Sometimes we get too confident that our homes are safe enough for our children. Realistically speaking, an adult-friendly home has potential hazards for your child than you can ever think of. Because your child’s safety is a priority, it is your responsibility to find the risk, prevent and remove them. If you look for tips to improve and ensure safety at home for children, here is the article for you.
As your child grows, he will start to climb and grab whatever he can with his little hands. He would begin to walk and stumble. Because your child will mostly stay at home, it is also the most commonplace for your child to be injured.
You have to change the environment at home to ensure that it remains an interesting place for play and exploration, and once they understand more things, you can also teach them about safety.
Safety at home for children
Today, the topics which we are going to cover include:
- Child safety in the living room
- Child safety in the bedroom
- Child safety in the kitchen
- Child safety in the bathroom
Let’s see how to childproof your home room by room. Your baby can wander anywhere in the house, from the living room, bedroom, kitchen to the bathroom. Let’s go over the room by room and provide tips to ensure the safety at home for children.
Child Safety in the Living Room
- Keep candles and matches out of reach. We may underestimate their ability, but a toddler can accidentally light a match and start a fire. Not only is it dangerous to start a fire at home, but there is also a risk of them chewing the wax of candles which can eventually choke them up.
- Make sure the picture frames are hung up and away. If a child manages to reach a frame, they might accidentally drop it, resulting in the glass shattering on the floor. This could cut him even if you have a carpeted floor.
- The TV must be mounted and out of reach. Children love to climb, and there is a chance that a TV can fall on them. If possible, anchor the TV on the wall and ensure the remote control does not have any missing battery cover. If your child swallows any kind of battery, get him to the emergency room quickly.
- The fireplace must be covered at all times. Fireplaces often contain small rocks which are hazardous if chewed. Also, while the flames are burning, having a heat-resistant gate can also be helpful.
- Watch out for any power strip. They can easily unplug any cord and insert any kind of metal stick. When that happens, a child will electrocute himself.
- Keep small toys out of reach. Little square toys, any round, cylindrical objects that are one inch or smaller, can block your child’s throat. These small toys can only be used when they are five years old and above.
- Any form of glass table must be protected, especially the table edges. These edges can badly cut them on the forehead or in the eye area for children who are learning how to walk. Alternatively, put the glass table out of your child’s way and put it in a room they can’t access.
Child Safety in the Bedroom
- All windows must have a guard. An opening in the window must only be up to three inches or the size of an adult fist.
- Any kind of cord such as the one you can see on window blinds can easily catch his neck in a loop and strangle them. If you are getting a window blind, make sure they are cordless.
- The dresser in the room must be anchored to the wall or the floor to avoid it from falling over your child. Nearly 15,000 children visit the emergency room because of dresser-related injuries.
- Any breakable items must be kept away from their reach.
Child Safety in the Kitchen
- The kitchen has a lot of risks, so make sure to keep it gated at all times. Having a border will prevent them from wandering in this room.
- All lower cabinets that contain cleaning products must be protected. Secure these cabinets with a magnetic lock or keep the chemicals high up instead.
- If you have a dishwasher at home, this is one thing that must also be locked too. It stores your knives that might be left with blades up.
- The microwave must also be out of reach. While your child is in the kitchen, never turn it on and then walk away. If you need to take hot food or liquids out of the microwave, make sure your child is away. The same goes for the oven.
Child Safety in the Bathroom
- A rubber sprout must cover faucets. This can protect your toddler from any kind of bruises. Install an anti-scald device on the tap to make sure that it will stop flowing once it reaches a hazardous temperature.
- Keep the doors from closing. This does not only apply in the bathroom but to all the doors in the house. A child can easily cut their fingers with doors slamming shut. Put a towel over at the top to avoid it from completely closing.
- After using the bathroom, always wipe the floor with a mop. Water on the floor can slip anyone, and the worst thing that can happen is someone hitting their heads or face because of it or break an arm.
- Never leave the toilet seat open. A toddler can easily reach the top and put their head into it. Children can easily fall over and not get themselves up, which can result in drowning. Installing a toilet latch can save you from these troubles.
Childproof your home three months before your due date is recommended because once the baby comes out, even if most of the time they’ll be sleeping in their cribs, you will be so busy that you won’t have the time to do home improvement.
Otherwise, if you haven’t done it yet, keep your child safe at home by allocating the time to check all possible risks and fix them as soon as possible.
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