When children are small they need constant supervision. In some instances in order to keep your children safe in the home you will have to take them with you from room to room. You need to be very cautious as children are inquisitive. Since they are growing, learning and becoming independent everything grabs their attention. Children want to touch, feel and put anything they see in their mouths so you have to watch them closely to keep them safe.
At a young age children don’t really have a sense of danger, for example nothing will hold them back from touching a hot iron or pulling on its cord. Don’t do your ironing with your children around. Make sure they are secure in a chair or playpen, unless you can wait until they are asleep to do it.
With so many tempting things to explore, you have to put yourself in your children’s position and see the world through their eyes in order to keep them out of harm’s way.
Safe In The Kitchen
Cooking: It’s really difficult to keep your child safe in the kitchen while you are distracted. If possible keep your child out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.
Drawers and Cupboards: As your child grows he will learn to open drawers. Make sure that sharp knives and other dangerous instruments are in the top drawer where he cannot reach. Child proof your cupboards to prevent your child getting hold of household cleaners and other dangerous chemicals. You can order locks and latches online or visit your nearest hardware store.
- Make sure you cut up your child’s food before he eats. Even grapes, although they are bite sized, MUST be cut as they are a serious choking hazard. When feeding your child never leave him unsupervised incase he chokes.
- Avoid using a table cloth as your baby or child can tug at it bringing everything down.
- Keep hot dishes in the middle of the table and out of your child’s reach.
Safe In The Bathroom
The best way to keep your child safe in the bathroom is to ensure your child cannot get into the bathroom when you’re not around. Keep the door closed at all times, and if your child can reach the door handle keep the bathroom door locked. Also ensure that the bathroom door can be unlocked from the outside in the event that your child locks himself in.
Bath time –Children are fascinated by water and bath time is FUN, but bathrooms are dangerous, and drowning is just one of the risks. Take steps to prevent any accidents from happening at bath time. Always use a non slip mat on the bottom of the bath. Never leave your young child in the bath alone, you should always supervise as children can drown easily in just a little water. Do not leave water in the bath when it is not in use. It is also vital that you have everything you need within reach before you begin bathing your child; it is dangerous to leave him even for a moment. Put a cushioned cover over the tap to prevent your child from being injured if he bumps his head. To test water temperature, use your wrist or elbow to feel whether the water is warm. When your child is old enough to open taps, teach him to run the cold water first followed by the hot water.
Bathroom cupboard – Make sure that medicines and cleaning products are locked away in the bathroom cupboard to keep your child safe from poisoning. Frequently used items like toothpaste, shampoo and soaps should be kept separate but also out of reach.
Toilet – Keep the toilet seat cover down so your curious child doesn’t investigate what goes on in there, or put anything inside like toilet roll or toys.
Safe In The Bedroom
Make sure that all bedroom furniture is sturdy and can’t fall over onto your child, injuring him or worse. Make sure that cupboards lock. All electrical outlets must be covered as a child can be shocked badly if little fingers find their way in there. Shelves should be high up where children cannot reach them. Do not pack eye catching toys up on high shelves to avoid tempting your child to climb up.
- You will notice that toys have a recommended age on the packaging. This is for safety reasons. Some toys have small parts which children can choke on. Stick closely to the recommended age to keep your children safe.
- Remove long strings and ribbons off toys to protect your child from strangling himself.
- Deflated balloons are a choking hazard for children under eight years old so keep them out of reach.
In Case Of Fire
Keep matches out of reach to guard against fire. Also do some research regarding fire safety to learn how to put out a fire correctly. Not all fires can be put out by simply throwing water on them. For certain fires you may have to use a fire extinguisher or a blanket. If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher you should definitely consider getting one.
Make sure you disinfect all surfaces in the home regularly to prevent your child from contracting Covid-19. Also disinfect toys as toys as they usually end up going into your child’s mouth and this is how the virus is spread. Keep children’s hands clean with soap and water. After going outside to do shopping, disinfect under your shoes, change your clothes and make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before touching your child.
With so many dangers surrounding our children we have to be vigilant in making sure they are always safe especially in our own homes.