Our children are our pride and joy and we want what’s best for them. Most importantly, we always want to keep them safe. Children, especially in their early stages, are always at home where they will be easier to look after. This is why, as parents, we need to make our homes are the safest place for our little angels.
Unfortunately, the house has dangers in every corner – from electrical sockets to cleaning products, to scattered wastes on the floor.
Before succumbing to worry and paranoia, there are numerous precautions to keep children out of harm’s way and have peace of mind:
- Dispose of trash properly.
Think about the potential hazards of the things you have thrown in the trash. If there are items there that might put your baby at risk, say, broken glass or used up batteries, make sure to dispose these properly away from your child’s arm’s reach. If you don’t segregate your trash, there’s a large possibility that they’ll play with whatever they can get their hands on.
- Hide electricity cords and extensions.
These cords are usually on the floor, which makes it easy for your children to tinker with. Not only are they an eyesore, other family members can trip over them, causing bigger accidents. Various DIY posts are available on the web that provide simple solutions to hide cords and wires from your home. If you’re feeling a bit crafty, you can even incorporate these cords into your home décor.
- Make tall furniture and lamps sturdy.
Lamps and electric fans easily topple over, making your kids vulnerable to stumbling or bumping into them. So make sure they are hooked to the wall or stuck to the ground to make sure these items don’t fall on your baby when they knock these things over. Better yet, before planning to start a family, opt to buy pieces that are sturdy and have smooth edges.
- Keep an emergency kit.
You never know when you might need an emergency kit but staying on the safe side never does anyone harm, especially for your child.
Basic necessities like a first aid kit, non-perishable food and medicines should always be included in an emergency kit. If you have an infant child, don’t forget to throw in diapers and towels.
Store it somewhere you can easily remember and access even under panic. Make sure everyone who looks after your child knows where it is so they can access it when the situation calls for it. Don’t forget to teach them how to use it or what the items in your emergency kits are for.
- Maintain a clean, dry bathroom.
It’s important to drain the bathtub as soon as you’re finished taking a bath especially since babies could drown in as little as 5cm water. Never leave your bathroom floor wet because your children might slip and suffer a heavy blow to the head.
Empty any water buckets or containers not just in the bathroom, but also in the garden or garage. Always stay with your baby to assist them in the bath.
- Make the floor slip proof.
Put some rubber mats in the area where your baby usually stays. There should be something soft to catch them in case they trip. The floor should not be slippery to prevent your baby from slipping especially while they’re in the first stages of learning how to walk.
- Keep the windows covered.
We all know that children love to explore every place to feed their curiosities– unfortunately, that includes that mysterious spot beyond the window. Install some window guards or stops in your house to protect your babies from a terrible accident. Also take note that blinders and some types of curtains could strangle your babies. So, it’s best to keep your children away from those or at least, don’t let them dangle.
No matter how childproof we think our home is, there’s still a chance that our little one can be caught up in an accident because of something that we’ve overlooked that’s why it’s important to be vigilant all the time!
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