13 Steps for Child-Proofing Your Home

Each year, children are injured by hazards in and around the home. The good news is that the risk of injury can be reduced or prevented with caution and the use of child-safety devices.

In General

1. Never leave a baby alone for even a minute unless he is in a crib or playpen

2.  Be extra alert in the kitchen and bathroom, which are prime accident spots.

3.  Remember that a small child doesn’t see things the same way you do. Take a crawling tour of your home, and note what’s on the floor – dog bowls, electrical cords, dust bunnies, etc.

In The Kitchen

4.  Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers. Place anything you know to be dangerous out of reach of children or locked up

5.  Use the stove’s back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children

6.  Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.

Around The House

7.  Use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs and keep children from entering rooms with possible dangers. Look for gates that children cannot dislodge easily. For the top of stairs, only use gates that screw to the wall

8.  Doorknob covers and door locks also help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas that are off limits. Be sure the doorknob cover is sturdy, and allows a door to be opened quickly by an adult in case of emergency

9.  Outlet covers help prevent electrical shock and possible electrocution. Be sure outlet protectors cannot be easily removed by children and are large enough so that children cannot choke on them

10.  Window blinds that have an inner cord (for raising the slats of the blinds) can be pulled by a child and form a potentially deadly loop. Replace these types of blinds immediately.

11.  Use window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings. Make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained. If you have window guards, at least one window in each room must be easily accessed for escape in a fire

12.  Injuries can occur when children climb onto, fall against, or pull themselves up on bookcases, dressers, shelves, desks, chests and ranges. Anchor furniture, TVs and ranges to the floor or attach them to a wall. For added security, free-standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets

13.  Install a barrier that completely surrounds the pool or spa. It must include a 4-foot tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates. If the house serves as a side of the barrier, doors heading to the pool should have an alarm, or the pool should have a power safety cover.

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A new home has the latest environmentally friendly, cost-saving, advanced technology materials and appliances. They are designed to save you money on your monthly utility bills. Visit any American West community and discover all the eHome features included in your new American West home.

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New homes are built with the latest safety standards and building codes as well as the newest building materials. They have passed inspections and conform to the most current building codes.

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Rates remain at near-record lows. American West’s Preferred Lenders have been hand selected to ensure that our homebuyers receive the best possible loan.

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With a new American West home, you choose your homesite. You choose your exterior elevation, color scheme of your home and your front yard landscaping. These are features usually only found in custom homes. A new home also allows you to choose the room configurations, countertop colors, cabinet colors, and flooring that you want in the interior of your new home. Who wants to have to spend time changing someone else’s tastes or settle for someone else’s choices?

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Some reasons why you should choose not only to buy a NEW home but to buy a new home built by American West:

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SAFETY – New homes are built with the latest materials, have passed inspections, and conform to current building codes. The same cannot be said for a resale home.

YOUR CHOICES – Choose your own flooring, finishes, appliances and colors. Who wants to spend time changing someone else’s taste? And with American West, you also get to choose your homesite, exterior style and color and front yard landscaping.

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The Importance of Drowning Prevention

It’s that time of year when more and more families are spending time in swimming pools. Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in Southern Nevada for young children. There was a total of 96 fatal drownings in Southern Nevada between 2000 and 2012. That’s an average of 7 child drownings each year.

Constant adult supervision is essential to preventing childhood drowning. These tragedies often occur while a caregiver is at home and there is a brief lapse of supervision.

A drowning can occur in seconds, in any water that cover’s a child’s nose and mouth including pools/spas, inflatable pools, bathtubs, toilets, buckets or natural bodies of water. It is extremely important for everyone to remember the simple rules to stay safe around the water.

THE A B C & D’S OF DROWNING PREVENTION:

A is for Adult Supervision

B is for Barriers (for your pool)

C is for Classes (Swim Lessons & CRP)

D is for Devices (PFD’s/Life Jackets and Rescue Tools)

It is also a smart idea to make sure you have a phone by the pool. In the case of an emergency, you do not want to have to run back into the house to look for a phone.

The ABC & D’s of Drowning Prevention

Have a safe and happy summer!

The Top Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Buy a NEW Home

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

New homes have the latest environmentally-friendly, cost-saving, advanced technology materials and appliances. The energy conservation features in all of American West’s homes are numerous and included in your new home. Visit today and experience the benefits of our eHome.

SAFETY

New homes are built with the latest materials, have passed inspections, and conform to current building codes. The same cannot be said for a resale home.

YOUR CHOICES

Choose your own flooring, finishes, appliances and colors. Who wants to spend time changing someone else’s tastes?

LOW INTEREST RATES

Rates remain at near-record lows; lock in a payment that fits your budget.

GREAT SELECTION

American West offers a variety of new home designs at our 9 new home communities located throughout the Las Vegas valley.

IT’S YOUR HOME

It’s more than a house – it’s a place to raise your family, build a sense of pride, make memories and call your own.

Let us help make your dream of a new home come true today. Visit our website to view all of our new home designs and communities. For questions or additional information, call (702) 308-1111.

 

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