Household Safety Tips for Enhanced Protection of Young Children
New parents face a myriad of tasks in preparing their homes for the arrival of a child. From installing baby gates to covering outlets, the checklist for safety measures is extensive. Yet, some precautions are less commonly known than others. To assist you, here are some valuable insights on safeguarding the young children in your home.
Let’s begin in the kitchen, often deemed the most hazardous room by parents. Alongside bathrooms, this area is often labeled a “danger zone” due to the high risk of injuries. Both children and adults can be exposed to burns, cuts, and crush injuries. As a precaution, it’s advisable to either keep children out of the kitchen entirely using baby gates or allow access only under supervision.
Given that children have a knack for exploring areas they shouldn’t, implementing child-proofing measures is essential. These include safety locks on oven doors, stove knobs, refrigerator, garbage cans, and cabinets. Parents should also maintain a fire extinguisher within reach, secure all cleaning products and chemicals, store sharp objects out of children’s reach, and anchor or stow away countertop appliances to prevent accidental pulls.
Turning attention to another hazard zone—the bathrooms—various preventative measures can be implemented. Similar to the kitchen, locks should be placed on the medicine cabinet, toilet lid, and doorknobs to prevent unsupervised access. Given that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children, using nonskid strips on bathroom floors and inside the bathtub is advisable.
Moreover, there are often overlooked bathroom safety measures, such as installing antiscald devices. These devices monitor water temperature and prevent children from turning the faucet excessively hot, reducing the risk of burns. While seemingly minor, these measures are significant—nearly 40% of parents whose children suffered in-home injuries believed that proper childproofing precautions could have prevented the injuries.
Lastly, securing the entire house with a home security system is a prudent step. Advanced technology has made home security more accessible than ever. Installing smart home devices, including smart baby monitors, indoor cameras, and motion sensors, has been proven to reduce child injuries. Through a simple app tap, you can receive crucial notifications and view live video feeds to keep your child safe.
Although it’s impossible to shield children from every potential harm, parents can take numerous steps to prepare and create a safer home environment. For additional examples of home safety measures, explore the accompanying resource.
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