13 Crucial Child Safety Tips For Parents

I sat down one day and was wondering if I had done enough to teach my 5-year old daughter about safety and to be honest I had my doubts. There are so many things that she may encounter in life and I’m not sure if I’ve prepared her for everything. The bottom line is I probably will never stop teaching her things, especially when it comes to Child Safety Tips. For those parents with kids going off to school, it’s a good time to revisit some of these safety issues and make sure your child understands what they should and should not do.

Here are a few things you may want to consider when it comes to Child Safety Tips.

1.    Start in Your Home
Your child is more likely to have an accident or hurt themselves in your home than they are in the outside world. Childproof your home first.

2.    Protect Your Electrical Outlets
Make sure that all of your electrical outlets have covers them when they aren’t in use so your child doesn’t play with an open outlet and electrocute themselves.

3.     Store Chemicals Up High
All chemicals in your house should have secure childproof caps, and should be stored in cabinets and shelves well beyond your child’s reach.

4.    Guard all Heat Sources
Install screens over all grates and vents that expel heat, and surround all radiators and hot water pipes with barriers.

5.    Cap Sharp Edges
Doors, counters, and many pieces of furniture have sharp edges that your child can cut themselves on. Get dull plastic caps for all sharp edges in your house.

6.    Toss Toxic Plants
A number of common houseplants are actually toxic when ingested. While adults and older children know to not chew on or swallow plant leaves, young children aren’t likely to show this prudence. While you can place toxic houseplants up high, their leaves can still fall down within reach of your child. It’s better to just remove these plants from your house entirely.

7.    Fire Prevention
There are a number of ways your child can accidentally start a fire in your house. Make sure that all fire sources (like lighters and matches) are well out of your child’s reach, and if you have a fireplace or a wood-burning make sure it has a sturdy screen acting as a barrier to keep your child away from it. Additionally, make sure that your stove and oven is turned off whenever it is not in direct use.

And of course, make sure you have smoke detectors with working batteries operating throughout your home at all times.

8.    Securing Window
Keep all windows closed and locked at all times, unless you are directly monitoring your child or unless there is absolutely no way your child could climb up near them. Do this even for first floor windows.

9.    Protecting Your Child Outside
While most childhood accidents occur inside your own home, there are numerous outside threats to your child’s safety. Take a walk around the outside of your home and make sure there are no potential hazards that could affect your child’s safety. Some examples include uneven surfaces that are tripping hazards, outdoor chemicals that may be accessible to kids, pools, sharp edges, fencing problems, etc.

10.    Avoiding Strangers
When it comes to being safe outside there is nothing you can teach your child that’s more important than rules for dealing with strangers. Make sure your child knows to NEVER speak with strangers when they are outside, and to never approach or interact with a stranger when they are alone. You must ensure your child knows to never, ever get in a car with a stranger.

11.    Crossing the Street
The second most important outside safety tip involves crossing the street. When a child is very young you should not let them cross the street on their own. Always hold your child’s hand when crossing the street, and teach them to look both ways before you cross- even when you are holding their hand.

12.    Inside the Car
Up until they are one year old your child needs to sit in a rear facing safety seat when they are riding in the car. After that they must sit in a standard safety seat until they are about four years old. Once they are four and older they must always wear their seatbelt, and they should preferably sit in the back seat until they are eight or nine years old.

13.    Staying in Sight
Make sure your child knows that they must always remain in your sight. This isn’t a problem with very young children, but as they grow older children are liable to want to run off in every possible direction every chance they get.

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