to make your home safe for kids
your home against unintentional injuries is essential. You
have to take special care and caution if your child is still
a toddler. According to surveys carried out by childcare associations
it is seen that each year more children die from avertable
and callous injuries, which could have been easily avoided
if proper, care and caution was taken by parents than from
all childhood diseases combined. With foresight and action,
you can help prevent accidents like burns, cuts, falls, poisonings,
drowning, choking, and other serious injuries.
Following are a few tips to ensure the safety of your child:
1. Always keep small objects
and toys with small parts away from children under three.
Children have a habit to put every thing that they get on
the floor in their mouth. Ensure that nothing is lying on
the floor especially things that can be harmful. Check labels
on toy packages for age-appropriateness before letting children
play with the toys.
2. Never allow your child to
play in the kitchen and kitchen cabinets. Teach him that kitchen
is not the place to play because by establishing a cabinet
as a play space, the child may feel all cabinets are play
spaces and so the child may want to play in the kitchen cabinet
also which can be very dangerous and risky.
3. Keep plastic bags completely
out of children's reach. Not only plastic bags but also all
small plastic items should be removed and kept away from the
reach of children.
4. Also keep your purse and those
of all guests, out of children's reach.
5. Stay alert - remember: nothing
takes the place of close adult supervision. Make sure grandparents
house and Crèche is also safe for your child. No one regrets
the time they spent taking precautions, only the time they
wish they'd spent.
6. Buy cabinet and drawer latches
and locks. Also buy toilet locks and make sure to lock the
toilets when you are not around in order to avoid accidents
7. Don't store cleaning supplies
under the sink, even if it's locked.
8. Buy covers for electrical
outlets. Children are very curious and just might want to
know what's there inside the hole and might put their finger
into it. Help prevent tots from putting fingers or objects
into the outlet thereby ensuring their safety.
9. Install security gates wherever
necessary in order to avoid untoward accidents. Use pressure
gates only between rooms. Install permanent gates at the tops
and bottoms of stairs.
10. Face baby away from the valve
when he's in the tub. Cover cold- and hot-water handles to
prevent child from turning on water.
11. Use stove guard to prevent
your child from reaching or touching the stove.
12. Use wall hook to hold long
phone cords thus keeping them out of children's reach.
13. Avoid having open wiring
done at places, which are within your child's reach.
14. Always keep the front door
closed so that your child doesn't wander outside all alone.