Norwalk, CONN. (PRWEB) August 28, 2006
September is Baby Safety Month, and members of AP9 24 Protect Plus, a premier security program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC and conveniently accessed through Dealpass.com, can access their benefits to help ensure the safety of what they value the most: their family and their home.
Parents develop an instinctive sense of protection and safety that helps them detect the dangers around the house for babies, toddlers and kids of any age. Unfortunately, instinct often isn’t enough; to gain true wisdom, parents also have a learning curve they need to go through when it comes to childproofing the house and car and establishing safety rules for the outdoors. Members of AP9 24 Protect Plus can save during this process when they use their benefits to safeguard their home and belongings, especially when they pre-purchase gift cards through the program at a 20% savings, gift cards they can use to purchase items to keep their children safe.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 2.5 million children are injured or killed each year by hazards in the home. It’s therefore critical to childproof your home and make sure grandparents, relatives and babysitters know the rules of the house and how to operate all of the childproofing devices in the home. AP9 24 Protect Plus has put together a list of useful tips for those who are new to the childcare process:
--Keep your eyes and ears open. No gadget, no matter how fabulous or state-of-the-art it is, can take the place of constant supervision. Some devices give caregivers a false sense of security, especially for those who are not used to being around babies or toddlers. Remind relatives and friends of the importance of continuous supervision at all times. No matter how carefully you’ve childproofed the house, your visitors may not be as vigilant as you are.
--Learn to operate childproofing devices. A safety gate, used improperly, can pose a hazard to children. Retailers have come up with new designs and techniques to make gates hard to open, not just for children, but for some adults as well. Make sure you know how to operate all the safety tools in your house before you install them. From gates to monitors and cabinet locks, you should know how to open and close each one properly to avoid potential accidents that can occur if you try to figure them out while you should be paying attention to the kids.
--Think twice. Common sense takes on a whole new dimension when there are little ones around. While leaving cleaning products on the counter or under the bathroom and kitchen sinks may present no danger at all for you, these elements present imminent danger of poisoning when kids are nearby. Similarly, leaving the outside door open “for just a sec” while you go to the car, or leaving kids on top of the bed while you answer the phone, can be very risky business. Kids can fall, drown, choke or get burned in the blink of an eye. Think twice about doing anything else while trying to take care of a baby or a toddler at the same time.
--Buckle them up properly. New parents often go to a car clinic or their town’s Police Department to have their car seat properly installed, but if you take care of children only a couple of times a week or a month, merely installing a car seat can be a challenging task. It takes 20 minutes to learn how to do it properly, so take the time to learn. While driving a child around, it’s also important to remember that some toys can be more dangerous than others, so be sure to give them very soft toys, nothing that has sharp edges or is too heavy. Reminding everyone of the importance of using seat belts is also a good measure.
--Keep emergency numbers handy. While everyone knows this tip, it’s too often overlooked. Make sure you know where the list is, keep it in a visible place near your phones, and check it to make sure all the numbers you might ever need are there. Be sure to include the home, work and cellphone numbers of close relatives.
As a parent or member of a family with children, remember that keeping your children safe is an ongoing process, so it’s recommended that you re-evaluate all of your precautionary measures regularly. A baby might not be able to climb the entertainment unit, but a toddler will certainly try. And remember: Members can save money on all their home safety needs through 24 Protect Plus.
About AP9 24 Protect Plus
AP9 24 Protect Plus is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as AP9 24 Protect Plus.