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Family Gift Ideas for Safety

Updated on November 30, 2012

Give a Gift of Family Safety

The Holidays are a great time to give a family gift that will make the family safer.
The Holidays are a great time to give a family gift that will make the family safer. | Source

Safety Gifts

For family gift ideas, consider presents that will make the family safer. After all, there's nothing more precious to a family than its health and safety. These gifts may not be as flashy as a new pink iPod or a soft cashmere sweater, but they'll bring piece of mind, and may help prevent injuries or worse.

Below are 12 gift ideas to help make a family safer. They're perfect for Christmas gifts, house warming gifts, or any other occasion where you want to show you care.

Smoke Detectors

While an estimated 85% of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, federal officials estimate one third of them do not work. Smoke detectors wear out over time. Their useful life is typically stated on their labels, with a 10-year lifetime being common. If your family or friend's home has no smoke detectors, or you suspect they are over 10 years old, consider giving them a replacement set.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors sense the presence of poisonous CO gas. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless compound that is often referred to as a "silent killer" because it can poison people without them being aware. As with smoke detectors, the life of CO detectors is limited, with modern detectors having lifespans up to seven years long.

Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher can be the difference between a minor flareup and a major house fire. Experts recommend keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, garage and car. The fire extinguisher should be matched to the type of fire that would be likely in its location. For example, since kitchen fires often start with grease, a fire extinguisher for the kitchen should be capable of extinguishing grease fires.

Foldable Fire Escape Ladder

If you're looking for a gift for a family with a multiple-story house, consider a foldable fire escape ladder. This type of ladder would allow the family members to safely escape from a second-story bedroom without breaking an ankle.

Emergency Weather Radios Provide Alerts for Tornadoes and Other Severe Weather

Emergency Weather Radio

Emergency weather radios provide 24/7 warnings and alerts for severe weather such as tornadoes and thunderstorms. They can be programmed to monitor weather alerts only in nearby counties, and can be left on continuously to provide alerts even in the middle of the night when your family or friends are asleep.

Battery Powered Lamps

Many people inadvertently start fires when they use candles to provide light during a power outage. Buy your family or friends a battery powered lamp so they'll have a safe light-source when they lose power.

Automobile Weather Survival Kit

In many areas of the country, the elements pose a severe risk to people who get stuck in their cars in bad weather. Consider giving your family or friends an automobile weather survival kit. For cold climates, the kit could contain a flashlight, matches, candles, food, water, warm hat, socks, mittens, heat reflecting blanket, shovel, road salt, booster cables, flares and a distress flag.

New Car Tires

Many people put off buying new car tires due to their expense. Yet driving on bald tires increases the risk of accidents, particularly in wet and icy weather. If your dear family member is driving on old tires, consider paying for new car tires to make sure they have good traction the next time it rains or snows.

First-Aid or CPR Class

Most people know too little about handling injuries or other life-threatening situations. Consider enrolling your family member or friend in a first-aid or CPR class. Then he or she will be better equipped to handle these situations.

Swim Lessons

Many people drown each year simply because they never learned to swim. By giving a gift of swim lessons, you can help prevent such accidents. Of course, you'll also make it possible for your recipients to enjoy many hours of fun on and in the water once they learn.

Parental Control Software

The Internet can be a dangerous place for young children. If your family or friends have young children, consider buying them parental control software so they can protect their children from online predators.

Other Family Safety Gifts

There are many other products available that can make a family safer. Which products are most important depend on the particular family, including their home, cars, and activities. Think about their situation, and then buy an appropriate gift to improve their safety. They may not have thought of it, but it'll be one of the best presents they could imagine.

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      I like these ideas. I'm all for getting gifts that are useful. But useful in terms of safety is even better!

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      That's one of the reason these safety items make good gift ideas. We have so many demands on our money, and its easy to skip some of them.

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      hisandhers 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I think some of the best gifts are often the ones we would never think of buying for ourselves, and I always get a good feeling every time I give a gift that I know is needed and practical. These are all great suggestions especially if someone you know has just moved into a new house, or is a first-time homeowner. Voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Swim lessons are a great idea! I taught swimming for years and it is so very important. I firmly believe everyone should know how to swim. When I lived in my walk up apartment I had a foldable fire escape ladder. Thankfully I never had to use it, but it was good to have. Good hub!

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      These admittedly aren't the most romantic ideas, but being able to get out of the house safely is worth much more than most typical gifts. Thx for stopping by!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have always wanted a foldable fire escape ladder! I think it is a must for those with second story homes. Some day I may just get one for Christmas. I like all your ideas, most of them I do own. Great tips!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Very good ideas. They may not be romantic but they make a lot of sense. Getting four tires under the tree may be a challenge :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions; we have most of them. Thanks for the tips and a reminder that we can never be too safe. :)