditioning to fight the temptation wanna drop and all the way down keep it at something steady like seventy to eighty you know maintain that way.
And keep that's -- copper -- do you notify which makes a big difference humidity as it -- -- kill are definitely a little like.
-- want to get to some of your other summer safety tips.
And what are the ones that surprised me up with this windows safety -- yes we had a couple of kids in Jersey in a horrible accent.
Accident that is recently.
You say windows are a feature a lot of people don't think about.
Well the screens they don't because think about it when we grew up those things were tough right I mean you can hit him with a ball -- could push on there were strong.
Today the window screens -- fabric there -- -- to the window they're not a storm of the put on -- so they're very weak.
A lot of parents get this false sense of security thinking that -- screen is gonna keep something from coming out keeping kids -- -- and it just won't.
It's as if there was nothing there at all you wouldn't put your your dead Wear your dress or anything or your crib near an open window that's what you're doing if there's just that screen in place.
So in terms of -- -- safety.
Don't rely on the screen use child safety bars they can easily open the event of -- mercy but they protect kids.
Don't put furniture up against it don't put to beds and cribs -- against those windows and watch -- for the -- hitting with a court should not -- -- to strangling hazard.
Absolutely I a lot of people don't think about that and I think it's a great point about the screens being so light what just feel like they're like -- piece of fabric -- -- that's exactly what they are still I wanna talk about -- experts say yes because I have a friend.
-- two year old drowned in the family pool and and people don't think about this but it's particularly little boys who were were at risk.
Because they are the ones we're gonna wander over the pool and fallen you have to be so careful.
You do in the what you do to kind of back yourself up as a parent deserves nothing is -- be better than your supervision but you wanna create layers of protections what does that mean.
You start with the good quality -- I got an example here.
You talked about little kids we got what they can do they can climb right.
So this the sort of normal chain link fence but it's not because the size of the link is actually answer a quarter a normal chain links about to -- -- -- -- get a foot in it.
This is -- pliable C surround your pool with non clay oval fencing.
In addition to think that the fencing you take a look at the gates of the latches on the -- have to be 54 inches off the grounds of his can't reach up.
And then the doors that lead to the pool area they have to be alarmed by the way these alarms work is if if somebody opens that door and -- and opened the alarm alerts.
But if you just wanna go out you can disable it for 1015 seconds when you go out closed the door behind so basically he's he's he's different layers that that the kid's gonna have to break through.
To get to that danger area of the pool.
Had so many kids get hurt around -- little kids and may not even be your kid again just be a neighbor's -- somebody one -- and you've got to be very very careful what other tips do you have for instance somebody playground safety is really important other kids -- school -- having a great time and a lot of folks are building playground areas in their backyard so popular people are spending tons of -- yards.
And you know where they have spent more money on the ground cover you can't just put a couple images of mulch you need at least nine inches of -- -- -- gravel.
It really thick base it should extend within six to six feet beyond the playgrounds base of -- -- launches office swing and hits it.
They'll be -- you know you -- you shredded.
-- as well there's there's high -- -- that work but protect that ground surface that's a government injuries especially the higher these playgrounds are now you see -- -- -- twelve feet twenty feet high yeah that's a long fall for a small child it is another little -- you know -- -- -- that this this these swings connect to charge of their clothes because if you have strings -- loose clothing -- can get caught on that how could you strangulation -- Tom thanks very giving -- some tips for this summer appreciate your time they say.
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