We tend to associate security with areas where we are more familiar, such as our home, but this is not quite like that.
The house has multiple objects that can cause injury to children, such as toys, furniture, batteries, medications, laundry products, hot and sharp objects, and anything that may cause falls or suffocation.
Your home is suitable for adults but even if you are very careful, it has many potential dangers for a child. With some organizational rules and giving your child safety and prevention rules, you can keep your child safe from many risks, preventing or eliminating them.
But even when you think you’ve eliminated all the safety risks at home, the reality is that kids can always find something. That’s why supervision is one of the keys to the safety of children at home.
Also, as children grow up and learn to climb and open things, you should be alert to new dangers. You’ll probably need to change the environment to make sure your home remains a safe and creative place to play and explore.
And along with supervision and a safe environment, you can also improve home security by teaching your child what’s safe and not.
If kids have a creative space to play and explore, with many interesting things to do and look at, they’ll be less likely to seek their own stimulus by exploring places in the house where you’d rather they don’t go in.
It is important that children socialize at an early age and may have a certain level of freedom to grow and develop their independence. It’s about finding a healthy balance, which can sometimes be difficult until it’s achieved. While ideal, it is to be supervising them is not always plausible. The most efficient thing is to implement some basic safety rules for your children to comply with. This will help them become more aware of how they can protect themselves when you’re not around.
Familiarize yourself with the emergency contact list.
In each household, there should be no shortage of emergency contacts, either written or printed, and stored somewhere commonly used. This way, if a mishap occurs, family members can easily consult it and contact others if necessary. Show your children where they can find this list and how to use it in case they need it.
Ideally, primary contact information should be memorized (such as parent phone numbers or emergencies), but contacts from other members of the nearby family can be noted in this emergency contact list. In addition to family contacts, also include the phone numbers of firefighters, police, family doctors, and close friends to be more prepared. It’s a good idea to have easily accessible emergency numbers in various places in your home.
Stay away from the medicine cabinet.
Children should not have access to any medications when they are not under the supervision of a guardian, as they may take an overdose or take the wrong medications unintentionally. This could lead to serious health problems. It can protect your children by teaching them that any type of drug can be dangerous if taken in large quantities.
Practice water safety.
Children under the age of six should always be checked when in a pool or bathtub, as they may drown in little water. Teach your children to try the water to make sure it’s not too hot not to burn. Remind them never to mix electricity with water as it can be dangerous.
Children who do not yet know how to swim should use floats in larger places. Help them learn to float and basic swimming techniques so they can rest easy on the water. And to wear safety equipment such as glasses, bracelets, and vests to stay afloat.
When not placed safely, furniture can be a serious danger to children. For example, heavy furniture that is not mounted properly on the wall may fall and cause injury. To avoid scares, children should not be allowed to jump into beds or play scaling shelves.
Don’t open the door to strangers.
It is a very important thing to teach them to keep the doors closed and secure at all times, and only open the door for familiar faces and that they are allowed to enter at any time. Explain that if any strangers ring the doorbell, they should remain silent and not open the door. This is especially important if your children are old enough to be alone at home. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to consider installing some security cameras so that family members can safely and easily see who’s at the door.
Do not play with fire
While most children distrust the fire and understand the dangers of fire, others are often curious and try to experiment with matches or gas lighters found at home.
It is important to note that it is never acceptable to play with fire, even if an adult is present at home.
It is also necessary to install fire alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Place fire alarms in each room and kitchen.
Carbon monoxide is a poison gas that has no odor. Also, place a carbon monoxide detector outside each room. Check them periodically. Keep matches, matches, and lighters out of reach of children. If your child is older than six, have an escape plan in case of a fire and make sure he or she knows what to do in that case.
Know and consider food allergies
If your child is allergic to a food group, it’s crucial that he or she teaches the importance of understanding what it means to have a food allergy and how to stay safe.
Through clear communication, you can help your child understand the difference between “safe” and “unsafe” foods, as well as the dangers of eating foods that affect his or her well-being.
Despite teaching your kid safety standards at home it’s good to keep it as safe as possible, we give you some tips about it:
– Use doors to limit access to stairs, avoiding falls.
– Secures all high and heavy furniture to the wall.
– Do not place climbable furniture near windows.
– Blinds with hanging ropes should be shortened and those with looped strings should be cut. A mooring device must also be installed.
– Plug covers.
– Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, perform periodic checks.
– Secure all windows with locks. Screens are used to keep insects out, not to keep children inside.
– Electrical cables and sharp objects should be kept out of reach.
– For sharp corners on furniture, use corner cushions.
– Install the cabinet locks where needed.
All the information we give you in this article is indicative as each child and each family is different and unique.
Carolina González Ramos
Edda Virtual Solutions
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