19 Basic Tips to Child-Proof Your Homes
Toddlers are the age of discoveries and curious minds; nothing can stop them in getting what they desire to touch, feel and tinker with. As Safe Kids Worldwide said “Kids are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It’s all part of being a kid, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that kids avoid the more serious injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death.”
We’ve compiled basic tips to child-proof your homes; such as risk areas, space to protect, and places/spots where possible injuries can take place. Let’s keep our children happy, active and safe especially in our own backyard.
1. Protect your children from sharp corners and jagged edges, install corner protectors on your tables and cabinets.
2. Always think of safety and awareness for dangerous objects, substances or situations.
3. Prevent your kids from poisoning. Keep medicine cabinets and storage out of children’s reach, same goes with the home cleaners, detergents, bleaching liquids, pesticides, silver cleaner, pet food, alcohol, poisonous plants, and chemicals (like paint, gasoline, etc.) A lot of kids died drinking silver cleaners they thought as mineral water.
4. Do not put floor shiner on your stair cases, chances are kids will ran around and could cause a fall brought about by slippery stairs.
5. Ensure your house interiors are properly joined, kids hold strong grip if they really want something. Buy ceramic fasteners to fix loose joints.
6. Instead place an adhesive sandpaper grains atthe staircases as stopper to minimize slips and sudden falls.
7. Keep a small size pails in the comfort room to keep them out from dipping their bodies, children loves to play in the water. This could lead to possible drowning. Never leave your baby alone. Babies can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. They usually drown in bathtubs, 5-gallon buckets and toilets. The main problem is lack of supervision – usually for a short period of time.
8. Protect your kids from swallowing button or lithium batteries. Old batteries with leaks are deadly when swallowed.
9. Ensure your dog or cat pets are vaccinated with anti-rabies, you’ll never know the real tempers of dogs sometimes. Consider dogs like humans, they too experience bad hair day! 🙂
10. Tiny pieces of toys are prone to get swallowed, always guide your children when playing these type of toys.
Scented play doughs are soft and cuddly, but once they get into children’s hands and made them like tiny polka dots sometimes it could lead to trouble. My daughter made tiny rounded doughs and smell them deliberately. She accidentally inhale the pink tiny dough. I was able to get it using a tiny tweezer and ear cleaner. From that moment, mold play doughs in tiny pieces are totally banned.
11. Keep these out of reach: electrical cords, frayed or damaged cords, uncovered outlets, plastic bags, matches, lighters, candles, fireplaces, space heaters, irons, guns, and small objects (like jewelry, buttons, pins, paper clips, nails, stones, etc.)
112. Prevent children from medicine overdose. Read labels and follow directions when giving medicine to your child. Use child-resistant caps to keep children from access.
13. Secure furniture to the wall to avoid tip overs.
14. Install stair gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Stair gates at the top must be attached to the wall with hardware.
15. Keep a first aid kit on hand where every member of the family should know in case they needed something.
16. Place emergency numbers and the poison control hotline, by every phone and in your cell phones; and also visible at home (best spot the refrigerator).
17. Learn infant CPR and the Heimlich maneuver for choking.
18. Give young children the recommended toys: Floor activity centers, activity quilt, squeaky toys, soft dolls or stuffed animals without button noses and eyes. Avoid toys that are recalled toys, latex balloons, small, rounded or oval objects (like balls and marbles), hard toys attached to car seat handles, toys with strings or cords and toys with lead or magnets.
19. Supervise your child at all times. Don’t rely on older siblings to take care of your baby. Even older children don’t recognize dangers at times and may not be able to provide the best protection for your baby.
Child-proofing you homes does not guarantee a totally safe place, these tips are designed to assist parents/adults and can not replace an adult’s attention.
Credits: Safe Kids Worldwide
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