Parents always want to keep their kids safe. However, no matter how hard they try, parents will always find their children off to do something that can make their hearts jump. Moreover, it has already been shown that deaths of children under 18 are caused by preventable accidents. Thus, it is very important the parents create a safe and relaxing environment for their kids. The following are some tips that parents should try to achieve such goal.
The first step in childproofing homes is covering all exposed outlets. Parents should also be aware of all electrical outlets in their homes and consider subscribing to electrical safety solution. Sliding plate covers are preferably used for electrical sockets, whereas cords can be safely bundles using cable management products. Parents are also advised to hide surge protectors and unplug any unused electrical appliances. It is also important that children are lectured regarding electrical safety.
PREVENTING FALL-RELATED INJURIES
Fall accidents are inevitable, especially in children. Parents should ensure that no loose parts can be found in outdoor playground equipment and avoid bringing their children to playgrounds with hard surfaces. Children should be watched over when they are playing in high grounds. Window guards and window locks should also be utilized to ensure child safety.
Parents are also advised to install staircase safety gates and also use these things in their children’s rooms. Plexiglass can be installed along banisters and railings, whereas parents are discouraged from using according gates. Heavy objects should also not be installed on walls to prevent them from falling one someone’s head during earthquakes.
TV AND INTERNET SAFETY
Emotional health of children must also be kept safe. TV shows and movies must be first previewed before being shown to minors, and children’s bedrooms should be devoid of TV and internet connection. Parents should be familiar with Television Rating System and TV Parental Guidelines in order to choose the right programs for their kids. Wireless devices and wi-fi at home should be equipped with protected locks and password. Children should also be taught regarding safe use of internet and responsible browsing of social media content.
SAFETY FROM CHOKING AND SUFFOCATION
Choking and suffocation are common causes of death. Newborns should be kept safe from suffocation by placing them in supine position after birth. Babies should also sleep on their backs, and their place of sleep should be a firm sleep surface. Parents are discouraged from using cribs with drop-side rails or putting their babies to sleep on chairs, couch, waterbeds, etc.
Babies should also have their own beds that free of bumper pads, pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. Sleeping environment for babies should be smoke-free and free of choking hazard objects. Parents should also monitor their children while eating and only provide toys that are appropriate for their age.
The kitchen is full of potentially dangerous things, including fire, gas, electricity, kitchen utensils, chemicals, breakable glass, dishes, and garbage. To ensure children’s safety, all electrical appliances should be unplugged when not in use. Knob covers should be kept out of reach of children, whereas garbage bins should be properly covered. Prevent kids from accessing the stove or pot handles when cooking. Children should be reminded of safety guidelines when they start learning to cook. Cabinets containing potentially harmful ingredients should be installed with adhesive mount safety latches.
SAFETY FROM POISONS
Curiosity of children may prompt them to try out potentially poisonous objects. Cabinets at home should be locked and out of reach of children. Parents should also ensure that no poisonous plants can be found in their gardens. They can check for such plants in Western Garden Book. Children should also be lectured regarding drug and alcohol safety and risks associated with prescription medicines.
FIREARM AND GUN SAFETY
Guns are very dangerous and thus must be kept inaccessible to children. These things should be kept in locked safes, and separate locked safes should be allotted for ammunition. Children should also be taught regarding gun safety, whereas parents are advised to learn their state’s gun laws.
BATHROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM/POOL SAFETY
Babies and children are prone to electrical accidents, drowning, and fire accidents. Such instances can be prevented by keeping bathroom doors constantly closed. Parents should not leave their babies alone in baths and they should ensure that all electrical appliances are unplugged. Bathroom floors should be lined with non-slip bath mat or bath decal stickers. Faucets and shower heads should be equipped with anti-scalding device. Cabinets containing potentially toxic cosmetic products should also be locked.
Children should also receive formal training in swimming and wear life jackets while still learning. Home pools should be equipped with child-safe pool fence with self-closing and self-latching gates. Parents are also advised to take CPR courses and learn about signs of secondary drowning.
Mirrors should be installed in garage to eliminate blind spots. Parents should also clean up any sharp or dangerous tools. Electrical tools should be unplugged when not in use. Tools should be locked safely and kept out of reach of children. All chemicals and toxic substances should be placed in high shelves and secured to prevent them from falling during earthquakes. Car seats for children should be properly installed, and parents should not leave their children alone in their vehicles. Parents are also advised from letting their children sit on their laps while driving.
Meanwhile, yards are more safe when equipped with fence or gate. Children should also be monitored when playing outdoors especially when they are apt to put objects in their mouth. Parents should also check outdoor toys and environment before letting their kids play.
Parents are advised to install security wall hangers for wall arts and mirrors and fireplace safety locks to prevent their children from accessing fireplaces. Front doors and exits should be equipped with doorknob covers, but children should also still be advised regarding the danger of opening doors to strangers. Meanwhile, sharp corners and edges in furniture should be installed with foam edge guards and corner cushions. Large objects should be properly secured in walls to prevent them from falling.