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Home Living : November 27th 2012
CHILD SAFETY HAZARD-PROOF YOUR HOME KEEP LITTLE VISITORS SAFE OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON You can block off a dedicated area for children to play in. Right: Dreambaby's floating green crocodile is a fun thermometer and safe toy. Details: visit dreambaby.com.au. Be part of their child safety conversation at facebook.com/Dreambabysafety REFRESH SKILLS Red Cross is highlighting the need for Australians to refresh their first aid skills for the festive season. Two-thirds of Australians could put their families at risk this summer with outdated first aid procedures. A Red Cross College pool found that although many people said they knew first aid techniques, 50 per cent of people would make the wrong first aid choices in any life-threatening scenarios. Outdoor activities, hot weather and increased time in or near water all contribute to higher accident rates,'' says Red Cross College general manager training services Chris Casey. We, as a nation, are ready and willing to step up in an an emergency situation, however many people are not up-to-date with current life-saving thinking, potentially endangering our loved ones,'' he says. Details: redcross.org.au CHRISTMAS festivity means getting together with loved ones but it is also a time to take special care as many homes need child-proofing. Carolyn Ziegler, product de- velopment manager of Aust- ralian child safety brand Dreambaby, says we often don't think of securing homes for visitors, which can lead to acci- dents with children. ''The first thing to do before anyone arrives is to get down on all fours and look up at the world from the point of view of a crawling child. Its amazing the hidden dangers you will ident- ify,'' says Ms Ziegler. She says start by blocking off power points with outlet plugs and move sharp objects, knives, poisons and medicine out of reach and watch out for sharp corners on tables. ''Place corner cushions on these corners in case a child falls on them. Put (removable) adhesives around corners.'' Move furniture off balconies and install furniture straps. If you have a non-wall mounted TV, install a flat screen saver. TERRACOTTA TREATS SMART IDEAS THIS Christmas, why not look to everyday household items for gift inspiration? Terracotta pots can make unique gifts or gift holders. Although these containers are usually used to hold plants, a decorated terracotta pot can make a quirky addition to a plain shelf, desk or table. Here are a few creative ideas: Encourage the kids to get involved and paint the pots in their favourite designs. Use the pots to store homemade goodies or gifts -- fill with spices and herbs, sweet treats, hand-made candles or soaps. Build a unique terra-Christmas tree. Stack a range of pots upside down from largest to smallest, then glue together and paint a vibrant green. Make terracotta patio lights using basic items and Dremel tools. Look under 'how to' on dremel.com for full instructions. Make a bird bath using a pot and saucer. Flip the pot upside down to serve as base, sit the saucer on top and fill with water. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c Gas & Wood Fireplaces AGA Rayburn Cookers Butler Sinks & Traditional Tapware CHEMINEE 118 Stanmore Road, Stanmore NSW 2048 Ph: 9564 2694 Fax: 9569 8802 www.cheminee.com.au FIREPLACES 2096269 7/8 • Homes • Apartments • Shops • Offices • Clubs • Pubs • Factories • Schools Manufacturer Direct The Great Protector Against: • Intruders • Noise • Heat • Cold • Storms • Bushfires See Through Polycarbonate, Brick Pattern & Heavy Duty Roller Grilles 9718 9988 Factory & Showroom: 49 Drummond Street, Belmore www.advancedshutters.com.au 'The Original Since 1976' 2023520 27/11 Renovating? Redecorating? Our Home section has the inspiration you need. 3AMMUT 3TREET 3MITHFIELD WWW GLIDEROL COM &/2 ! &2%% -%!352% 15/4% #!,, o -ANUFACTURERS OF RESIDENTIAL ROLLERS DOORS o 3ECTIONAL OVERHEAD DOORS o !UTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS 2059752i 11/01 Phone: 1300 800 118 Email: email@example.com www.woodnation.com.au 2161248 6/11 Plantation Shutters * Venetian Blinds * Roller Blinds Factory Direct Prices Compare & Save FREE Measure & Quote for Plantation Shutters Buy Blinds online today from our secure website Australia wide delivery for blinds Save up to 30% ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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