>> Sep 8, 2015
Children adore playing and they can’t seem to get enough of it. That would be just fine, if it wasn’t for unintentional injuries putting parent’s nerves on edge. Outdoors is full of potential dangers, but many people overlook the biggest threat to children’s safety - your home. Fire, drowning, choking, poisoning and falls are your primary concern here, and prevention is the best cure there is. It’s high time to take the home safety measures before trouble knocks on your door.
Children like to explore and look for hidden treasure, but sometimes that treasure is cursed and can harm them. It’s thus a good idea to scope out the surroundings from your child’s point of view. If you have a crawling little fellow, it’s time to get down on your knees and scout the area. See what items are in reach, and keep a close eye on those tiny ones that could lead to choking.
Bear in mind also that our homes are full of items that could be poisonous to children. Put them out of reach and store them well. You can use safety latches on all your drawers and cabinets to avoid any risk. No worst case scenario is improbable enough to ignore the potential hazard it could cause.
Traps and treachery
Try to keep your kids away from the kitchen and bathroom with the help of gadgets like doorknob covers. As an alternative, you can check out the safety gates that limit the access to such perilous places. In any case, don’t leave your windows open, as cartoons are not giving children the best idea about the physics of a free fall.
Pay special attention to water areas, however small they might be. Children can drown in just a few inches of water, and toilets with open lids can prove to be fatal. The garden is another place that is full of traps, and children spending a lot of time outdoors during summer should be protected with shade sails or sunshades.
Electricity is essential for all modern homes, but it can be a treacherous thing. Once as a kid it seemed to me like a good idea to put mixer beaters into an electrical outlet. The result was anything but pleasant. To prevent situations like these, cover all unused outlets with protectors and safety caps, and exposed outlets with electrical tape.
In the end, don’t forget that no amount of gadgets is a substitute for your eyes and ears. Supervise your children whenever possible, and don’t get the false sense of security because you purchased expensive products. As your child grows, and learns to walk and climb, be ready to adjust your safety measures.
Safe and sound
If your home is to be a safe environment for children, you first need to identify potential hazards. Some areas are more dangerous than others, so keep the little ones away from there. Childproof your whole home and always be on the safe side. There are a lot of home safety gadgets that can help in your efforts, but the best thing to do is to always keep an eye on your kids. Stay alert and be prepared for both emergencies and everyday risks.