Kids love to explore their environment, so it's very important to make sure your home is safe for your children.Here we list a few things to check out:
Preventing falls and hurt
- You can install safety guards across doors, stairs and balconies.
- Install grills outside the windows.
- Leave a low power light on at night to make it easier for your kids to go to the washroom and make their way to your bedroom without tripping.
- A stepping tool by the toilet or low level towel hooks would make it easier for your child to reach out for things easily.
- Add cushioned corner guards or edging to side tables, chairs and other sharp-cornered surfaces.
- Secure drawers and cabinets so that they’re unopenable.
- Keep medicines away from your child’s reach. Store them up high in a locked cupboard.
- Keep cosmetics, soaps, shampoos or any cleaning substance away from sight.
- Also ensure all of your houseplants are of the non-toxic variety.
- Make sure paint and other hazardous substances are stored in airtight containers and kept on high shelves.
- Keep matches, lighters and tobacco products away from kids.
- Keep toy batteries away as they can leak acid, causing serious burns.
- Use stove-knob covers to prevent kids from turning on the burners.
- Install at least one smoke alarm at your home. Check alarm batteries regularly and replace them annually.
Preventing Suffocation and Strangulation
- Remove items that could strangle or suffocate your child. These items could include cushions, cords, sharp items, carpentry and gardening tools, ropes, sacks, boxes, packaging, etc.
- Vacuum regularly to suck up any small item that can cause choking.
- If you have a pool, install a fence or self-locking gate.
- Install safety switches, which cut power off quickly to avoid electrocution.
- Replace electrical appliances and cords if they’re worn out.
- Use power point covers.
Here's to a creating a happy, safe environment for your child to grow up in!