Safe and Sound Family’s Weekly Roundup (December 7)

by Erin Raub | Last Updated Feb. 2nd, 2013

Home Fire Safety

Smoke alarms save lives, and dual alarms are your safest bet

I am very excited to present our first Safe and Sound Family weekly roundup. Every Friday, I’ll do a quick review and link-up to some of my favorite blog posts of the week. I hope these roundups will introduce you to some great new bloggers – men and women who write about how to keep our families, homes, and vehicles safe and secure. Please feel free to return the favor: Is there someone or something I’ve missed? Suggest new bloggers to follow, or link me to awesome posts!

So without further ado, let’s begin.

Fire Safety

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sparkling Christmas tree lights, and all the other cozy accoutrements of winter and the holidays. I love this time of year, but it’s important to remember that winter brings with it a host of fire hazards. This week, I have not one, not two, but three posts on fire safety that I’d like to bring to your attention. First and foremost, please please go check your smoke alarms. Then read this post on how some smoke alarms go off too late. It’s a scary thought, but something you can easily prevent by using both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or purchasing detectors that include both technologies in one device (called a dual alarm). Next up, some great fire safety tips for heating your home and finally, an excellent post (and several tips) on holiday and Christmas tree fire safety. A joyful and safe holiday season to you and yours!

Children & Cyberbullying

My son is only one, so I fortunately don’t have personal experience with children and cyberbullying, but this topic is everywhere – and its consequences are heart-breaking. In a nutshell, cyberbullying consists of any online activity designed to shame, embarrass, harass or well, bully, a child. This can include posting photos, forwarding texts, uploading screenshots of private conversations, and other cyber behaviors. Check out this week’s post from WebWiseKids on how you can prevent cyberbullying. There’s some great advice there. Oh, and did you know that President Obama has designated every October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)? NCSAM not only includes events and initiatives to increase education about cyberbullying, but also fosters awareness of cybersecurity for your home and business.

Safest Holiday Gifts

Safe and crispy pizza crusts? Yes, please!

Safe Holiday Shopping

In this day and age, holiday (or birthday) shopping can feel more like a chore than a pleasant task. You worry about product recalls, harmful chemicals, or poor quality. For young children, BPA, choking hazards, and durability are also a concern. Instead of spending your time worrying, hop on over to the WeMakeItSafer Blog. They’ve been in the safety game for more than five years and have done tons of research to compile a list of the safest holiday gifts for 2012. I have to admit, it makes me feel all warm and tingly knowing that only 5% of all submitted products made the grade.

Aging Parents Living Alone

When we think of our family and safety, we usually think of our children and, possibly, ourselves. We think of the people who live in our home. So it’s easy to forget, because our parents took care of us and have been self-sufficient for our entire lives, that aging parents living alone may have some special needs, too. SafetyMom reminds us of that with her very helpful post on 5 must-haves for elderly parents who live alone, which includes some simple but essential tools for keeping your parents safe and independent.

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