prescription drug abuse

Baby proofing your home: 5 things you may have missed

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 9, 2014


All new parents do their best to eliminate potential hazards from their home. Sometimes, however, even the best efforts aren’t enough. Make sure you don’t miss these five frequently overlooked baby proofing items.

Mom and dad’s medicine

A child is admitted to the ER every eight minutes because of medicine poisoning. Keep prescription and over-the-counter medications locked up so babies, toddlers and older children can’t get to them. RxArmory is a safe, convenient and affordable method of securing prescription medications in the home medicine cabinet, closet, drawer or cabinet, protecting kids by eliminating the risk of availability. All new Shea Homes in Arizona come with an RxArmory medicine storage unit.

PS Packaging Front ViewTable salt

Other than the risk it poses to our blood pressure, salt seems to be a pretty harmless table-top item, right? According to Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby, table salt can pose a serious hazard to babies and infants. Just a half teaspoon of table salt ingested by an infant or a tablespoon of salt ingested by a toddler can cause damage to his central nervous system.

Recalled products

In most cases, parents need to be proactive in researching recalled products. Otherwise, you may not know which furniture, toys or even clothing could be an accident waiting to happen. Visit or or call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 for the most up to date recall information.


Large and heavy items

When you bring home a new baby, it may seem like you have all the time in the world before the little one is cruising around the house and pulling up on furniture. Unfortunately, some parents forget to tether large heavy objects like television sets and bookcases before it’s too late. A 201 study showed roughly one child is ending up in the ER every 30 minutes due to a falling television. If you have children in your home, eliminate tipping hazards by secure heavy items to a stud in the wall using brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Latex balloons

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,latex balloons are responsible for more choking deaths than any other item. Most of these fatalities are among children age 6 and younger. Keep balloons out of reach to prevent uninflated or pieces of broken latex from forming a tight seal and blocking a child’s airway. A 1995 Consumer Products Safety Commission review found that children had inhaled latex balloons whole (often while trying to inflate them) or choked on small broken balloon fragments.


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Did you know that over six thousand Americans abuse prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them for the first time every day? About one-third of these people are teens, ages 12-17, according the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

As a family-owned business, Shea Homes Arizona strives to always put family first by building safe and secure homes. Now, Shea Homes Arizona and RxArmory are partnering up to include one RxArmory medicine safe in every new Shea Home.

Shea homebuyers have the option to choose to have the RxArmory installed in an existing cabinet in the master bathroom or the kitchen, the two most common places Americans store prescription medication.

RxArmory comes in two sizes: family size and personal size. It requires no tools for installation, and once it is mounted, it cannot be removed. RxArmory is constructed with a polycarbonate material with a reinforced structural rib to increase durability and security and has a secure 4-digit combination cam lock and also a key.

rxarmory2RxArmory was developed to help promote a healthy lifestyle and deter people from abusing prescription medicine, a serious epidemic within the United States. As Shea Homes Arizona continues to evolve its homes with the most up-to-date safety features on the market, RxArmory provides a strategic environmental solution, protecting our kids by eliminating the risk of “availability.”

“I truly feel that Shea Homes are a triple threat, offering three important components that our customers are conscious of: aesthetics, functionality, and most of all, safety,” said Ken Peterson VP of Sales and Marketing at Shea Homes Arizona.

At Shea Homes, we believe in the safety and security of the home and agree with RxArmory that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard their medicines and protect children from gaining access to potentially harmful prescription medications.

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