The maxims of modern day parenthood are informed by one overarching need: Safety.
We are indeed, and for good reason, a safety-obsessed lot. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways for us to satisfy our thirst for security (and thepeace of mind that comes with it.
Case in point: KidSafeInc.com, an online one-stop-shop for all things safe and sound.
Here, Kid Safe founder Michael Hixson talks about the business he started 15 years ago, what you must know about hidden hazards and how you can be safe at home.
THE FAMILY GROOVE: What inspired you to start your business?
Michael Hixson: I became aware of the baby proofing business when my daughter Alison was 2 years old. It seemed like a good business idea, and a worthwhile pursuit. She is now almost 17 years old.
TFG: When do parents need to start baby proofing?
MH: Usually when the child starts to crawl, around 6 months of age. By that age, they start to explore more and get into things. You can baby proof in stages as the child matures or do it in one large step.
TFG: Your site spans the safety spectrum from babies and their nurseries to first aid, pool safety, sun safety, window safety and more. For the babyproofing novice, where does one begin?
MH: A comprehensive baby proofing checklist is a good place to start. It will list the hazards around the home, and give a good overview of what products are available to help you. We have such a list at http://www.kidsafeinc.com/category/child_safety_tips.home_child_proofing_checklist/
You will probably learn of hazards that you may not have thought of. We also have a safety tips page with numerous articles:
TFG: Parents these days are so concerned with the safety of their children yet they often miss key areas/objects in their homes. What are some overlooked hazards that we need to know about?
MH: Every year there seems to be deaths due to a child falling out of a window. Make sure that you baby-proof your windows with window stops so they open no more than 4 inches wide. A child cannot squeeze through a gap 4 inches or less. People assume that window screens will stop a toddler from falling, but they are often flimsy and can fail. Window bars can often be used on the inside of windows to prevent a child from climbing through a window.
TFG: The child safety industry is booming with inventive new ways to keep kids safe. What are some of the cooler products you’ve come across lately?
MH: The manufacturers we represent are always adding and developing new products. You can see a list of our recently added products at: http://www.kidsafeinc.com/category/new_products/
TFG: What is your proudest moment as a business owner?
MH: Our continued business growth is satisfying, but helping prevent childhood injuries is more gratifying.
TFG: What exciting things are on the horizon?
MH: We have made about 20 product videos to demonstrate the use and installation of some of our products. We will be adding more soon. It is always nice when someone emails to thank us for helping them understand a product with the video. Our videos are at the following page: http://www.kidsafeinc.com/category/product_videos/
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