Young children are curious and love to explore their surroundings. This exploration is vital to the learning process, but hazards in the typical home can prove to be quite dangerous for young ones. Childproofing your home is one of the most important things you can do to insure the health of your child.
While there is no such thing as a completely safe environment, you can take a few simple precautions to limit the dangers. Remember, there is no replacement for keeping a watchful eye on your child. No safety device is fool-proof, but you can lessen the chances of your child experiencing a household injury by using these devices correctly.
The following is a home safety checklist and preventative measures to protect your child from dangers at home
Safety latches on cabinets, drawers and toilet seats
Medicines and Poisons
Lightweight Plastic Bags
Toys with Small Parts
Anti-scald devices should be used on all hot-water faucets and showerheads. There is a good selection of devices that help test the temperature of bath water before bathing the little ones. Your hot immersion heater should be set at 48°C (118°F) to help prevent burns. There should also be barriers around radiators or heaters.
Corner and Edge Bumpers
Window Blind or Drapery Cords
Safety tassels and inner lead stops can be used to prevent children from being tangled up in unsafe cords. If your blinds are older, cords should be cut, and safety tassels should be added. If installing newer blinds, ask that safety features be added.
Door Knob Covers and Door Locks
CCTVs allow parents or care persons to keep an eye on children at all times.
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and should be in good working order. Make sure you test them regularly and replace batteries at least once a year. Make sure there are working fire extinguishers in the home and that you know how to use them.
Carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in all homes with petrol or oil heat or that have attached garages. These should be placed near sleeping areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Homes in colder climates with weather sealing are particularly vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.
CPR and First Aid Training
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