ADT Safety Tips: Keep Kids Safe at Home

    Professionals Urge Parents to Take Essential Safety Precautions to Make
Their Homes Summer Safe

    BOCA RATON, Fla., April 15 /CNW/ -- Each year about 2,000 children
between the ages of 1 and 14 die and more than 3 million are injured as a
result of home accidents, according to a leading consumer safety organization.
Most of these deaths and injuries occur during the spring and summer months,
when kids are home from school and parents are away.


    "As children spend more time at home during summer break, parents should
ask themselves if they are doing everything they can to keep kids safe at
home," said Anne-Marie Rouse, with ADT Security Services. "It's easy to get
into vacation mode and forget about home dangers that put kids at risk."

    Rouse urged parents to remember that a home can be a very dangerous place
for children if safety and security measures are overlooked. She suggests the
following tips to help protect children:
    --  Lock up all matches and lighters and blow out candles when you leave
        the room or go to sleep. Never leave young children unattended near an
        open flame.
    --  Always supervise young children around water. Never allow older
        siblings to supervise children in or around water.
    --  To help prevent children from falling out of upper level windows
        install specially designed locks. Teach older children how to lock and
        unlock windows in an emergency.
    --  Help prevent poisoning by removing all medicines from purses, pockets
        and drawers. Lock all medications and household products in a cabinet
        with a child safety lock and keep cosmetics out of reach of small
    --  According to the Canada Safety Council, the best defense against
        gas leaks and other emergencies is a well-rehearsed escape plan. While
        children are home for summer break take advantage of this time to
        create and practice your evacuation plan.
    --  Consider a monitored home security system, including monitored smoke
        and carbon monoxide detectors. These can detect dangerous levels of
        harmful CO and smoke and then alert a monitoring center which notifies
        first responders, giving them vital, specific information about
        young children, seniors and disabled people in the home.  Many systems
        can also be programmed to "chirp" when a protected door or window is
        opened, which can also alert parents to a child's whereabouts or

    Rouse wants parents to know that they can reduce their children's chances
of accidental injury and even death by making home safety the top priority on
their summer to-do list.

    She said, "Home should be a safe haven and we hope these safety tips will
help parents create safer, happier, more secure homes for their families."

    About ADT Security Services:
    ADT Security Services is a unit of Tyco International and part of ADT
Worldwide, the world's largest security provider. In North America, ADT
provides electronic security services to nearly five million commercial,
government and residential customers. ADT's total security solutions include
intrusion, fire protection, video systems, access control, critical condition
monitoring, home health services, electronic article surveillance, radio
frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT's government and
commercial customers include a majority of the nation's Fortune 500 companies,
all U.S. federal courthouses and over 70 mid to large airports. Headquartered
in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT has more than 24,000 employees at approximately
240 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More ADT information is at


For further information:

For further information: Bob Tucker of ADT Security Services,
+1-561-988-3619, Web Site:

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