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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Organizing Your Family's Safety Plan

It's Thursday again and time for more organizing. Many people are especially motivated to organize as the New Year is just around the corner. Did you have a nice Christmas? I hope that you did:)

If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.  


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                          Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                        Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE
Week 30 about Organizing the Medicine Cabinet HERE.
Week 31 about Organizing Your Child's Clothes and Closet HERE.
Week 32 about Organizing Your Child's Memorabilia HERE.
Week 33 about Organizing Your Child's Bedroom HERE.
Week 34 about Organizing Your Bedroom Closet HERE
Week 35 about Organizing Your Memorabilia HERE
Week 36 about Organizing Your Master Bedroom HERE
Week 37 about Organizing Your Jewelry, Accessories and Purses HERE.
Week 38 about Organizing your Home Office HERE 
Week 39 about Organizing the Linen Closet HERE.
Week 40 about Organizing the Basement HERE.
Week 41 about Organizing the Attic HERE.
Week 42 about Organizing the Garage HERE.
Week 43 about Organizing the Yard and Garden HERE.
Week 44 about Organizing Your Holiday HERE.
Week 45 about Organizing Your Party HERE
Week 46 about Organizing Your Trip HERE. 
Week 47 about Organizing Your Move HERE.
Week 48 about Organizing Your Back To School Time HERE
Week 49 about Organizing Your Pregnancy HERE 
Week 50 about Organizing Your Nursery HERE

This week we are organizing our family's safety plan. Do you have one in place? I will be honest to say that my family really did not until I started working on this post. We have a family meeting in place (that will have happened by the time this post is up) to talk to our young kids about what to do in case of a fire, if they get lost, how to call for help, etc. We never expect emergencies like these to happen, but we should be prepared in case they do.

This Week's Goals:

1. Check the batteries on your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. It's a good idea to replace them twice a year. We like to do this during Day Light Savings so we always remember.

2. Figure out a fire safety plan. I know my fire-fighter brother will be mortified to learn from this post that we had not really talked too much about this. We have since this post though. Every person should have two exit routes from their bedroom. And choose a meeting place outside where everyone will go once they are out of the house. Pick something close but not too close, like a large tree near the front yard. If you have young children, take them on a tour of the local fire station. The firefighters are excellent about reviewing a plan and helping kids to understand what to do (and what not to do) in case of a fire. They should know to drop to the ground to crawl if there is smoke and cover their nose and mouth with a cloth or shirt, etc. They should also know not to hide in a closet or under the bed, where it would be difficult for a firefighter to find them. If you take them on a tour, they will get to see a firefighter in their gear, so your child will not be afraid of them if they are dressed like that in your home.

3. Go around your house with a video camera to make a video inventory of what you have in case it is lost in a fire or burglary.

4. Put all emergency numbers near your phone. Be sure your kids and babysitters are aware of this list.

5. Make an emergency kit for your family. You could put things like a flashlight, batteries, candles, matches, first-aid supplies, blanket etc in it.


1. Know who your kids are spending time with - neighbors, babysitters, family members, friends. Communicate with your kids so they know they can come to you if they are uncomfortable or scared.

What other tips do you have to share?

Remember to visit me on Facebook soon! If you are looking to lose weight in the new year, take a look at my new Shaklee 180 Website. I am looking for a team to take the 180 Challenge with me and get healthy in 2013! Super exciting!!!

Thanks for reading and I am wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!!


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