Whether it is a vase of store-bought roses, or an arrangement of cut hydrangeas from your yard, who doesn’t love the look and smell of fresh cut flowers in their home? If you enjoy fresh flowers in your home you may be wondering how to keep them fresher longer.

Here are some things you can do that will keep them fresh, lasting longer and looking their best:

  • Remove any severely wilted petals or leaves.
  • Remove all leaves and foliage below the water line.
  • Get the stems in water as soon as possible after cutting.
  • Place cut flowers in cold water. Warm water can dehydrate flowers.
  • Placing cut flowers in the refrigerator for six hours before arranging them will triple their lifespan.
  • Mist the flowers daily
  • Cover the flower stems with no more than six inches of water. Make sure the vase is free of microorganisms, wash in hot, soapy water and rinse well.
  • Re-cut the stems every few days.

Enjoy your flowers! What are your favorite cut flowers?

While home is a place where you want to rest, play and relax with the family; it is also a place where accidents can happen.  Most children will get bumps and bruises, that is to be expected as children run and play; but some more serious injuries can be preventable.  It can be very difficult placing restraints on kids as they play, so the next alternative is to make the home a safe place for children to be in. Here are some safety tips that should be followed for different areas in the home.

THE KITCHEN

  • Knives, scissors, forks and other sharp tools should be placed in the drawer secured with a childproof latch.
  • Locks should be installed on dishwashers so kids cannot open them while they are running.
  • When cooking, handles of pots and frying pans should be turned away and placed in a position that adventurous children cannot reach.
  • Cabinets under the sink should be free of all dangerous chemicals such as, detergents, dish washing liquid, and cleaning products.  Cabinets that can be accessed by children should also be secured with a safety lock.
  • Keep all plastic or polythene bags, and small objects out of the reach of children to eliminate the risk of choking and suffocation.

The Children’s Bedroom

  • The baby’s changing table should have a safety belt.
  • Baby cribs should be free of stuffed pillows, large stuffed animals and bumper pads to reduce the risk of child suffocation.
  • Toy chests and containers should have a safety feature that prevents them from slamming shut.
  • Safety latches should be installed on bureau drawers, closet doors and any other restricted areas in the child’s room.
  • All furniture, toys and accessories in a child’s room need to be age appropriate.

The Adult’s Bedroom

  • All medication bottles, loose pills, coins and sharp objects should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Window blinds should be tied and kept suspended at heights that children cannot reach.
  • For parents who own fire arms, they should be locked and kept secured at all times. Ammunition should be stored separately in a secure location.  Children should never have any access to firearms or ammunition.

Electricals

  • All unused electrical outlets should be protected with safety guards and major electrical appliances should be grounded to prevent shocks.
  • Be certain that all electrical cords, and small electrical appliances are out of a child’s reach.
  • A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home.
  • The most common source of carbon monoxide comes from open flames, such as ovens and ranges.  It can be formed from an incomplete combustion from any flame fueled device like clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces and even water heaters. For this reason it is strongly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.

Bathrooms

  • The hot water thermostat should be set below 120 degrees.
  • All sharp objects like razor blades should be stored away in a locked cabinet.
  • There should be non-slip pads on the bathroom floor to prevent the child from slipping.
  • Bottles containing chemicals such as mouth wash, perfumes, hair dyes, and nail polish remover should be stored in a safe and secure location out of the reach of children.
  • Child safety latches should be installed on the toilet, cabinets, and doors.

All parents should take the responsibility of ensuring their child’s safety seriously.  There are many resources and products available to help ensure that a child is safe within their own home.

 

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