Children possess an innate sense of curiosity that draws them to explore their surroundings, particularly when encountering unfamiliar objects within their homes. Unfortunately, this curiosity can sometimes lead to accidents, with over 3.4 million children experiencing home-related injuries, including falls, burns, and other mishaps, annually in the United States alone.
While home injuries are prevalent, taking proactive measures and making necessary changes within your household can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents. By implementing a few practical tips and adjustments, you can fortify your home against potential hazards and enhance the overall safety of your kids.
1. Baby Monitor
Baby monitors are an excellent security tool when you need to keep an eye on your toddler while doing chores or working in another room. Instead of tiptoeing silently and peeking into the nursery every couple of hours to check on your child, a baby monitor can provide reassurance that your little one is safe, no matter where you are.
2. Power Socket Covers
One aspect you definitely want to pay attention to is electrical outlets. In nearly every home, these sockets are just a few inches from the floor, making it easy for children to reach them. This accessibility puts them at risk of sticking toys or objects into the sockets, leading to potentially dangerous accidents.
Thankfully, there's a straightforward solution: outlet covers. By using these covers, you can prevent kids from inserting anything into the slots and avoid the risk of electrical shocks. It's a simple fix that can go a long way in ensuring your child's safety.
3. Medicine and Chemicals Out of Reach
There are plenty of essentials in your home that can be poisonous to kids. Store all medicine and household products away and out of sight, ideally in higher cupboards. Don't leave these items anywhere after using them. Place them back in a safe place that is out of reach from children.
4. Bath Mats
Bathroom accidents are common in every household. Keep your little one away from it by using anti-slip bath mats that can be placed inside the tub. This helps avoid your child from sliding or slipping into the water or floor. Most bath mats have suctions at the base for a better grip on the surface and are mostly non-toxic if you purchase ones that are safe for kids.
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5. Sharp Objects Out of Reach
Sharp objects are another potential hazard to be cautious of within the household. To ensure safety, keep knives, forks, scissors, razors, and any other sharp items in a drawer or cupboard that is out of a child's reach. Additionally, be mindful of metals, mirrors, cans, or anything with blades that could pose risks for children, and store them in a place inaccessible to little ones.
6. Choking Hazard Toys
With toys being essential in terms of a child's development, it also comes with risks. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choking is the leading cause of injury among children 4 and younger. Always check the label whenever buying toys. Here's a simple hack... Grab a toilet paper roll and anything that fits within the hole shouldn't be anywhere near your child. Aside from toys, keep buttons, coins, crayons, and screws away from reach.
7. Corner Guards
If your desks, coffee tables, and dining tables with cornered edges, it's ideal to have a corner protection guard. These are simple and easy to install. You can also DIY by using foam or pool noodles. It can help smoothen the surface which can help avoid bumps and bruises.
Accidents can't be avoided within homes but you can create a solution to prevent them. Don't forget to have emergency phone numbers prepared as well as a simple first-aid kit around your home.
Posted by Ryan Rodenbeck on