If you have kids you already know how prone they are to getting into EVERYTHING. Objects we don't even think about become an unthinkable danger. Our guest author today writes about ways to keep the children you love safe in your home.
Whether you're a new parent, about to adopt, starting a daycare in your home or becoming a grandparent for the very first time, you have some things to consider. Can't wait to experience the pitter-patter of feet in your house? Excited about having children (whether they are young or older) in your home? It's time to prepare your house for the most important ingredient of all: their safety. Whether children are just making the occasional visit to see you or will be living in your house permanently doesn't matter.
The fact is children will find anything to get into, stick their hand in, turn on or get out of without responsible care and attention. Keeping children safe from harm is more than buying some electrical covers for your outlets. As we live in 2011 with accessible laptops, cell phones and iPads within reach, there are many potential hazard sfor little eyes and fingers to get a hold of. Prepare thoroughly for children in your home, and they'll be sure to stay safe and comfortable no matter where they roam.
What Are My Home's Risks?
We've had an entire lifetime to learn how to be safe around our most valuable and breakable gadgets. However, having children in our home around those gadgets is another story. Take a walk through your home and look carefully from a different perspective. Crawl along your living room floor and notice what is in eye level of you. What about that extension cord in the corner? Can they reach the lamp on those end tables? Is your laptop and cell phone out of sight? Can that oversized, hard coffee table book hit him in the head?
How to Prevent Falls and Tumbles
Falling is part of being a child, but it shouldn't be a regular occurrence in your home. Once your baby starts crawling, you'll need to invest in some safety gates to put in her room, and each additional room you don't want her to get into. As they get a little older, don't neglect to put one in front of the stairs as that's one of the most dangerous parts of your home. Slip-proof padding under rugs is a good idea too, and as soon as your toddler starts walking you'll see how much of a luxury that will be! Keep your floors clutter-free which can help limit children from slipping and sliding on magazines, and getting ahold of important files from your office, etc.
All Those Little Hazards to Consider
Your children are able to get their hands on anything you leave out. Whether it's a pair of your flip flops they put in their mouth, plastic bags from the grocery store or a leftover turkey sandwich you didn't put up on the kitchen counter, there are potential hazards everywhere. Even as your children are playing or walking around your home, constantly look around each room as they may see it. Put away your shoes and clothes and make sure that paperclips, hair ties and miscellaneous garbage is always out of their reach.