There are enough dangers with household items that can make any worried any parent go “Oh my!” Home is supposed to be the place where your kids learn their first life lessons safely. However, the reality is kids have a tendency to reach out for dangerous items and consume poisonous material because of curiosity. Below are multiple tips to ensure accidents are kept to a minimum.
- Add safety latches on cabinets and drawers with sharp and poisonous items.
- Separate medicine and household products from the consumables; especially snacks.
- When cooking, use the stoves nearer to the wall and turn the handles of the pans and pots away from the edges; away from children’s reach.
- Place kitchenware and appliances nearer to the walls and away from the edges.
- Always have emergency phone numbers, especially for poison prevention centers, visible at all times.
- Add knob covers on the stove so children don’t accidentally cause fires.
- Use a safety cover in the garbage disposal.
- Store medicine in their original containers and in a high medicine cabinet.
- Install safety latches in low cabinets and drawers; especially those that contain cleaning material.
- Add locks to toilets and keep it locked when it is not being used to prevent children from accidentally falling in and drowning.
- Use anti-scalding devices on faucets and showers with heat control. Make sure that they regulate the water temperature to only as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to 3rd degree burns.
- Unplug bathroom appliances after use such as hair dryers and electric rollers to prevent electrocution. Also, keep them in high places while they are in use or in the process of cooling down to prevent burns.
- Cover unused outlets near water sources – whether or not it’s in the bathroom. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are useful to be installed in these outlets because they cut off electricity when the plugged devices come into contact with water.
- Install safety gates or fences at doorways and the mouths of stairs. It is not recommended to use gates or fences that are installed with pressure bars as these are easily removed.
- Use doorknob covers on doors of rooms where your children shouldn’t be in (at least without supervision). Make sure that these covers are easy for adults to bypass in case of an emergency where a child is trapped in this room.
- Place bumpers on furniture to minimize physical injury when your child comes in strong contact with these; this usually happens due to falls.
- Position your furniture away from high windows so that the children cannot reach the windowsill.
- Only purchase window blinds without looped cords as they can be the cause of accidental strangulations.
- Only use toy chests that have attached lids to prevent accidents caused by a misplaced lid.
- Secure heavy furniture in place with brackets and anchors to prevent it from tipping. Alternatively, you can place the heavier items at the bottom shelves of multi-layer shelving units.
- Cover all unused outlets and lock plugged devices’ cords in place.
- Use doorstops to keep the wind from closing a door and crushing children’s hands.
Kids are adventurous and curious. It is with this attitude that they can learn about the world. However, they do not know of the dangers of life just yet and you wouldn’t want them to learn the hard way. Follow most or all of these tips to make sure that your kids can safely learn about the world around them.
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