Your child’s safety should always be a top priority, especially since young children in particular love to explore the world around them. This can potentially expose them to danger if you’re not careful. Here are some safety tips to ensure that your child is always safe and secure.
1In the Kitchen
- 50% of burning and scalding accidents happen in the home.
- Water that’s at 120 degrees can give first, second or third-degree burns.
- When cooking on the stove, make sure to turn the handles of pots and pans inward, so that your child can’t accidentally reach it.
- If possible, use the back burners so that your child can’t reach any of the pots and pans.
2In the Living Room
- If you have bookshelves, make sure to keep them secured to the wall so that they can’t topple over.
- If you have stairs in your home, invest in safety gates at the top or bottom of the stairs to prevent your children from climbing up and falling down them.
- Place corner guards on the edges of any furniture with sharp edges such as tables and chairs.
- Place furniture far away from windows to prevent your kids from climbing up and falling out the window.
3In the Nursery
- Take out any cause of suffocation such as stuffed toys or small pillows. 70% of suffocation deaths were from suffocation or strangulation in bed.
- Don’t place any shelves or frames above your baby’s crib.
- Invest in heavily padded carpets or rugs to cushion falls.
- Make sure that the crib meets current safety standards; the bars should be no more than 2-3 inches apart.
4In the Bathroom
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1-4 years old.
- 82% of those victims are under the age of 2.
- Infants can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
- Make sure that any harmful products and toiletries are placed on high shelves.
- Put medicines inside a medicine cabinet and make sure that you can lock the cabinet to keep it secure.
- Adjust the water temperature to 120 degrees and lower to prevent scalding.
- Learn basic first-aid tips for children. Encourage all of the members of your family as well to learn basic first-aid tips.
- Keep a first-aid kit on hand and make sure to periodically check the medicine inside the kit to make sure that they are not yet expired.
- Don’t leave your children unattended, especially if they are still very young.
- Keep tools in their respective containers, and don’t leave them lying around where your child can reach.