VOL. 110 | NO. 95 | Tuesday, May 14, 1996
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Not just for aspirin bottles
Safe Kids Show Home has child-proof, injury reducing features
By LAURIE JOHNSON
The Daily News
This summer, Memphis builders and homeowners can learn how to make a home a more friendly place for children.
June 1 marks the opening of the Safe Kids Show Home, a joint venture between Le Bonheur Childrens Medical Center, the Mid-South Safe Kids Coalition and builder Marty Roberts, president of Martin Builders.
Located in CordovaThe Town at 8556 Macon Road, the Safe Kids Show Home will serve as a showcase for ideas and gadgets aimed at preventing childhood injury.
The purpose of the home is to reduce the number of preventable home accidents by educating home industry professionals, real estate agents and homeowners on ways to build, purchase and maintain safe homes.
National statistics show that every year, 5 million children under the age of 15 are seriously injured in the home. Nearly 300,000 children, primarily under the age 5, are killed or are left with permanent disabilities because of home accidents. In Memphis, Le Bonheur treats about 12,000 injured children each year.
"We see entirely too many children in the hospital that are injured, and this small step will hopefully prevent some of those injuries," said Ed Coleman, spokesman for Le Bonheur.
Built from the ground up with children in mind and outfitted with the latest in home safety ideas, the Safe Kids home is the first of its kind in the Mid-South.
The 3,250-square-foot home will feature more than three dozen child-oriented safety features, Roberts said.
Some of these include protective corners on kitchen cabinets, pocket gates across stairways, scald-proof faucets, nonskid surfaces in bathtubs, toilet safety latches, window guards, fire escape ladders and electrical socket guards. The stairways will have both child- and adult-height handrails.
"The vast majority of these ideas can also be put into an existing home," Roberts said.
The focus on safety will extend into the yard, which will be landscaped with nonpoisonous plants and fertilized with organic materials rather than chemicals. The pickets of the picket fence will not have points.
The Mid-South Safe Kids coalition, headquartered at Le Bonheur, also will feature weekly seminars at the show home on a variety of safety and injury prevention topics, including auto safety, poison prevention, sports safety and preparing a safe environment for new babies.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support Le Bonheurs child injury program.
"Not only will the Safe Kids Show Home be a great fund-raiser for injury prevention efforts at Le Bonheur, it will also serve as an educational tool to educate families throughout Memphis and the Mid-South on the importance of incorporating injury prevention ideas either in their existing homes or in homes they may have under construction," Coleman said.
Roberts said although the injury prevention measures are the primary focus of the show home, they are not the only aspects of the Victorian-style farmhouse.
"Even without the safety features, its a very worthy, enjoyable home to look at. Its very rich architecturally, and the safety ideas are a great added benefit," Roberts said.
Archimania P.C. of Memphis is the project architect, and Rhea Crenshaw Interiors completed the interior design of the home. The project developer is Ray Gill Properties.
The 3,250-square-foot home is valued at $356,000 and will be offered for sale through Pyramid Realtors at the conclusion of the show, Roberts said.
Architectural renderings of the Safe Kids Show Home are available from the public relations office at Le Bonheur.
Kroger and Johnson & Johnson are presenting sponsors of the show home, and the Home Builders Association of Memphis Registered Builder Program is also a participant in the project.
The Safe Kids Show Home opens June 1 and will be open each Thursday through Sunday during the month of June from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Admission prices will be $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children ages 5-18. Children under the age 5 will be admitted free, and family tickets will be $12.
Safe Kids Show Home Seminar Schedule:
June 6 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Poison Prevention
June 11 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Baby Safety
June 13 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Safe Bathrooms
June 20 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Car Safety
June 25 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Baby Safety
June 27 11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sports Safety