Child Safety Tips At Home
Power strip is exposed. Your child could easily unplug a cord from the power strip, stick a metal object inside one of the holes, and electrocute himself. Keep power strips hidden behind furniture or, if they must be exposed, buy a power-strip cover.
Dishwasher is locked. The biggest hazard is ingesting the detergent, says Dr. Schmidt. Make a point of running the dishwasher as soon as you add the detergent. Store knives with blades down and leave dishes in the machine for as short a time as possible. Many dishwashers have a lock setting, so check yours. Otherwise, consider an appliance lock -- you may have to try a few to find one that works well with your machine.
Fortunately, home injuries are largely avoidable through education and prevention. Parents can take proactive steps to childproof the home and keep their children safe by teaching them a few practical rules.
And just like every other room, ensure any electrical cables are tucked away while the appliances themselves are unplugged. You’ll also want to use no slip mats to avoid any painful falls. This is one child safety tip you do not want to slack off on.
Start with the basic safety tips that everyone in the home can benefit from. When was the last time you checked your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? What about your fire extinguishers? Check for things like frayed wires or cords that might cause people to trip. You should also check you’re not overloading any outlets either.
Window has a guard. Windows should only be able to open 3 inches, about the height of an adult fist, or they should have a window guard. "And if you have a window that's low to the floor, or a window seat, it's imperative that you install a guard," says safety expert Alison Rhodes, of Wilton, Connecticut, who founded the childproofing company Safety Mom Solutions. For casement windows, Rhodes recommends removing the crank and keeping it somewhere that you can easily access.
But the truth is, household injuries are one of the top reasons kids under 3 visit the E.R. each year. And it's smart to be prepared for the worst. So we've shown you many of the hidden risks for young children -- as well as pointed out the safe spots -- and provided expert advice on how to childproof your home.
Remote control has a missing battery cover. Be especially careful of button batteries -- the kind you find in watches, hearing aids, greeting cards, and some toys -- which are higher voltage than traditional batteries. If your child swallows any type of battery, it can get lodged in the esophagus and cause severe damage, so get him to the E.R. immediately.
Keeping with bath time, be sure to check the temperature of the water. Young kids have much more tender skin than adults so it takes a lot less to severely burn them. You should set your water heater to go no higher than 120°F to avoid any issues, but even then make sure you check. Buy a thermometer so that you can always be sure.