Friday, July 10, 2015
4 Ways to Protect Your Children in Your Home
As a parent, it’s very important that you care for your children in more ways than one. You need to make sure that they are healthy by feeding them nutritious foods and ensuring they see their doctor regularly. You need to keep them safe in public by holding their hand and teaching them about crossing the street and other potential outdoor hazards. And you also need to protect them in your home.
Giving them a clean and safe home to live in is extremely important. After all, your children spend more time at home than they probably do anywhere else, and you want to ensure that accidents and other hazards are avoided when your child is home with you. The following are XX ways that you can protect your child in your home.
Windows can pose a threat to children, and most parents fail to realize this. Make sure that you do everything you can to keep your children safe around windows in your home, especially those that are on higher floors. For example, make sure you don’t put a child’s bed in front of a window, otherwise they have an easier chance of falling out. If you have single-hung or double-hung windows, you should try to open them so that the top part of the window is open instead of the bottom. This will make it impossible for your child to reach, which will eliminate the possibility of them being able to fall out.
Aside from the windows themselves, you also need to keep them safe with window coverings too. Blinds can pose a bigger threat to children than shades, as children can get wrapped up in the cords. You should either use shade window treatments or tie the cords up high so your child can’t reach them.
2. Household Cleaners
Household cleaners can pose a major threat to children, which is why it’s very important that they are out of the reach of children. Most people keep their cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink. If possible, try moving these to another cabinet or area where your child cannot reach it, such as the garage. If you don’t have another place to put the household cleaners, make sure you invest in a lock or other childproof method to keep your child from being able to get inside the cabinet. This will help to keep them save from the harmful chemicals found inside the products.
Stairs are another hazard for children in your home. Even if your child knows how to walk down the stairs safely, accidents can happen. Make sure that you put a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs to keep your child from accidentally falling down (or climbing up) the stairs. Serious injuries can occur if your child isn’t careful on the stairs, so taking this extra precaution will ensure that your child doesn’t hurt himself or herself while using them.
If you have banisters in your home, you want to be extra careful when you have children. Make sure that your banisters are high enough where your child cannot fall over them. Different cities have different codes regarding banister height, so make sure you follow them. When in doubt, you should go higher.
You also want to make sure that all banisters on second floors are secured tightly. This way if your child holds onto it, it will not fall off. You also need to make sure that your spindles are close enough where your child’s head and/or body cannot fit through. This will help keep your child safe when he or she is on a higher floor.
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