If you have young children, chances are you’ve taken care to childproof your home and watch out for common dangers. But what about the safety concerns that change with the seasons? Here are
the top tips for each season to help protect your family.

Spring

1. Spring Clean Green
Make your own non-toxic, affordable cleaning supplies out everyday items such as vinegar and baking soda.
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2. Paint Lead Free
Use only lead-free, non-VOC paint throughout your home, especially in children’s rooms.
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3. Light Up with CFL’s
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL’s) use less energy, generate less heat, last longer than other bulbs and are less expensive in the long run.
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4. Tune up your Tools
Before you spruce up your home, lawn and garden, be sure to spruce up your lawn mowers, ladders and power garden tools to prevent unnecessary injury.
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Summer

1. Grill Away
Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structures. Never grill indoors or near garages or porches.
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2. Search for Snags
Check backyards and play areas for tripping hazards such as roots and rocks. Inspect play sets for dangerous “S” hooks.
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3. Supervise Swimming
Children should be supervised near pools (even small wading pools) at all times. Multiple barriers should be put up between children and pools.
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4. Be Ready to Extinguish
Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand when grilling and be sure to dispose of coals properly after they have cooled.
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5. Test Your Backyard Safety IQ
Every minute this summer, 20 children will visit the ER with injuries from backyards and pools. Get started with our Backyard Safety Explorer and learn how to help keep your family safe.
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Fall

1. Watch Those Flames
Never leave burning candles or open flames unattended for any period of time.
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2. Climb with Care
When using ladders to clean gutters or decorate, check the rungs, make sure the ladder is securely placed and don’t overdo the angle when propping it against your home.
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3. Keep it to Treats, No Tricks
Keep the scariest night of the year fun by purchasing flame retardant costumes and teaching your kids about Halloween safety.
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4. Be Alarmed
October is Fire Safety month. Make sure that you have smoke alarms on each floor of your home, test them weekly and change the batteries twice a year.
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5. From Pigskins to Potato Skins: Key Tips for Tailgating
Every fall, football fans pile into stadium parking lots to support their favorite team by tailgating before the big game.
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Winter

1. Sleep Safe
Install Carbon Monoxide alarms near sleeping areas: Each year, more than 15,000 people visit the emergency room and 500 die from unintentional carbon monoxide exposure.* Many people aren’t familiar with the signs of exposure. Are you?
*Source: http://www.cdc.gov

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2. Get a Kid’s Eye View
Tour your home from your child’s perspective looking for potential safety hazards. Fix those you find.
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3. Stay Three Feet from the Heat
Keep children at least three feet from sources of heat such as space heaters, stoves, fireplaces and lit candles.
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4. Look for UL
Look for the UL Mark on electronics (like that new widescreen for the big game) and other appliances.