Part of being a parent is being responsible for your child’s safety at all times. While there are many dangers in the outside world, don’t dismiss the potential dangers that could be in your family home. They could get into an unlocked medicine cabinet, trip over a cable or put their fingers into an electrical outlet. These are just a few potential hazards that could be life threatening to your children and need to be addressed as soon as possible. So use these easy steps today and make your home a safer place for your children.
Make your stairs safer
Stairs have always been considered a hazard for young children, especially when they are learning to walk. They are extremely unbalanced which can make your stairs highly dangerous. But there are some things you can do to make your stairs a lot safer. You can install gates at the top and bottom which prevents access when they are young. For children who are older, you can install a handrail that is easier for them to reach, giving them more stability. Another hazard for older children can be walking down the stairs at night or without the lights on. This increases the chances of a nasty fall. You can install an LED strip on each step so everyone can clearly see where they are going, even at night time.
Protect your kids from outlets and cables
Outlets and cables are highly appealing to young children as they are at an accessible height. Children want to explore and find out more about their surrounding. But playing with cables and outlets could increase the chances of electrocution and strangulation. Go through each room and use outlet covers to seal every accessible electrical outlet. Also, use a cable tidy to store extension leads and loose cables from TV and computers. You can also use cable ties and tape to stop any cables such as your phone charger from hanging down. If your baby can reach these, they will pull them which can also be dangerous.
Be smart with your furniture
If children cannot reach an item on a shelf or in a cupboard, they will either ask for help or find a way to climb. If your child chooses the latter, this can incredibly dangerous as they can pull furniture such as bookcases on top of them. Thankfully to reduce the risk of this happening you can bolt furniture to the wall and place heavier items on lower shelves. Secure any heavy items that could be accidentally pulled off tables and shelves such as televisions and lamps. Open drawers and cabinet doors make ideal makeshift ladders, so keep these locked and closed at all times. Also, protect your children by using foam corner guards which will soften them impact should they run into sharp corners of doors and tables.
The purpose of this guide is not to scare you, but to give you the knowledge and insight, so you know how to make your home safe. Minor accidents are expected when you have children. But it’s important to reduce any possible risk of a more severe accident from occurring.