Although home is the place where children learn and grow, home injuries are the leading source of childhood accidents. However, most home accidents are largely preventable. Use these 6 safety checklist to keep your children safe and accident-free.
1. Home Security
Widely available, home security systems offer complete home protection. Although security systems are typically used to defend against theft, these systems have a range of purposes.
Most system features protect against fire danger and carbon monoxide poisoning. And with the use of an app, appliances can be shut off to avoid electrical fires. Many systems are completely wireless, including outside cameras which are particularly useful as an electrical fire preventative.
2. Water Safety
Even if children know how to swim, they should not be left alone in a pool, lake, or ocean. It only takes one fall or big wave to hinder a child’s swimming ability. One of the most common childhood deaths, drowning can happen in a matter of seconds.
For backyard pools, safety gates should be purchased so that pool-related incidents do not happen while children are playing in the backyard.
3. Cleaning Chemicals
Because children are curious, household cleaning products are not safe in an unlocked cupboard. Typical cleaning products have harmful chemicals that, if ingested, can have harmful effects on children. These chemicals should be placed in a safety-guarded cupboard.
Similarly, you should secure any typical bathroom products such as perfume, liquid make-up, soap, mouthwash. These can prove harmful if swallowed or placed near the eyes.
In the event of a child getting into any of these products, poison control should be called immediately.
4. Locked and Unloaded
Children should be taught the importance of gun safety. Because of the potential for severe danger, family firearms should be placed in a safe or in a locked cabinet. In case children come into contact with a gun at someone else’s home, children should be taught to tell an adult immediately.
5. Food Safety
Health and nutrition measures are a huge part of around the house safety. Children should eat a well-balanced diet, and items such as cookies and candies should be placed out of children’s reach.
Eating a nutritious diet will improve a child’s immune system. With all the germs kids come into contact with each day, having a strong immune system will help to prevent them from coming down with any sickness.
Additionally, any alcoholic beverages should be placed out of a child’s reach. Ingesting alcohol is extremely dangerous to a child, especially if they ingest an excessive amount.
6. Pet Safety
Although family pets are good companions, pets bite more than 155,000 children in the U.S. each year with most of those incidents occurring with familiar pets. Because certain dog breeds are territorial, they will bite if provoked.
Even-tempered, loving dogs like Labradors or Retrievers are better suited as a family pet. Additionally, children should be taught how to treat and approach animals to avoid any type of attack.
Be proactive about childproofing your home to keep your family as safe as possible.