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It is
great joy to have a baby, however, the little bundle of joy needs protection
even at home. Some appliances or items that look harmless to us may cause great
danger to your little ones even without you knowing it. Here’s a list of 10
basic things that you need to be careful about when getting to the task of
protecting your kid.
1. Hanging Cords
A typical
hanging cord may wrap the child’s neck causing strangulation. If your kid likes
to hang on it, he may easily fall down and this might expose him to imminent
danger. Avoid tying your toys with some string or hanging cord. You may also
want to shorten any loose cords around your home so your child does not reach
them.
2. Cabinets
Cabinets can hide dangerous objects
such as knives or even shut on your kid’s fingers, resulting in injuries. When
cabinet doors are slammed constantly, the child might find it entertaining and
therefore want to mimic it. Avoid opening cabinets in front of your child and
most importantly, do not keeping small objects and poisons in there.
3. Electrical Outlets
There is something about electrical appliances that fascinates kids. So, be sure to cover all outlets with safety caps before your kid finds his or her around them. Also, keep electrical cords out of the kid’s way so he doesn’t end up pulling or even chewing them.
4. Household Chemicals
You use
common household chemicals every day, but they can still be dangerous if they
come into contact with the skin or if swallowed. For this reason, it is
advisable to remove all cleaners from within the child’s reach. Also, avoid
storing cleaning detergents together with food so your kid does not mistake one
for the other.
5. Stairs
A kid
goes to the hospital every 6 minutes for stair-related injuries. For that
reason, you need to be extra keen to employ safety gates at the top and bottom
side of your staircase to lock your kid out of danger. Also, keep the staircase
clear of clutter and other items to avoid accidental trips or falls.
6. Hot Water
If you
have hot water outlets around your home (or any other direct source of hot
water), you need to be extra cautious. Keep your child out of such areas and
make sure they are accompanied by a responsible person whenever they go inside
the bathroom. Also, remember to check baby’s bathwater with your wrist before
bathing them.
7. Small Objects
Even the
smallest objects in your home can cause serious injury to your kid. We’re
talking about small magnets, button batteries and balloons etc all of which are
made from dangerous chemicals which if ingested cause serious damage to the
digestive system. Always keep such items tucked safely away from young
ones.
8. Sharp Corners or Angles
Interestingly,
children are more attracted to sharp angles than rounded ones and this makes
the prone to accidents at home. If you have furniture or any sort of equipment
that is designed with sharp corners, it is high time you fit it with some
rubber cap (or at least do something to reduce the extent of danger exposed to
your child). Also, train your children to play away from the source of
danger.
9. Baby Crib
You must
be vigilant about the safety of your baby’s crib. With statistics from the US
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) showing that more than 11 million
cribs every year, it is imperative for parent to consider some basic safety
measures especially when buying a used crib. Ensure the crib mattress fits
perfectly as well to prevent your baby from falling in between the gaps.
10. Countertops
Don’t
think that just because your kid is small he can’t reach what you place on the
counter. So be careful what you place on the countertop lest your kid grabs it
and causes harm to himself. Move all fragile and unstable items from the
countertops as sometimes these may fall and break thereby causing danger to
your child.
Final word
It’s the
little things we do that help protect our children from the biggest sources of
danger in life. And while we may not know the value of such actions, it is
clear that kids whose parents go the extra mile are saved from harm 90% of the
time. Keep these 10 pointers in mind and make your home safer for your little
ones.