Accidents can happen to a child anywhere, even at home. If their parents take no precautions, the home can be the most dangerous place for a child. Adults have the responsibility of reducing the chance of accidents happening. Here are some of the things that you should be doing to lower the chances of an accident.
Slips And Falls
The most common accidents that happen at home are usually those that involve slips and falls. For an adult, it can be an embarrassing situation, but children are a lot more fragile. A fall down the stairs can mean broken bones and more for a child. There are several precautions you can take to ensure that children are safe from this type of accident.
Falls are usually made worse by the height. To ensure that they don’t fall from great heights, don’t leave toddlers on tables, sofas, or beds. It can be surprising how good they are at getting into worse positions they can fall from. Additionally, you should ensure that windows in your child’s room are locked. A persistent child can fiddle with things and go out the window quickly. Installing a few safety barriers is a good idea, especially at the top of the stairs or on the railings of balconies.
As for slipping, avoid polished floors for children who are still finding their balance. Putting down a few rubber mats in places where your child is walking around is a good idea. For older children, ensuring that there is no clutter in public areas can help prevent accidental slips and falls.
Fire And Electrical Safety
Fire and electricity are essential parts of daily life, but they can be dangerous to your children. This is especially if they are still young and don’t know the dangers. You need to ensure that they don’t get exposed to potential injury from them. Children face various levels of danger from electricity. When they’re toddlers, they might like poking into electrical sockets or find some exposed wires. Ensuring that your electrical system doesn’t have these potential sources of danger is part of the EICR, so you should be getting an inspection report regularly. You should get one before you bring your baby home from the hospital as a precaution.
As for fire safety, the main problem would be matches and lighters. Keep these out of reach and supervise your children if they are near them. Curiosity always drives children, and they tend to get into trouble because of this. Ensuring that they don’t get in over their heads is the adult’s job at home. Another potential source of fire accidents in the kitchen, where supervision is essential. It would be best if you also were teaching them basic fire safety rules like not playing with open flames or touching hot surfaces without protection.
Children are hungry all the time. It’s their growing body demanding more nutrients for growth. While this is nice, it also means that children tend to put things in their mouths that they should not. If you leave medicines and other dangerous substances out in the open, they will put them in their mouths or drink them. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you should have a secure cabinet that children can’t reach. Floor-level cabinets are not as secure as many people think. Better to have dangerous substances on high shelves and locked.
Additionally, household cleaning products should be stored somewhere that children can’t reach. Don’t just leave them in the corner of your pantry or garage. As for cosmetics and perfumes, keep them in your room and away from children.
Besides harmful substances, children can also end up swallowing a variety of things that can end up choking them. Some items can end up strangling a child if they are not careful. It is always a good idea to note any choking hazard warning you see on toys and other products. If your child insists on playing with them, you should be supervising them so that they won’t end up putting things in their mouths. Also, take note of cords, chains, and ropes. Keep them out of reach, or a child may end up tying it around their necks.
Depending on their age and health, the accidents that can happen to a child can put them in the hospital or worse. Knowing the various dangers around the house and taking action to reduce the chances of an accident. Some of these accidents can even have long-term consequences on your child’s health. Taking safety precautions is the only sensible choice. The effort you put into keeping your child safe can be worth it.