Being a parent it’s your duty to be concerned about your child’s safety whether at home or outside. Children should always be under adult supervision and never alone. It is important for your kids to socialize at a young age and be able to have a certain level of freedom to grow and develop independence.
Ask your child how they feel about staying alone at home. If they seemed worried or afraid, they may not be ready for staying alone at home. But if they are keen to try this experience can foster their sense of independence.
So here are a few tips about which you can brief them in order to keep them safe at home.
1- HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
Inspect your home thoroughly for any safety risk. Make sure that all of the smoke detectors of your home are working properly. Review the sound of the alarm, what to do if it goes off, with your child. Tell them to immediately get out of the house.
2- BABY CRIBS SHOULD BE CLUTTER FREE
There are many cases seen in America that were due to suffocation during sleep because babies are put in cribs and cots with unsafe bedding, pillows, and blankets. So, never put your baby in with tight bedding or hard objects. Always use firm and flat mattresses for your baby.
3- ENSURE SAFETY AROUND GLASSES
While running freely around the house, it can be very easy for the child to bump into glass doors and windows. You should apply a shatter-resistant film to windows and doors. Put stickers at eye level to avoid unnecessary bumping.
4- KEEP DANGEROUS ITEMS AWAY
The very important child safety tip for parents is to put anything dangerous out of kid’s reach. Remove all the potentially harmful chemicals from the house. STore all such hazardous materials in a high, locked cabinet. Put a safety latch on the doors of cupboards where you keep household chemicals.
5- PREVENT FALLS AT HOME
Falls are the most common cause of injury. So install safety guards across entries to stairs and balconies. Always supervise your child while they are climbing stairs. Make use of sensor lights so that your child walks without tipping over.
6- PREPARE SAFETY CHECKLIST
You should make some rules when you have to go out, leaving your kids at home, that is acceptable when they have to be on their own. You can make a checklist and prepare all things needed to ensure your children’s safety before you leave. What you can do is write down your cell phone numbers, your family phone number, put bandages, and a first aid medicine box in a handy location.
7- KEEP YOUR HOUSE OPENINGS SECURE
Kids are not aware of where a door or window might open or close. There are many chances that kids get their fingers stuck in the gaps of doors or windows. So you should secure all the doors and windows by using preventive locks so that they cannot be opened easily.
8- NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD IN BATHROOM WITHOUT SUPERVISION
Playing in water is one thing that kids enjoy a lot. But leaving them unattended in the bathroom or bathtub is never a wise decision. Children can drown only in a few inches of water, so never leave them alone, in the bath, even for a single minute. And also never leave water in the bathtub when it is not in use.
9- CHILDPROOF ALL ELECTRICAL OUTLETS
Every parent knows that children are curious from birth. Electrical points and outlets are an invitation for kids to mess around and stick their fingers in the board. So, hide the extension cords behind the furniture, or a hide-cord-device. And never leave unattended devices and cables.
10- ENSURE BACKYARD SAFETY
A backyard is a safe place for your kid to play. But at the same time, there can be various things that pose a potential threat to your child. You should make sure that your yard should not have any poisonous plants. And also train your children to never pick and eat anything from plants.
11- PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM BURN
Always keep your child safe from hot surfaces and fire. Keep an eye on them when they are anywhere near things that can burn, such as stoves, microwaves, etc. You should always keep hot drinks away from your kids.
12- CAREFULLY STORE SMALL TOYS AND MINIATURES
Young children are at a high risk of choking on miniature items and toys that are small or have detachable parts. They can grab anything they see and put it in their mouth. You should be extra careful and keep the following things in mind to prevent any choking. Like, avoid keeping small or showpieces within reach of kids.
13- HIGH CHAIR SAFETY
Once children learn to sit then parents prefer high as the good option. Many parents consider them quite safe for their children, especially while feeding them. And according to the survey it is found that there is a 22% increase in high chair related injuries among the children.
14- WATCH YOUR KID WHEN THEY ARE IN BABY WALKER
Baby walkers rank high in the list of must-have baby products, but this baby walker could turn out to be a significant cause of injury. So parents should include safety measures for baby walkers. If you are having open stairs try not to use a baby walker as your kid can roll down the stairs in a blink of an eye.
15- KEEP YOUR CHILD AWAY FROM CHILD ABUSE
Yes, child abuse at home is also a possible cause of concern, and as new century parents, you should not ignore this. So, never leave your child in the care of a stranger. Keep a check on the changing behavior of your kid, and notice both physical and mental signs and symptoms.
If you follow these tips and do the basic baby-proofing your home needs, you can be assured that your child will be safe at home. Drop us a comment and let us know what your favorite tip is.