In a recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), first-time mothers of kids aged from 12 to 36 months were taken to a made-up home and were asked to point out potential hazards and risk factors for their children. The results showed that they couldn’t even identify half of the biggest risks.
According to child safety statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child is killed nearly every two weeks and may more are injured because of unsecured TVs, home appliances and furniture tip-overs. It is always better to prepare for the worst and secure your home and surroundings to make sure you childproof your habitat. Prevention can eliminate even larger risks, hazards, and injuries. There are numerous risks inside your home than outside that you may not even know about. Taking proper safety measures enhances your child’s safety and prosperity. Supervising your child and training them to stay out of risks can be a lot of effort but prevention is always better and safer than cure. Here we’ll explore the main aspects of childproofing room by room. Although childproofing can never be 100% effective against injuries, it can certainly minimize the possibilities.
Fireplace, TV, Candles, Matches, Photo Frames, Small Toys, Power Strip
From candles and matches, you use for praying to TV remote button covers, the living room is a place where most of the risk occurs. Make sure the candles, matchsticks, and lighters are always out of reach for the toddler. Photo frames should be placed at a height where the child can’t reach or should be well mounted so that even if the baby knocks it or try to pull it, it shouldn’t fall. Replaces glass frames with plastic or similar material frames to make sure it won’t hurt even if it falls on them. It’s always better to mount the television securely on the wall, even the TVs on stands too. Cover the fireplace when not in use. If possible, install heat resistant gates for the fireplace. It’s better to avoid small toys of any kind until the child reaches the age of 5. Any toy that is of less than 1-inch diameter should be totally avoided. Buy edge guard for all your furniture which includes glass top and ordinary ones. And also TV remote’s battery cover and the battery should be sealed to avoid unnecessary hazards.
Crib, Window, Curtains, Lamp, Dresser
Stuffed animals, pillows, blankets etc should be used with care since it can pave the way to difficult suffocation problems. Make the bedroom safe and cozy as possible since sleep is an important factor affecting the child’s growth. Use a safety nightlight of cooler LED type and keep it far from the crib. Move cords for blinds, window blinds etc should be kept farther to where baby sleeps. Design your interior in such a way to distract children from the hazards and risk factors. Fixed rails on the cribs shouldn’t be too far apart so that the child’s head won’t fit inside. Cords and wires should be kept at a distance to make sure it’s not grabbable for the infant. Dressers and other heavy furniture need to be anchored to the wall or to the floor.
Cabinets, Drawers, Microwave, Stove Knobs, Oven, Small Appliances, Cutlery, Refrigerator
Precaution is better than cure. The kitchen is full of risk factors and it should be kept off-limits for the child if the parent is not around. Kitchen cabinets, drawers, refrigerators etc should have a safety lock so that the child can’t access it without a parent’s presence. Keep the toxic detergents, dishwashers etc in a cabin and make sure you lock it up after using anything. Keep the microwave out of reach and remove the stove knobs after use. Regularly check if the fruits like grapes etc which can cause choking and breakables like wine bottles, and poisons such as medications out of reach on high shelves. If you are considering economic options, baby gates are the safest option for avoiding risks from Kitchen.
Toiletries, Hairdryer, Puddle, Tub faucet, Wastebasket
Unused electrical outlets should be covered with outlet protectors or safety caps. Use rubber spout covers to protect your toddler from bruises and bangs. Water heaters are the other risk factor to be considered when a child is around. Everyone keeps a plastic liner for the bathroom trash to make the job easier, but there are multiple incidents recorded where the toddler put the trash bag overhead and goto suffocated. For better cause use trash cans without the liner. Make sure the bathroom door can’t be shut completely. Consider buying devices that allow you to do that or just simply put a towel on top of the door. Mop all the water on the floor after bathing because even a little puddle would make children slip and fall. Keep the toilet-seat lid down and make sure to plug the hairdryer off after every use. Medicines and toiletries should be kept locked or in a childproof container.
Discover essential safety measures you can take to childproof your home, based on the age and growth of your child. Read, experiment and find out more about childproofing before your baby arrives and toddlers and beyond. This list is just a reminder to make sure you take your time to explore your indoors to find more possible risk factors.
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