Home Safe For Kids
Adult-friendly home will have many potential hazards for a child. But if you have toddlers at home find out what the risks are there for them, and then prevent or remove them.
But even if you remove or change home safety hazards, the toddlers can still have tumbles and falls. That’s why supervision and observation are one of the keys to child safety at home.
Also, as your kids are growing and they try to start to explore everything, climb and open things, you need to be alert for new hazards. You’ll probably need to alter the environment to make sure your home is still a safe and creative place to play and explore.
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Baby furniture and equipment
Safe baby furniture and equipment will help to protect your child. Always look for cots, mattresses and high chairs that are kids friendly.
To prevent burns, keep your child away from fire and hot surfaces. Make sure your kids are safe from hot surfaces like stoves, ovens, microwaves, heaters and other appliances. Keep everything at a distance away from kids, and keep the kitchen doors closed if you are away from the kitchen.
Hot food and drinks are other major causes of scalds for babies and children. Here are some simple safety precautions to avoid these risks and ensure Home Safe For Kids :
- Keep hot food and drinks away from the kitchen stoves or countertops
- Try to avoid holding your child and hot food and drinks.
- Maintain and test the bath water temperature before bathing children – the safest bath temperature is 37-38°C.
Here are tips to ensure electrical safety at home:
- Get a licensed electrician to install kids’ safety switches, which cut the power off quickly to avoid electrocution
- Get good quality electric appliances
- Replace electrical appliances and cords if they’re damaged
- Use PowerPoint covers
Falls prevention at home
Falls are the most common cause of injuries in every age group.
You can help to keep your child safe by observing their growing stages, new skills they’re learning, and the new places they can reach – and then adjusting your home. For example:
- When your child starts crawling, install safety guards across entries to stairs and balconies and beds if required. But still, you need to supervise your child on stairs and balconies.
- When your child starts climbing, lock windows with a window guard. Try to restrict window openings, or shield them. This will restrict your child from climbing up and falling.
- Leave a dim light at night, or use sensor lights to make it easier for older children to use the washrooms without causing disturbance to other family members
Children often get seriously injured by climbing up the furniture tops. Following are ways to reduce the risk of Furniture safety:
- Check that furniture is strong enough – your child shouldn’t be able to pull it down on his body or knock it over. Try to Anchor furniture like bookshelves and large wardrobes to the wall or floor to reduce the risk of falling
- Wall mount the televisions to the wall or entertainment unit
- Try to Move furniture with sharp corners away from doorways where kids usually run and play. If there isn’t enough space to move the furniture, pad its corners with foam or corner protectors
Keeping kids safe from broking into the glasses is another major safety measure. When children are playing around at home, it’s easy for them to run into glass windows and doors. Here are some informative tips to keep your child safe around glass:
- Install safety glass in windows and doors or apply any shatter-resistant film to windows and doors
- Put stickers on glass at eye level
Household tools and backyard safety
Some small precautions can help you keep your home Safe For kids around household tools and other backyard safety hazards:
- Try to Lock away dangerous tools like saws and drills, and keep lawnmowers, chainsaws and other sharp tools out of reach
- Keep your child away when you’re using tools
- Unplug and move tools away whenever you take a break
House fires are another major accident that can happen. Install smoke safety alarms for fire safety precautions. It is very necessary to put one working smoke alarm installed on each level. For overall fire safety at home, try to install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas of your home. It’s also necessary to install alarms in bedrooms where people sleep with their doors closed.
Test your smoke alarms regularly. Replace or charge batteries each year. Replace the smoke alarms as a whole every 10 years.
Recent reports show that Poisoning is one of the major causes of injury to children under five, and children are often poisoned by common household chemicals and medicines.
Keep your child’s environment safer by:
- Removing or keeping potential poisons and chemicals away from kids
- Keep chemicals and medicines up high in a locked cupboard or cabinet
Strangulation and suffocation prevention
Storing chemicals and medicines up high in a locked cupboard or cabinet and storing chemicals and medicines up high in a locked cupboard or cabinet homes contain items that could strangle or suffocate a child. These items could be soft toys cords and ropes. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind to keep your child safe from suffocation and strangulation:
Water safety is another major safety feature we should ensure to home Safe For kids. It depends on 100% active adult supervision whenever your child is around water. This includes baths, pools, ponds, dams, rivers, creeks, baths and buckets with water.
If you have a pool, ensure to have a pool fence and self-locking gate. For bath safety, always supervise the babies during their bath time. Never leave children alone in the bathroom for a long time. Never leave older children or siblings to supervise them