Keeping Safe in All Conditions

As a parent you do all you can to keep your family safe and protected. Many people cover the everyday things like installing baby locks, outlet covers, and gating off stairways, but few think about the bigger problems until they strike. Then it is often too late.

Power Outages

A generator is always the best solution to any power outage, but not every family has one. Keep flashlights on hand along with plenty of extra batteries. Today’s battery operated home décor can also come in handy when the lights go out. Take advantage of these pieces. Avoid real candles when small children are around. Turn your refrigerator into a large cooler by purchasing bags of ice to place inside. Open the door only when absolutely necessary.


Every bedroom, hallway, and other major rooms of the house should have a working smoke alarm. Instruct children on how to get out of the house when they go off. Keep an emergency escape ladder from online stores like Resqladder in each bedroom on the second floor to make evacuation easier. Have the entire family agree on a safe place where they will be able to gather once they have safely exited the house. This could be at a neighbor’s house or a nearby parking lot.


Tornados often catch families off guard. Don’t let this happen to you and your loved ones. Make sure everyone knows where to go when disaster strikes. Basements are ideal, but if your home doesn’t have one, find an interior room on the first floor to take cover in. Have an emergency kit put together ahead of time and placed in the area you have designated to be safe. Battery operated weather radios are a must. These let you know when it is safe to come out from your shelter and alert you to any more danger.

By preparing for these situations ahead of time you are keeping your family safe and sound. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes allows you to stay calm and focused. Remember that children are never too young to learn what their part is in each plan. You don’t want to scare them, but you do want them to know how to stay protected.

How to Pick the Best Living Room Decor for a Busy Family

If you have a large family, you know how much wear and tear the bustle of everyday life can cause. Whether you have a number of small children, teenagers, adults, or a group of multiple ages, a large and busy family needs furniture that can stand up to heavy use and stay good looking in the face of a hectic lifestyle. This is especially true when you’re talking about your living room, which is the room where families spend the majority of their time. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can decorate your living room in a way that will meet your busy family’s needs.

First, prioritize the uses and needs of your family, and choose your furniture to reflect the lifestyle you lead. For example, if you all like to sit and watch television together as a family, organize the seating in a way that allows the maximum number of people to face the screen. This will make family movie nights more comfortable and fun. On the other hand, if you’re a family that makes music or hosts parties together, arrange your furniture to that end.

As for the color scheme, take a somewhat democratic approach. Try to find a decor that appeals to everyone in the family, or at least does not repel anyone. Choose colors that promote calm and relaxation, which can minimize friction in a large household. Cool colors with an undertone of blue are the best to promote peace in a busy, hustling house. Add decorative elements that also lend a relaxing air, like potted plants, and a small, soothing fountain. This will help to make your living room a more comfortable and cozy place.

Finally, make sure that the furniture you choose is high quality. A large family takes a heavy toll on furniture, and quality pieces are less expensive in the long run. Choose tasteful, well-made collections like Donny Osmond Home from a reputable company like Kerbys Furniture for furniture that will last. Pick neutral colors and fabrics that can hide wear and tear, and take care of your furniture with regular cleanings. Good living room furniture can be an investment in the quality of your home.

Your family deserves to have a living room where they can relax and enjoy themselves. The right decor and furniture will make it happen.

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