Nothing is as precious to us parents as our children. The safety of our children is a top priority from the moment that they enter this world, and we are continually searching for ways to ensure their safety in every situation.
Unfortunately, the adult-friendly homes we choose to live in are not ideal for babies, small children, and even school age children. Each year, hundreds of thousands of children are hurt and injured at home, the environment that should be considered safest for them. Is this a result of parental neglect, or is it due to the fact that the home environment is not primed for safety and success for children? Whatever the reason, there are some things that we as parents can do to prevent accidents in and around the home and ensure that our kids will grow up safe and sound? We may not be able to control the environment that they face each day when they leave our care, we can certainly do something to keep them safe at home. Follow these tips for a safer and more secure home:
Prevent slips and falls from occurring
Children need space to be creative and play, but they need to do so in an environment free from slips and falls. Falls are the most common injury for children of all ages; removing items that could be tripping hazards and committing to putting safety measures in place with regard to staircases, slippery surfaces, and the like will reduce the likelihood of injury when engaging in exploration and play.
Prevent burns and scalding
To prevent burns, keep your children away from fire and hot surfaces. Keeping a watchful eye on children as they play near or around surfaces that could potentially burn or scald them will help to prevent these painful injuries. Even something like bath water could scald delicate skin; always test the temperature of water before bathing or showering children, and be mindful of hot foods and drinks as well. Mouth, teeth and gums are a bit more sensitive in children than in adults; when in doubt, test the temperature of food and drinks before giving to children as well.
Prevent house fires
A house fire can start quite quickly----whether through cooking, smoking, playing with matches and lighters, or electrical failures, they can quickly spiral out of control and cause damage to your home and your family members. Working fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are essential to preventing these catastrophes from occurring. Have a safety exit plan; discuss what to do in case of a fire, and practice safety drills to ensure that you all will make it out safe and sound.
Prevent poison ingestion
Accidental ingestion of poisonous substances is the leading cause of injury in children under five, and preventing this type of emergency is really quite simple, with a little forethought. To prevent accidental ingestion of poisonous substances:
- Keep all medicines, both prescription and over the counter, in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children
- Keep cleaning materials out of reach of children; read labels in case of accidental ingestion
- Install child-safe locks on cabinets and drawers containing potentially harmful substances
- Know who to call in case of accidental ingestion
Have a security system in place
For those times when you need a little extra home security, consider installing an alarm and monitoring system to keep your home--and your precious family---safe when you are home. With recent advancements in technology, parents can now check in on their children when they are away, making it more comfortable for parents and children alike to leave children home, knowing that they are monitored and safe from harm.
Have some knowledge of first aid procedures
Every proactive parent should have some knowledge of first aid procedures and how to administer care in emergency situations until help arrives. Keeping emergency numbers in plain view for all family members to access gives anyone access to assistance when needed. Knowing how to deal with choking hazards, how to administer CPR, and other techniques for life saving will give everyone in your home peace of mind that any situation will be handled as it comes.
Knowing how to prevent emergency situations is half the battle; the other part of the equation is knowing what to do in case of emergency. Your little ones are precious, and no safety or life-saving measure is too extreme to keep your family safe and sound in your home. Do your best to create a safe, happy life for you and your family!