Keep Your Home Safe
Edited by Debbie, Nate Pepperell, Lynn, Jonathan and 3 others
You probably breathe a sigh of relief when you return from a hectic day's work, glad to be safe and secure in your home. However, are you really safe? There may be serious dangers at home that you are unaware of, especially for children age 4 and younger. With small children, especially, precautions should be taken to reduce the number of accidents in the home. It is impossible to keep watch over children all the time. Even stay-at-home moms cannot always prevent busy little fingers from getting into trouble, and children are so creative about what they can do with the most ordinary things – all in the spirit of curiosity and fun. Statistics say that most cases involving children age 4 and younger in the ER are caused by accidents in the home.
A Checklist on How to be Safe at Home
Regardless of whether you work or stay home, there are a lot of things you can do to childproof your home and prevent injuries. Using the following checklist, you can do an inspection of your home and note any changes or adjustments that need to be made.
- 2Drapes and Curtains. Keep long cords out of reach. They can strangle a small child.Advertisement
- 4Stairway. Make sure your stairs are well-lit and free of clutter. You should also put up gates to keep your toddlers from going up the stairs on their own and falling. If you have balusters, make sure your toddler cannot get his head stuck between them.
- 6Broiler and Grills. Clean it on a regular basis, as grease collected on it can cause a fire.
- 8Cribs. Slats should be close enough together that an infant will not stick his or her head through it and get stuck.
- 10Medicines and Vitamins.
- 11Microwaves. Food gets hot fast in the microwave. When you heat up a baby bottle, it might be not be that warm on the outside, but in the inside, it could be scalding.
- 13Barbecue grills. Make sure children are at a safe distance because they can get extremely hot and may tip over.
- 15Smoke detectors. Keep them clean and check them regularly. Change the batteries yearly.
- 17Iron and other appliances. Keep your iron and its dangling cord out of the reach of children.
- 19Washing machine and dryer. If you have a separate laundry room, keep it locked. Front-loading dryer and washing machines are very attractive places for children to hide while playing hide-and-seek.
- 21Toilet paper. Keep toilet paper rolls out of the reach of toddlers. There is something extremely fascinating about toilet paper rolls rolling and getting stuffed into the most unlikely places.
- 23Plants, vases, and dish gardens. Make sure indoor plants, vases and dish gardens are beyond the reach of toddlers.
- 25Small bits of food. Be careful that small bits of food are not left lying around. Be careful with grapes, pieces of hot dog, hard candy, grapes, and nuts. Not only can children choke on them, but they can also stick them into their noses and ears.
- 27Window guards. Install window guards to make sure children don't fall out accidentally, but make sure there is a release device to open the window guard in case of fire. At the same time, clear the windows of chairs, cribs, and other furniture that toddlers can climb on.
- 29Highchairs. Always strap your child in when he or she is in the highchair and keep those little feet away from the table so that they can't use them to kick and topple over.
- 30Guns and other firearms and explosives. Keep these out of reach of children. Keep these things locked up and never tell your children where they are. If possible, do not let your children see you when you are cleaning your guns or inspecting them.
- 33Nightlight. Keep a light on at night for safety precautions.
Tricks, Tips & Warnings
- Make a very readable list of emergency number and post this on your refrigerator, and within sight of the telephones in your house. Input these numbers into your cell phone too.
- Learn first aid and CPR. Although hopefully you won't ever need to use them, these are very useful and sometimes life-saving skills.
- Make it a rule to store all toys in a "sleep" bin so that no parts are left lying around to cause accidents.
- There are websites that provide information on toys and products recalled by manufacturers. Sign up for product-recall memberships and updates.
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Categories : Home Safety
Recent edits by: Eng, Nerissa Avisado, Jonathan