Tackle It Tuesday – Home Safety Month

Tackle It Tuesday

Lolli here…

Today is my kids’ last day of school for the season. Tomorrow we wake up to summer break (and you’d better believe I’ll be turning all of my alarms off!). Summer for me means more time outside AND more people in the house for more hours every day.

Since my kids are all school aged right now (elementary school, middle school, and high school), they practically spend more time away from the house than they do at home. Now that everyone is home for the summer, I really do need to start thinking differently. How perfect that June is Home Safety Month. It’s time for ALL of us to take a closer look at how safe our home environment is.

Making a home safer doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing. Learn as much as you can about how to make a home free from dangers and assess the risks of others who live there. Then take the time to update your safety products and home safety plan. Safety really can be simple.

This week, I was invited to take a free home safety audit from Kidde. When I started the questions, I honestly expected to do pretty well. Boy was I shocked to score a low 57% safe on my audit. I obviously have a LOT of things to take care of around my house to make it more safe for the kids.

Now that I’ve completed my home audit, I’ve made a list of the things that I need to replace, fix, or buy new. Here are a few of the things high on my list:

  • Replace all batteries in smoke detectors and check all dates
  • Buy smoke detectors for rooms that don’t have them (especially bedrooms)
  • Purchase a rod to block the sliding glass door from being opened
  • Reorganize the medicine cabinets and make sure that all of the medicines have childproof lids AND are out of reach
  • Buy escape ladders for the bedrooms

A few minutes of repair today can save a trip to the doctor tomorrow.

Special Tackle It Tuesday Giveaway!

We’re giving away an Intelligent Alarm (a $40 value), which uses breakthrough technology to offer a fast response to real fires, alerts you to carbon monoxide dangers and dramatically reduces the chance of nuisance alarms. This giveaway will end on June 19, 2012.

Enter to win the Intelligent Alarm using the Rafflecopter form below. Visit Kidde to take the free Home Safety Audit and let us know what areas of your home need attention.

NOTE: You can participate in this week’s Tackle It Tuesday link-up without entering the giveaway, and you do not need to participate in the link-up to be eligible to win the Intelligent Alarm. Do one or do both!

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Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to lolli.5m4m at gmail (link in the About Lolli section at the bottom of the post). Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Written by Lolli. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: Kidde sponsored this giveaway. I received a gift card to help me get my house up to safety standards. All opinions, including audit questions and results, are my own.

Photo source: Smoke detector photo from BigStock Photo. The happy summer kid photo was taken by me.


  1. Amber Smith says

    Wow, I only scored a 48% on this even though I thought I was mrs. safety, lol. Apparently there are numerous rooms in my home that present safety issues that I need to correct. Very interesting survey which has opened my eyes to quite a few issues I need to improve upon.

  2. Harmony B says

    We only need to fix a few things
    You scored 73% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Silver Medalist!
    Nice job! You care about safety but may have forgotten to fix a few things

  3. Anne Lehnick says

    We apparently need to replace our smoke detectors. Didn’t realize you needed to do that every 10 years.

  4. says

    Lolli thank you for the insight on home safety. I guess i don’t think about it as much as i should. I will be taking the test and fixing what ever needs it. Thank you again.

  5. says

    You scored 68% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist!

    We need ladders for the upstairs windows and to practice our fire safety plan more often.

  6. Ann Fantom says

    I took the Kidde Home Audit Survey:

    We scored 57% on the audit. We are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist

    We need to get safety ladders for our 2nd story rooms

  7. Richelle says

    I scored 57% too. Bronze :( I need to work on child safety surprisingly. I was a little confused since my children are kind of past the age where they need soft corners and door knob locks. Geeze, maybe they aren’t.

  8. Laura Jacobson says

    It said that I am a Home Safety Spectator. Scarey. Lots of thing in the quiz that I have not thought of. Good info!
    I got work to do now!

  9. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I forgot which room…I need to actually work on the whole house with the electrical cords and checking all the lights for maximum wattages!

  10. says

    I have never used a fire extinguisher. I have one, but have never practiced using one and actually pulling the trigger, I just have practiced without actually pulling it for real.

  11. Candice Hull says

    68%–wow. We don’t have any carbon monoxide detectors and live in a really old house that is all gas. Need to get more fire extinguishers too. The computer room with all the cables could use some work too. I’m living in a death trap!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Pauline Milner says

    Actually, I found that we are well covered in all areas. We are a very safety concious household.
    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

  13. Jennifer says

    “You scored 33% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Spectator!”
    Yikes.. I think I have a lot to work on – everywhere! :(

  14. Wendy says

    “You scored 65% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Bronze Medalist!” We need to plug in our carbon monoxide detector, which we haven’t since moving.

  15. Erin E says

    I need more fire extinguishers. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    Erin E
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

  16. Lindsey says

    Wow! I scored a 60%! It seems we need to have a little more childproofing and check our alert systems more often.

  17. Jeremy S says

    I scored 73% and it said “You care about safety but may have forgotten to fix a few things along the way.”
    jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

  18. Renee Richardson says

    You scored 40% on this audit. You are a Home Safety Spectator!
    I know my kitchen needs a lot of attention. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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