Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate

Posted by Thomas Murphy on 2/14/2016

If you were to guess which area in your home poses the most safety hazards, what would be your answer?  The kitchen?  The basement? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet. By taking some simple steps in your own bathroom, you can cut the risk of serious injury to yourself and your loves ones dramatically.

  • Install support railings right outside of your tub.
  • Put down an anti-slippage mat on the floor of your tub.
  • Take extra care when using electrical outlets in your bathroom. Install a hand towel holder next to outlets, and get in the habit of making sure your hands are dried before plugging and unplugging electrical devices.
  • Be sure that bathroom rugs around your toilet and sink have excellent anti-slip capabilities, and replace your rugs when they become worn.
After following these steps, re-evaluate your bathroom. Can you find anything else that may pose a danger?

Posted by Thomas Murphy on 11/18/2012

Bringing home baby can be stressful but making sure your home is safe for baby is a part of being a new parent. You may think that there isn't much a newborn can do or get into but before you know it your tiny little baby will be toddling around and getting into everything. Here are some quick baby proofing tips to get you started: -Check the crib slats and make sure they are no further than 2 3/8th inches apart. -No soft bedding, blankets or toys in the cribs which can cause suffocation. -Remove hanging cords and secure them from window blinds and treatments. -Plug all electrical outlets. -Set the water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. -Install locking lids on all toilets. -Store poisons, including medications in a high cabinet. All medications and toxic chemicals should also have safety lids. -Use foam corners to soften all the hard and sharp corners of tables, the hearth etc. -Install baby proof locks on drawers and cabinets. -Door locks and hinge protectors are also good ideas for doors to rooms and closets. These are just a few tips for baby proofing your home. You can find more information on how to keep kids safe from the American Academy of Pediatrics at

Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/21/2011

Halloween is just around the corner and knowing how to have fun and stay safe is important. Dressing up in costumes and eating lots of candy is fun but follow these important safety tips for a ghoulishly good time: Young children should never go trick or treating without an adult. Older children should never trick or treat alone, they should always have at least two buddies. Plan your trick or treat route before you go. Carry at least one flashlight and check the batteries. Take a cellular phone and watch with you if possible. Wear flame retardant costumes. Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it. Never go inside a house, only accept treats in the doorway. Be weary of strangers trying to talk to you. Walk, do not run. Make sure to stay on sidewalks. Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk. Only visit homes that have their lights on. Following these safety tips and common sense will help you make the most of your Halloween season. Please share some of your own Halloween tips and tricks for keeping the holiday enjoyable.

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