The Big Red Safety Box

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Local mom Brandi shares a free resource for families with children with special needs.

My son (6) has Autism, Developmental Delay, and Disruptive Behavior Disorder. He loves to run, and doesn’t recognize when he is in a dangerous situation. For my family, we realized the need for some sort of safety-net when my 2 year old stood by the window, looking outside and calling his brother’s name. As I walked over to the window to take a look for myself I said “why are you calling him, he isn’t out there? Daddy is out there cutting grass.” Much to my dismay (and surprise) my 6 year old son had unlocked the door and ran outside to meet his dad on the mower. Thankfully, my 2 year old had saved his brother from a possible tragedy.

After our close call, I started searching for something, anything, to notify us each time the door was opened. Or, at the very least, deter my son from opening the door and going out again. That is when I discovered the Big Red Safety Box®. When our box arrived, approximately 4-6 weeks later, I couldn’t open it fast enough.


What is The Big Red Safety Box®?

The Big Red Safety Box® is a resource program for families with individuals with Autism. It is a grant program, however, they ask that if you are able to Pay It Forward that you do so via donation. Every donation helps to provide these life-saving resources to other families in need. $35 will cover the cost of providing a Big Red Safety Box® at no charge to a family in need.

What’s in The Big Red Box?

Educational materials
Two (2) Door/Window Alarms
One (1) MedicAlert Bracelet or Pendant, and One (1) Shoe ID tag
Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts
Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home
One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The door alarms are, by far, the most used item in our house. They are used every day in our house; we even took them on vacation with us. We simply used the 3MTM Command Adhesive Strips to put them on the doors at the beach house (especially the door going out to the pool, YIKES!) The strips allowed us to remove them at the end of the week with no signs of the alarms left behind. My second favorite item in the box is the Safety Alert Window Clings for the car. This is a great tool because it alerts first responders, in case of an accident, that my son may not respond to any verbal commands if the driver is physically unable to provide this information. The Child ID Kit is another great tool. It is always a good idea to have your child registered with a program such as this one in case they are ever missing. You will not have to dig for a picture of them because it will already be on file as well as any pertinent information such as Autism or other special needs.

What I don’t love about The Big Red Box®

But even The Big Red Box® isn’t perfect. The Safety Alert Wristband is a rubber wristbands, way too big for many small kids, including my 6 year old. For us, we use a key chain to attach the wristband to his backpack. We also don’t use the laminated adhesive stop signs very often. Mostly because we haven’t felt a need for those yet, but it is great to know we have them in case we need them.Overall, the Big Red Box® is a great program and has given us a huge sense of safety. If our son decides to ignore the alarm, at least we will know that he has opened the door and possibly gone outside. For us, that’s huge!

To apply for a Big Red Safety Box® visit

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Meet Brandi Crum
Brandi is a mom of 6 year old twins and a 3 year old. SheI works a full time job outside of the home and a part time job from home. There is nothing she loves more than spending time with her family. She loves to be outside (preferably at the beach). One of her twins has Autism so she is an experienced special needs mom that loves to encourage her son to try new things and push him to reach new heights. Brandi and her husband of 11 years have lived in Easley their whole lives and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
About the Author
Elizabeth Faulkner, her husband and two young daughters moved back to Greenville in 2013 after spending over a decade in Charlotte and 3 years in the Dallas, Texas area. When first arriving in our area she spent four years working with the staff at Kidding Around Greenville. During that time, she was able to explore the area and build a wealth of local knowledge about all things family related! Prior to working at KAG she spent many years working in marketing at several large corporations, including Verizon Wireless and Strayer University. With her local knowledge, marketing skills and history of buying and selling homes in various states she decided to transition to a career in real estate. Elizabeth is now in her 5th year working as a local real estate agent and is loving every minute of it! In her real estate career, Elizabeth enjoys meeting new people and helping them achieve their housing goals. She loves helping families moving into the area learn their way around the Upstate and find the right spot for them. She also enjoys helping folks who have been here for years sell their home and move on to their next home or phase of life! Elizabeth takes great pride in working hard and providing top-notch service to her clients. Her goal is to make the buying and selling process a smooth one for each and every client she serves! To contact Elizabeth, call 864.414.2434.

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