Safety Rules At Home For Toddlers
Accidents are the main cause of injury and deaths. Unfortunately, however, people only relate accidents to traffic accidents or accidents that happen in outdoor activities. Sadly, enough, the place which is regarded as the safest place, i.e, the home is a haven for many hazards and accidents. The main cause of these is general negligence of safety tip and safety rules at home.
Creating a safe and conducive home environment where kids would be safe and secure is the responsibility of every parent. This must be a top priority and concrete plans must be made to achieve this. More than 11,000 people die at home each year as a result of preventable injuries such as falls, fires, drowning, and poisonings, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year, for which they are taken to accident and emergency units.
Generally, there are a number of serious safety hazards in every home. However, with science and technology and also addressing these key issues around the home and taking proper precautionary measures, these grave concerns can be adequately taken care of. We have put together a list of the common and yet dreadful health accidents children commonly face at home and how to avoid them.
Role of Parents in General Home Safety
Generally, kids and toddlers must be protected because they cannot express themselves when in danger. They only have a limited perception of the environment because of their lack of experience or development. They are not aware of the consequences of the many new situations that they encounter daily. It is our responsibility as parents to guard and protect them.
Ensure that a firm mattress with fitted sheets is used on your baby’s crib and that the baby’s crib is kept away from windows and blinds. Blankets and toys must not be placed in children cribs. When in the car, make sure that they are properly fitted in the child’s car seat which should be properly fitted. Parents should also ensure that there is a functional and working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of their home and in all sleeping areas. You should also test the alarms to make sure they work.
As they gradually grow and navigate through the process of crawling to walking, there is the need to be more careful. This is because of the unstable gait of these toddlers coupled with their curiosity which can be challenging. At this stage, they combine energy and curiosity perfectly. As a result, they would try out things we never expected or thought they could do. At this time, there is a need to be cautious as parents. We must be careful not to kill their curiosity as they want to explore, learn and have fun. As a result, bumps, bruises, scratches, and scrapes become commonplace. But we must not allow these degenerate into more serious injuries.
All furniture must be moved away from windows in order to avoid window falls. Children must be properly educated on the need to avoid running at this stage as these could lead to falling. Floors must be kept free of toys. All toys must be kept in toy boxes. They must never be left on their own on raised surfaces and floors must be constantly checked for wear and tear. Floors must be kept dry and all forms of “steppings” such as a chair next to a window must be avoided.
At this transition stage too, their curiosity must be watched. Toys are essential for their cognitive development but they must be properly chosen. Avoid toys that have small detachable parts as they could be swallowed. All small objects must be kept out of reach of children. They should for no reason be left alone in the bathtub as this could cause suffocation. Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept out of their reach and if possible, install blinds that do not have a cord especially in the children’s room.
The need for proper and adequate education at this time is very essential. Children tend to ask questions a lot at this stage. Parents must take their time to answer their questions and make them understand why they should not do certain things. They must never be coaxed but be made to understand the consequences of actions that could be detrimental to them. They should understand the reason why they must not play around any form of fire or any hot material like the pressing iron. Toddlers must be completely kept out of the kitchen, and when necessary, proper fence or door must be installed at the entrance of the kitchen.
Another area where extra care must be taken is related to what they take in. At this growing stage, one main characteristic is that they tend to almost put anything they lay their hands on into their mouth. Hence, parents must be extra careful. Medicines and all chemicals must be completely kept out of sight and out of reach, preferably in a locked isolated cabinet. All cosmetics, perfumes and essential oils must be kept out of children’s reach.
Parents must also be vigilant especially as their children crawl around the home. All fires and heaters must be well guarded. Nursery guards and baby gates with flip sides could be installed for safety. Smoke detectors should be installed. All electrical wiring installations must be checked regularly. All appliances with worn or damaged flexes must be fixed. Fireboxes and containers should always be placed on a stable surface and away from combustible materials. All fires must be extinguished before going out or going to bed.
To cap it up, although home accidents cannot be completely avoided, its occurrence can be reduced and prevented. To prevent accidents to children, adults should pay more attention to home safety. The place of proper education also cannot be unestimated. Parents should also clear any hidden “hazards” at home and teach children about safety.