A home is where young kids and young families spend most of their day, hence, it is important for our home to be a safe and nurturing environment.
Some safety concerns that children may encounter at home are:
Trips and Falls
Dangerous falls could cause serious injuries! Some simple preventative strategies:
1. Make sure windows and balconies are inaccessible by child:
3. Bunk bed/Double decker beds
4. Keep floors and carpets clear
5. Facilitative tools: have step stools and learning towers with reasonable height in the house for older children to use independently and safely.
General Bumps & Bruises
1. Bumper corners: place it around tables and sharp edges to prevent bumping
2. Door stoppers/bumpers: prevent doors from slamming on little fingers
3. Stickers on glass doors: prevent walking into them!
1. Sharp items (knives, forks, chopsticks, scissors etc.): lock them in a drawer-with a safety latch!
2. Glass objects (cups, glasses, plates, bowls, cups, blender/food processor blades): keep them in cabinets and make sure it’s way out of reach!
3. Bathroom items (razors, brow shavers, nail clippers): lock away after each use.
4. Outdoor Play Equipment: perform regular checks to make sure they are not rusty, have no splinters or sharp edges that could be dangerous.
Burns & Electrocution
*3800 cases of burn injuries in a year among children under 5 and seniors are caused by hot water.
1. Kitchen: off limits!
2. Showers and taps
3. Electric shock prevention: use electric outlet covers
1. Cleaning products: locked up away with latches
2. Toiletries: placed out of children’s reach
3. Medicines: placed out of your child’s reach after each use and after purchase
Never transfer medicines or household items and cleaning products into unmarked containers, keep them in their original containers to avoid confusion.
1. Ensure no “edibles” lying on the floor (sometimes toddlers may consider anything “edible”)
2. Check your child’s toys thoroughly: throw any broken/removable parts away to reduce chances for choking
Disclaimer: this is just a summary, there may be many more
Note: consider your child’s developmental age when childproofing your house!
Visitors should also learn your house rules and do check in that they follow the rules!
These refers to new skills and simple practices done daily to help prevent injuries:
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