While the home is a safe haven for your loved ones, it is also a place for potential hazards and hidden dangers. Although seemingly harmless, the objects and surroundings which your little one is exposed to may jeopardize their safety if mishandled or neglected.
Home Safety Hazard
Since your house is the space where your child spends the most time in, safety measures at home are of utmost importance in ensuring their wellbeing – especially when left alone.
We strive to create the best environment for our children to live, play, and grow up in. Even though you may feel pretty confident that you’ve done a thorough job in making your house child-friendly, it is still necessary to be reminded of some common safety hazards at home.
Look again, did you miss out on anything?
Hazard 1: Stairs
Yes, you’ve probably guessed it. Stairs are a leading cause of injury for young children (under the age of 5).
Even though your child may have mastered walking and do not require safety gates anymore, you should always ensure that your stairway is well-lit at all times, and keep the steps free of toys or any clutter that may cause tripping. In addition, carrying large or heavy objects while climbing the stairs will likely affect your child’s sense of balance and obstruct their vision. So, the next time you see your child transporting a teddy bear bigger than them, discourage them from doing it. Be observant, and educate them on safety measures as young as possible!
Hazard 2: Pool
Your pool promises summer fun, but it also comes with great responsibility. If you have one, get serious about fences! Can’t emphasize this enough, but an unfenced pool at home with young children is a great sin. When your child is having playtime or learning how to swim in the pool, careful adult supervision is a must. Your child should never be left near, or in, the pool by themselves.
Hazard 3: Sharp Objects
It goes without saying that sharp objects are dangerous hazards. Put your mind at ease and let your child roam around the house freely by removing other objects with sharp edges. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, there are still many common household items lying around that present the danger of cuts.
For example, cutleries. Even though you may have already stored them in the drawer, you should ensure that they are placed high enough on the kitchen counter and out of reach from your child.
Photo frames may seem harmless, but danger lies therein. Most photo frames contain glass. If accidentally shattered, it could become a horrible nightmare and a risk for cuts. So, keep your photo frames out of reach from your child as well.
Hazard 4: Choking hazards
Whether it is a candy or Lego block, edible or not, it is not surprising that your young child puts any object they can possibly find in their mouths. While we can control the kind of food we feed them, it is more challenging to supervise our children round the clock and make sure they do not put anything that is a choking hazard into their mouths.
Besides careful supervision, check your child’s toys for any loose or broken parts. For toddlers, avoid toys with small pieces such as Lego blocks and even crayons. Always check and follow the manufacturers’ age recommendations when you purchase a toy for your little one!
Hazard 5: Electrical outlets
Danger, danger, danger. Our electrical sockets are almost at every corner of the house. Discover the value of outlet covers if you haven’t already – they are inexpensive and would definitely act as a protection.
As much as possible, avoid using extension cords and power strips especially in areas where your child spends the most time in. This minimizes your child’s contact with electrical outlets and prevents them from touching them unnecessarily.
With measured steps and by staying vigilant, we can continue to fill our homes with much more love, care, and comfort. Let us create a safe environment for our children to live, play, and grow up in!
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