Children of all ages are prone to accidents and injuries at home. As responsible parents, it is important to take appropriate measures for children’s safety. For implementing child-safety, it is important to understand and think about accessibility to potential risks. Then draw up a checklist for all rooms.
Here we share some ideas to “child-proof” your home!
Use flooring material that provides a good grip. This will minimize the possibility of slips and falls.
Limit access to unsafe areas:
Use safety gates to prevent the child from accessing areas that could be dangerous, like the kitchen.
Furniture should be steady and pushed against the wall for proper support, so it doesn’t topple over. Place the television at a higher level for it to be beyond reach. See that furniture is not placed near windows.
The microwave and other ovens must be on an elevation. Use stove guards. Remember to always shut the dishwasher properly and consider placing child-locks on any cabinets or drawers that are at a low level and have detergents, cleaning liquids, etc, if you have small children.
Use non-slip mats. Toilet locks can prevent the child from falling inside by keeping the lid closed. Having anti–burn rubber covers on taps and adjusting the heating thermostat can prevent burns. Never leave small children unattended for even a short while, in a bathtub or around a bucket of water. Ensure that they cannot access washing machines.
Appliance wires should not be left hanging loose and accessible. Elevate electrical sockets out of young children’s reach, or else, install tamper/shock proof switches and outlet covers to prevent them from inserting their fingers/tiny objects in them. Placing furniture against the exposed sockets to conceal them is another option.
Some child-safety products:
Edge guards and bump stickers on furniture corners prevent children from getting hurt. Dangling window blind cords could get wrapped around kids’ necks, so use blinds with alternatives. Place hinge protectors on doors to prevent hand injuries from them slamming. Installing safety grilles on windows is important with small children at home. A safety entrance grille door is important to protect against intruders. This is essential even for older children and adults.
Buy large toys to prevent choking. Check the quality certification of plastic toys, or toys with painted and other coatings.
Be prepared for emergencies:
Have a working fire extinguisher handy at home. Keep a first-aid kit ready at all times and a list of all emergency services and doctors’ contact numbers.
From the above listed precautions with respect to your interiors and electrical equipment, to gadgets like child-monitors, there’s a lot you can do towards child safety, but, remember, the most efficient precaution is adult supervision. Vigilance is key to successful safeguarding of children!