Home is not only a place where you can rest, play and relax with the family, but it’s also a place where accidents can happen. Bumps and bruises are to be expected as children run and play, but many more serious injuries can be easily prevented. While it can be very difficult placing restraints on kids as they play, the next best alternative is to make the home a safe place for children to be.
Here are checklists of safety tips for each room in the home:
- Knives, scissors, forks and other sharp tools should be placed in the drawer secured with a childproof latch.
- Locks should be installed on dishwashers so kids cannot easily open them while they are running.
- When cooking, handles of pots and frying pans should be turned away and placed in a position that adventurous children cannot reach.
- Cabinets under the sink should be free of all dangerous chemicals such as detergents, dish-washing liquids, and cleaning products.
- Cabinets that can be accessed by children should also be secured with a safety lock.
- Keep all plastic or polythene bags, and small objects out of the reach of children to eliminate the risk of choking and suffocation.
The Children’s Bedroom
- Baby’s changing tables should have a safety belt.
- Baby cribs should be free of stuffed pillows, large stuffed animals and bumper pads to reduce the risk of child suffocation.
- Toy chests and containers should have a safety feature that prevents them from slamming shut.
- Safety latches should be installed on bureau drawers, closet doors and any other restricted areas in the child’s room.
- All furniture, toys and accessories in a child’s room need to be age appropriate.
The Adult’s Bedroom
- All medication bottles, loose pills, coins and sharp objects should be kept out of the reach of children.
- Window blinds should be tied and kept suspended at heights that children cannot reach.
- For parents who own firearms, they should be locked and kept secured at all times. Ammunition should be stored separately in a secure location. Children should never have any access to firearms or ammunition.
- All unused electrical outlets should be protected with safety guards and major electrical appliances should be grounded to prevent shocks.
- Be certain that all electrical cords, and small electrical appliances are out of a child’s reach.
- A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home.
- The most common source of carbon monoxide comes from open flames, such as ovens and ranges. It can be formed from an incomplete combustion from any flame fueled device like clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces and even water heaters. For this reason it is strongly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.
- The hot water thermostat should be set below 120 degrees.
- All sharp objects like razor blades should be stored away in a locked cabinet.
- There should be non-slip pads on the bathroom floor to prevent the child from slipping.
- Bottles containing chemicals such as mouth wash, perfumes, hair dyes, and nail polish remover should be stored in a safe and secure location out of the reach of children.
- Child safety latches should be installed on the toilet, cabinets, and doors.
Many other resources and products exist to assist you with child safety, such as the Children’s Safety Network, I’m Safe, and SafeKids.org. Local hospitals and child care center also often have child safety workshops and many other resources, as well. Child safety must be every parent’s number one priority, and there’s plenty out there to help you out.