Making Your House a Safe Place for Children

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Children are naturally playful. If you don’t keep a close eye on them, even if they are just playing inside the house, they might encounter accidents that may cause serious harm and injury. To make your house a safe place for your children, here are some guidelines that you need to follow and keep in mind.

  1. Ensure that your property is free from pests and other bugs that may bite and sting your children. Getting a pest control service can help eliminate pest infestations inside and outside of your house.
  2. Install safety latches on dangerous items that will be likely explored by your children, including refrigerator, oven, kitchen cabinets, and cupboards. If you still have babies or toddlers roaming around the house, make sure to childproof these furniture pieces and keep appliances away from them to avoid any accidents.
  3. Keep hazardous objects away from reach of children, including knives, scissors, hammer, heavy pots, pans, as well as alcohol, detergents, and soaps. Store breakable products and items that can light a fire out of their reach, too.
  4. Keep all electric cords neatly coiled and away from your child’s eyesight and reach. You may also use outlet covers to be extra cautious.
  5. For the stairs, install safety gates at its top and bottom, handrails along its length, and if possible, carpet or anti-slip rugs to prevent your child from slipping.
  6. Make sure all heavy pieces of furniture, such as bookshelves and cabinets are secured to the wall and inaccessible to children.
  7. Use door stops and door holders to prevent injuries to fingers and hands. Moreover, do not close the door of a room with only children inside. They might lock it with keys inside the room, not enabling you to enter again.
  8. Unplug appliances when not in use, and keep electrical cords neatly coiled and out of your child’s reach to prevent electrocution.
  9. Do not leave your child alone in the tub as he can drown with even a few inches of water.
  10. Finally, make sure that you give them proper instructions about staying safe at home. Remind them every time so that these safety reminders get instilled in their minds and they will remember them as they grow up.

As they say, prevention is always better than cure. By following these safety precautions for your children at home, you are helping them prevent injuries, accidents, and bad health conditions.