Thanks to First Alert for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Phew – after a whirlwind of a few weeks, we’re finally starting to settle in and really make this house a home! Most of the boxes are unpacked and (some) things are finding their place. I’ve got so many ideas and visions for how I want things and I’m starting to get a little impatient to get it all done. 😉 I keep having to tell myself that it’s a marathon not a sprint – this isn’t going to happen overnight. Slowly, but surely, it’s starting to feel like we actually live here though – and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s coming together.
One of the first things we wanted to do as we settled in was ensure that all safety items were in place. If it were still just Noah and me, that might not be a huge deal, but with kids in the house it absolutely became priority to know that the place we live is safe for everyone involved.
The stairs are kind of a new beast for us. We definitely wanted some separation for the kids vs. the adults sections of the house, and stairs were the obvious choice. Emmie is old enough to use them responsibly. Jackson? Not so much. So one of the first things we did was invest in safety gates for the stairs. It’s already given me so much peace of mind if Jackson is unsupervised in the house for a minute or two.
The top of the stairs is also a little bit of an issue. We have a short rail area that looks down on the foyer; Noah and I could just see Jackson throwing things (or himself) off of that. This mesh barrier isn’t the prettiest thing ever, but it does the job of keeping things from going through the railings. We’ve also tried not to put things that can be climbed on in that area.
And oh, welcome back into my life, outlet covers. 😉 We haven’t needed these for a few years, but around the time we moved, Jackson developed a huge interest in plugging things in. These made their way back into every outlet he can access.
We also wanted to protect our kids in areas that aren’t commonly though of when making a home as safe as possible. I was so glad this partnership with First Alert came up around the time we were finalizing our home so we could integrate the best smoke/carbon monoxide detectors out there into our home!
The First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a low-hassle way to protect your family from two common home dangers. It has a sealed 10-year battery that eliminates annoying battery chirps and even gets rid of the need to replace the batteries for the life of the alarm.
It’s also half the size of a standard alarm and looks great installed!
The 10-Year Atom Smoke and Fire Alarm is just about the cutest thing you ever will see. 😉 It’s an incredibly simple, discreet way to protect from smoke and fire dangers, with a 10-year battery and an advanced smoke-entry detection system that reduces the chance of false alarms. All in a 3-ounce design…it’s almost as tall as a paperclip!
We paired the Atom with the First Alert 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm for double dose of protection in the same area. This shows the carbon monoxide in your home in parts per million. It also displays ambient temperature in a digital display.
It had an incredibly easy installation and looks great in a hallway.
The 10-Year Dual Sensor Smoke and Fire Alarm employs Smart Sensing Technology, which includes dual photoelectric and ionization sensors to offer the highest level of protection against smoldering or fast-flaming fires. Many local agencies and the NFPA recommend a dual-sensor to ensure the highest level of fire protection in a home and reduce the potential for nuisance/false alarms.
And, finally, the Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray is an item that will be in our kitchen cabinets to protect against kitchen fires. It has a wider spray area and four times the power of a traditional fire extinguisher in a familiar spray design, making it easier to use. It works on paper, fabric, wood, and cooking oil, so it’s perfect to keep in a common area of the home.
Honestly? I’m hoping we never have to use any of the items mentioned in this post. If they just take up space and prove to be clutter in our home, that’s fine with me. But, chances are, one of these items will eventually keep my family safe – so they’re 100% necessary clutter to me.
You can find more information about First Alert’s entire line of home safety products at their website!
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