When other parents find out what I do for a living, they assume that I might insist my two children are wrapped in bubble wrap all the time and that my home is completely free of any chance o
f injury. While I do insist that my family wear seatbelts EVERY time they ride in a car and always use a bike helmet, I am definitely not perfect when it comes to safety practices in my home and car. That said, each year I make a New Year’s resolution. Some I’ve done a good job with like eliminating the use of plastic water bottles in our home. Others, like losing 20 lbs., are a work in progress. This year, I’m making New Year’s resolutions that I know I can commit to AND help keep my family safe at the same time. My first resolution is to change ALL the batteries in my smoke and CO detectors on January 1st so I know to replace them on January 1st, 2021. My smoke detectors batteries have been replaced at all different times and I can’t really keep track of what was replaced when. I’m also going to make sure that my smoke detectors are not expired. I recently had an incident with a (gasp) expired CO detector in my home. See, I told you that I’m far from perfect. The second resolution I’m making is to stop checking my phone AT ALL in the car. While I never text and drive, I sometimes pull up directions or podcasts or music while sitting a stoplight. It’s actually illegal to check your phone at a stop light and that’s for good reason. I’m going to put my phone in the backseat so I’m not even tempted anymore. So now that you know I’m not perfect and have a ways to improve my own safety practices, I want to know what your safety resolutions are?