Safety Tips for a Child-Friendly Home

Your home may be full of potential hazards for children. You can keep your child safe by finding out what these hazards are and then eliminating them. But even if you removed all the risks, your child can still stumble and fall. That’s primarily the reason why supervision is the main key to kid safety.

Fall Prevention

The most common injury in every age group is caused by falls. Keep your child safe by supervising them as they learn new skills.

  • Always lock windows, particularly those located in the upper storey. You may also shield them so your child can’t fall out.
  • Safety guards should be installed in your home, particularly across the entries to balconies and stairs. Always watch and supervise your child on stairs and balconies, even if you already have guards.
  • Dim lights should be used to make it easier for you to look after your baby at night.


Preventing Burns and Scalds

Burns can be prevented by keeping your child away from hot surfaces and fire. Watch your child closely whenever he’s anywhere near things that may burn them like stoves, ovens, and other appliances. Meanwhile, scalds are caused by hot drinks and very hot baths. Here are some tips to avoid these risks:

  • Keep hot drinks out of your children’s reach.
  • Hot water in the bathroom should be at the maximum of 50 degrees Celsius. Always mix cold and hot water to get the right temperature for babies and children.


Poisoning Prevention


Poisoning is among the leading causes of injury in children under 5 years old. They are often poisoned by common household chemicals and medicines. Keep these stuff locked away or out of their reach to avoid poisoning.

Preventing House Fires

House fires may be caused by children that play with lighters and matches. As a precaution, make sure that your smoke alarms are properly working.


Avoiding Suffocation and Strangulation


There are household items that can strangle or suffocate a child. These may include soft toys, bedding, blinds, ropes, cords, and much more. Here are some ways that you can prevent suffocation:

  • Stuffed toys, cushions, and piles of clothing should be kept away from child’s reach.
  • Plastic bags should be tied in knots and kept away from children.
  • Blinds cords should be wrapped in cleats attached to the wall at least 1.6 meters above the floor.


Water Safety


Water safety depends on whether you supervise your child around water – pools, baths, and buckets with water.

For bath safety, supervise and pay full attention to babies, toddlers, and children below five years old. Don’t leave older children to supervise.

Electrical Safety


Outlets and electrical wires can electrocute your child. Here are some tips on how you can prevent it:

  • Have safety switches installed by a licensed electrician.
  • If there are any electrical issues, have it repaired by your electrician immediately.
  • Electrical appliances and cords should be replaced if they’re worn.
  • Use outlet covers.

Don’t wait until anything happens before you make your home safe for your child. Make it child-friendly! Who knows, doing so won’t only protect your children, but it may earn you home insurance discounts as well!

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