Home should be a place where children feel safe and secure, and for many, that is exactly what it is. However, just because they feel safe doesn’t necessarily mean that they are!
There are many hidden dangers within the home and just outside of it. As a parent, you may not think of all of them, yet these dangers could cause injury (or worse!) if an accident was to happen. The following six tips will give you a good idea of some of the things to look out for when you are making your home as safe as possible for your kids.
Think about all the heavy items you have around your home, and you will realize that there are a lot of them! Items such as couches, TVs and their stands, music equipment, bookcases, and much more can all be a danger to your children. If they were to climb on them or knock them over, they could be severely hurt.
Even if the children were fine, there might be damage to your belongings, which may be expensive to fix. Therefore, you should secure anything that is heavy and could potentially topple over. You can secure some items to the wall and others to the floor, or to other sturdier pieces of furniture.
If you don’t have smoke alarms in your home, then it is imperative that you install them as soon as possible. This is your first line of defense against fire, because it will alert you long before the flames become too fierce and impede an escape.
Ideally, you should also install carbon monoxide alarms (or buy a combination alarm to save space and money) to ensure complete safety for all within the house. The alarms must be checked and tested on a monthly basis, and you should keep a stock of spare batteries in a childproof drawer or cabinet so that you can replace them as soon as the old ones are dead.
Fire Escape Plan
If a fire were to break out, the detectors mentioned above would alert you to the fact quickly. Yet, you will still need to escape from the property in the quickest, easiest way. This is why you need a fire escape plan. Take some time to walk through your house and note where the best exits are so that in the event of a fire, you will know where to head. You can even draw the plan out so that your children will know what to do. Finally, if you can, you should practice a fire drill so that everyone in the property will instinctively know where to head should there be a real fire.
If you have any signs of mold and mildew within the property, then you will need to remove it straight away. Although not all molds are dangerous to human health, some certainly are. Hence, if you are unsure what type you have, you can take a swab and have it tested.
No matter what kind of mold you do have, removing it is important because even the ‘safest’ kind can affect a child’s lungs, making them wheezy or even triggering asthma. Mold can cause damage to walls, ceilings, and even carpets, so once it has been removed, you may need a specialist contractor to fix the damage left behind. Mildew will also smell musty and unpleasant, which is why searching for how to get mildew smell out of carpet is another good idea.
Even medicines that might be seen as harmless, such as allergy pills or simple aspirin for headaches, can be dangerous for children. Moreover, prescription medicines are often much stronger than those bought over the counter and can be even more dangerous, even fatal. It is for this reason why you must ensure that all medicines, no matter how ‘mild’ they may be, are locked away out of reach of children.
A lockable bathroom cabinet is ideal, as this will usually be placed high off the ground where small children can’t reach, and the lock is an added layer of security. Alternatively, you can choose to keep them in your bedside cabinet, for example. As long as the cabinet or drawer is locked, it doesn’t really matter where it is.
Your ability to keep your kids safe in the car is just as important as keeping them safe in the home. Some of this will be down to your safe driving: you won’t speed, and you will obey the rules of the road. Of course, that doesn’t account for other drivers, so you need to make sure that your child’s seat belt is completely secure. Once it is clipped in place, tug on it a few times to make sure that it stays securely locked. If not, your child won’t be able to use it, and you will need to get the problem fixed immediately.
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