Providing a Safe Home Environment for Kids

Having kids come with great responsibility. As you all know children are natural explorers. Everything they come across is theirs to explore and discover –be it the remote batteries, small toys, electrical appliances & cords, the staircase among other things. Hence, they need to be adequately supervised at all times.

Well, it doesn’t matter how well-secured your house is, children will always be children – they will fall, stumble, choke and even drown if you take your eyes off them. Supervision is paramount – there are no two ways about it.

You can still remove or minimize potential risks in the house and keep your children safe.

Keeping your kitchen safe

If statistics are anything to go by, people spend most of their time in the kitchen. And the kitchen can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, especially for young kids. So;

  • Keep matches, plastic bags, knives and other sharp/dangerous/poisonous objects and substance in locked drawers.
  • Teach your children what’s hot and how to use some electric appliances safely.
  • Get a safety cover for the garbage disposal.
  • When cooking, keep the pot/panhandle away from the edge of the stove.
  • Hot foods or drinks should be kept away from the edge of the countertop or table.
  • Install safety latches/ appliance lock on the refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, microwave oven, dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Wipe up spills immediately. A wet floor is very dangerous for kids.
  • Turn the stove and any appliance off after you’re done using it.

How about window safety?

When kids start to crawl, extra precautions must be taken to avoid falls and related injuries.

  • Keep sofas and other furniture away from windows to discourage kids from climbing up.
  • Use window safety guards to protect children from falls.
  • If windows open from atop the better.
  • Never allow kids to open windows by themselves.
  • Ensure to lock windows after closing.

What about staircases?

With all the exploring children do, it’s very easy for them to fall down a flight of stairs. This, of course, can lead to very serious injuries.

  • Ensure the stairs is well lit and maintained.
  • Ensure the staircases are clear of any obstacles.
  • Use gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. The study gates should not leave big gaps in between and should be tall enough.
  • When your kids start to walk, teach them how to walk down the stairs using the handrail.

Bathroom and pool safety

Young kids face a higher risk of drowning because it only takes as little as an inch of water for them to drown. So never leave your kid unattended to in the water. If you have to take a call, take them with you –it’s that simple. Also;

  • Keep any electrical appliances away from the tub and pool.
  • Always be alert when your kid is swimming.
  • Install pool alarm system to alert you when your kid enters the pool.
  • Always lock the bathroom if not in use.
  • Install an anti-scald valve in your shower, sink, and tub.
  • Equip yourself with life-saving skills such as CPR, First Aid.
  • Learn how to spot signs of dry drowning and secondary drowning.

Other tips to keep your kids safe at home include:

  • Keep medicines and poisonous products out of kids reach. If they happen to swallow any substance you think it’s harmful, call poison control center immediately.
  • Cover the power sockets with plastic.
  • Install circuit breakers.
  • Get rid of damaged extension cords.
  • Make kids sleep in their own bed. Keep their bed away from electricity and curtain cords or any dangling cords that pose a strangulation hazard.
  • Always be vigilant about toys, food and other small objects around the house which can pose a choking risk.