One of the important aspects of parenting is protecting and keeping your children from harm especially in the home. With this “Child Safety Checklist” we hope to do just that.
Around two million children ages 15 and below suffer from accidents at home and taken to hospitals each year. Children four years old and under are the ones who are prone to accidents at home, such as getting locked inside cabinets and falling in the swimming pool. This is why child-proofing is important in every household. Although parents want what is best for their children, some have the notion that this is expensive.
By making same alterations and improvements in the home, child-proofing is possible. Moreover, this does not be costly. With these following pointers, you can keep your children safe at home even in a shoe string budget. Take a look at the child safety checklist below:
- Secure your books.
Is your child fond of throwing around things in the house such as the books in the shelves? Toddlers, especially those ‘terrible twos” love to do things their way and have the habit of touching things and throwing them as well. If your child is always pulling the books off the shelf and either tearing them or simply leaving them lying on the floor, this can be frustrating. A cheap way to address this problem is to get old innertubes for tyres and tie them to secure the books in place. This way, your toddler will not be able to disarrange the books.
- Prevent crib falls.
One of the activities children who are less than two years old and starting to walk is climbing out of their cribs. This can result to accidents such as falls and injuries to children. There are two do-it-yourself was to keep our little one from climbing out of the crib. First, you can remove the support beneath the crib where the mattress is placed. This way, the mattress will be lowered to the floor and the crib will be hard to climb. Second, if the sides of the crib are not the same, with the one higher than the other, you can push the crib to the wall with the shorter side facing it. This will make it harder for your child to climb.
- Lock the medicine cabinet.
See to it that all medicines and other hazardous and toxic chemicals are locked and kept out of reach of the children. Ensure that the medicine cabinet is located on the upper part of the wall. If this is not the case, put a lock on the cabinet so children will not accidentally swallow harmful chemicals and pills. Locks for these cabinets can be bought from local hardware and home improvement stores. But if you want a cheaper and practical way to secure the cabinets, there are household items you can use like rubber brands and rubber bracelets.
- Cover sharp edges.
Children are prone to slips and falls and when these happen, they either hit their heads on the edge of cabinets or on the floor. To minimise injuries and reduce the impact if your child’s forehead or face hits the sharp edge of a cabinet, get a tennis ball, create an opening and cover the edge with the ball. You can also get pieces of old cloth and tape them on the edge of the table.
- Stabilise furniture and appliances.
Some emergency rooms cases include child injuries related to television or furniture tipping over and hitting children. The best way to prevent this is to anchor the furniture and television to the wall. These products can be bought from electronic stores.
- Cover power outlets.
There are covers available made of plastic material to keep curious toddlers from sticking their fingers on power outlets. If you do not time to buy these plastic covers, you can use a duct tape or any tape you have available at home to keep it inaccessible for children. Also, if you have many power outlets at home which are not often used, you can take some of your heavy pieces of furniture and place them over these outlets.
- Get rid of choking hazards.
One of the most scary points of this child safety checklist. Choking is one of the most prevalent accidents in children. Small toy parts and buttons are just some of the things children might accidentally swallow and lead to their deaths. It is important to always clear the area and keep the toys.
- Childproof your doors.
There are instances when a child unknowingly places his or her hand on an open door and gets injured when the door is suddenly closed. A way to prevent this is to use an old pool noodle swimming aid. Cut it in half, horizontally and place it on the door to prevent it from closing totally. On the other hand, if you need to keep your child from turning the door knob and opening the door, you can use a container with a cap. Create a hole on the cap, big enough to pass through the door knob and screw it to the door. Cover the knob with the container. Your child will not be able to open the door.
If you have the money to spend, there is a plethora of childproof devices and products available. However, why spend when there are DIY ways to keep your children safe at home?
Do you have anything to add to the child safety checklist? This list is not exhaustive there’s always something you can do to make your home for all the family. If you any ideas you have why not share them in the comments below.