When we think of home we think of a place to live, a place of protection, our sanctuary from the rest of the world, we hardly think of danger, especially for children. But it seems they are subject to accidents and injuries, mainly in the home and these injuries tend to be a leading cause of visits to emergency rooms and hospitals. Now we ask ourselves, how can this be. Take a minute and look at some places around your house, you have to think like a toddler by getting down on your hands and knees, when you do this you will probably realize that some serious child proofing needs to go on.
Let’s start in the kitchen because it’s probably the least safest room in the house. Be mindful of what is stored in the cabinets, of course anything toxic or poisonous should be removed and everything else should have a child safety cap, and those safety tops do work (ever tried to open a bottle of aspirin, twist to the left, turn to the right and press down as you are turning) ugh, sometimes I just give up.
The cabinets should be secured in a way that the child cannot just open them. The stove is another place that can be a potential hazard, that’s why simple things such as making sure pot handles are turned inward can help to prevent an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2010 more than 300 children aged 14 and under died from fire or burn injuries, so it’s probably a good idea to keep those dish cloths away from the stove top.
In the bathroom, keep all medications, razors, cosmetics and scissors out of reach. The toilet seat should have a latch on it and closed if possible. The reason for this is it only takes a few inches of water for a child to drown and for some reason they love to play in the toilet water. I have learned to keep the bathroom door closed because I can remember babysitting my nephew and for a few seconds I lost track of him but all I had to do was follow the trail of toilet paper for he had went into the bathroom took the toilet paper and walked around the house with it. Watch out for that bathtub, never leave a child alone while bathing no matter how shallow the water appears to be.
If you have stairs in your home, for the younger children use safety gates that meet state and federal guidelines, these gates will help to protect them from falls.
Stairs that are poorly designed can be a hazard, some rails are so thick that young children cannot grasp them safely. Stairs that have carpet provides for better grip and stairs that are narrow and steep are harder to use. Kids Health reccomends that you keep stairways clear of toys, shoes and throw rugs to prevent tripping or falling. Hopefully by following these safety tips it can keep children safe within the confines of their home.