Best Child Home Safety Tips For Parents

While we’re always hearing about children being hurt or otherwise getting into trouble outdoors, most childhood accidents actually occur in the house. If you haven’t childproofed your house yet than it is likely to pose a whole host of potential accidents-waiting-to-happen.

You probably don’t have the time or the resources to eliminate any and all potential threats within your home. Thankfully there are only a handful of tips that, once implemented, will prevent the vast majority of safety problems. Here are some of the best child home safety tips that will help parents provide the best home environment for their kids.

Secure Anything that Could Fall

A lot of childhood accidents occur when your kid accidentally knocks something over and either gets hit, or creates a lot of breakable little shards that can cut them. There are a few ways to prevent this from occurring.

First you need to make sure that all of your home’s furniture is firmly planted on the ground. If you have any furniture that is even a little bit wobbly you need to either tighten its legs or replace it all together. Any wobbly piece of furniture is liable to become a falling object itself, even if you don’t use it to hold any breakables.

Items that you place on tables should be far enough away from the edge that your child won’t be able to reach up and accidentally knock it over. Heavy objects are better than lighter objects as they are more difficult to knock over- provided you already secured the table the heavy object rests on.

Outlets and Cords

Active power outlets are a necessity for modern life, but they also pose a threat to the well being of your child. An outlet that isn’t in use or properly covered is a huge electrocution risk for your child, and can potentially cause an electrical fire in your home.

The key to safeguarding your electrical outlets are those little plastic outlet covers. There are two ways to use them. Some people only use them to cover up outlets which don’t have a cord plugged passively into them, while others prefer to leave ALL outlets covered up which aren’t currently in use. That means unplugging your TV and other appliances when you aren’t using them and covering their outlets. This is slightly safer than the first method, though considerably more inconvenient.

You also want to make sure you don’t have a lot of loose cords lying around. Loose cords create both tripping and choking hazards for your child. You can get appliances with cords of an appropriate length for their placement in your house, or you can purchase plastic covers for cords that run along the wall or across your floor.

Avoiding Burns

A high percent of childhood injuries are burn injuries. Most burns come from either an open element of your home’s heating system (like fireplaces, radiators and hot water pipes) or from your kitchen. While most burn accidents in the home are not particularly severe, negligence can lead to significant burn related injuries.

There are plenty of non-heat-conducting grills and boundaries that you can surround your home’s heat sources with, and children shouldn’t be allowed near open fires (like fireplaces) at all. Children should also never be allowed to be in the kitchen alone when you are cooking meals- even if you are just passively boiling a pot of water on the stove. If you allow your child in the kitchen at all, always make sure that you keep your eye on them and that they keep their distance from your stove. Because cooking tends to demand a high level of attention, many parents simply choose to keep their kids out of their kitchens altogether.

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