Medicine CabinetYour medicine cabinet is not meant to be a storage area for all of the medicines that your child has ever been prescribed. For whatever reason, parents do seem to end up having left-over or half used prescriptions in their medicine cabinet though. Spring cleaning is a good time for a medicine cabinet clean out to get rid of them and any expired over-the-counter medicines that you may have.
Smoke & CO DetectorsIf you didn't replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the start or end of daylight saving time, now is a good time to do it. It is also a good time to test your smoke alarms and CO detectors, although you should be doing that each and every month.
You can also this time as a reminder to review and rehearse your family's fire escape plan.
Broken ToysMany parents use spring cleaning as an excuse to go through and get rid of toys that their kids no longer play with, but you can also use it as a time that you check the toys that they do still play with and get rid of those that are broken and can't be repaired. When considering toy safety, you should be especially watchful for:
- splinters or sharp edges on wooden toys
- weak or loose parts that could fall off and become a choking hazard
- broken pieces
- leaking batteries
- loose screws and bolts, especially on things like playground equipment and ride on toys (bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.)
- loose or exposed wires in electrical toys