SOURCE: Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC)

January 31, 2007 11:44 ET

Parents Reminded to Check Their Homes for Safety This Month

Keep Loved Ones Safe and Sound With Small Precautions Around the Home

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 31, 2007 -- Before temperatures rise and spring is upon us, take the time to savor all the reasons we love winter -- snowmen, hot chocolate, the warm crackle of the fireplace. Winter is also the perfect time to ensure your home is as safe as possible for your loved ones.

Family activities are often limited to the indoors as the mercury drops towards its coldest marks of the year. With more time spent inside, home & child safety expert and best-selling author Debra Holtzman encourages parents to follow these simple steps to keep your home safe:

-- Install battery-operated Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in the hallway of each separate sleeping area. In addition, place one at least 15 feet from any fuel-burning appliance, the proper installation, operation, and maintenance of which are the most important factors in reducing the risk of CO poisoning.

-- Place space heaters and other heat sources at least three feet away from all flammable material. Never leave a child unattended in a room with an operating fireplace, wood stove or space heater.

-- Curious youngsters race to the windows to watch fresh snow fall. Be sure your window coverings are up to date with the latest safety features. Those manufactured before 2001 can pose a potential strangulation hazard. Replace them with today's safer, cordless products, especially in children's bedrooms and play areas. Parents wishing to retrofit rather than replace can order free retrofit kits from the Window Covering Safety Council's Web site,, or by calling 1-800-506-4636.

-- Prepare for winter storms with three days worth of disaster supplies. Include water, nonperishable foods, baby supplies, all necessary medication, a manual can opener, flashlights, a radio, blankets, and batteries.

"Winter can be a fun time for families, but it is imperative parents take steps towards ensuring a safe home environment for their young ones," says Holtzman. "By following these simple precautions, parents and caregivers can feel confident that children can enjoy their homes to the fullest, without risk of potential injury."

Attn. Editors: Debra Holtzman, J.D, M.A, a renowned child safety and health expert and best-selling author of the book "The Safe Baby: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Home Safety" (Sentient Publications, 2005), is available to offer viewers crucial tips about potential safety issues in the home.

To schedule an interview with Ms. Holtzman or for more information on safety in the home, please contact Victoria Livadas, at 212.297.2129 or

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