The home is our safe haven, but it is also the place where accidents are most likely to occur. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of children are accidentally injured and thousands are killed every year (in US alone).
You should be aware of the dangers in your home. Though you can teach your child to behave well, it is however useless to detail the “do’s and don’ts” in your home as your baby and toddler’s young mind cannot absorb them yet. As parent, it is your responsibility to carefully child-proof your home to prevent child accidents. If you will take your baby’s eye view of your home, child-proofing your home could be overwhelming. So here are the list of the most important things to do.
- Keep matches/lighters, candles, portable heaters, kettles, airpots away from children. Open fires must be well-guarded.
- Keep small objects like marbles, pins, buttons, etc., inside a tightly sealed container or drawer.
- Don’t keep knives and sharp tools in lower drawers.
- Medicines, cleansers, detergents and other chemicals must be stored in safe place where children can’t see and reach them.
- Big appliances like television must be fixed on a stand or well-mounted on the wall. Appliances with blades like fans must be out of reach of children. Use ceiling fan, something like casablanca ceiling fan, as much as possible.
- Electrical sockets must be covered when not in use.
- Furniture with pointed corners must be covered with bumpers.
- Bolt shelves and cabinets on the wall as much as possible.
- Rooms with glass walls or dividers must be properly lit to avoid bumps.
- Avoid using long curtains and window blinds with cords.
- Always keep the house doors, cabinet and closet doors closed.
- Stairs must have safety gates.
- Playpens and cribs must be away from the windows.
- Post emergency numbers near your telephone.