Home Safety for Kids


Most parents tend to think of the dangerous possibilities or situations that their child might encounter, when they’re away from home. Always teaching and reminding the children about safety measures when they go to school, on field trips or out and about. However parents also need to consider the dangers around and inside the house and how to prevent bad things from happening.

Take time to read important details below:

Alone with Water

With summer here, it’s important that whether it’s about taking a bath, playing with a hose of bucket or even drinking, never take your eyes off your child when there’s water involved. It might seem like an overreaction, but here is why you must be careful

Bath or play time:

Even if the bath tub is the right size for your toddler, and even if it’s not full with water, take in consideration the safety of your child. Do you have an anti slip mat so your child won’t slip over and hit their head.  There is still a possibility for a child to drown with less than an inch of water, hence why even playing with the bucket and hose in the yard can be dangerous.

Kids do the silliest things and they might get playful and stick their face into the water and accidently inhale a lot of water which can cause drowning. Many children who have done this have been known to drown in their sleep which is referred to as secondary drowning due to water entering their lungs.  Muscle cramps is also a known factor of likely result.

Drinking:

Being proud with your sons and daughters with their little attempts on drinking using a glass is a delightful feeling. But as safe as it may seem, it also hides a possible danger. If they are not really used to drinking without sippy cups, this might also cause them to drown. Accidentally inhaling their drink will cause the child difficult to breathe, as a result, it would lead to hyperventilation or even drowning as to air cannot travel freely in the child’s respiratory tract.

If you’re going to do anything while your child is taking a bath or getting a drink, it wouldn't hurt if you just wait until they’re done. Remember that it would just take seconds for anyone to drown.

 

Household Chemicals

The containers are being labeled with “Keep out of reach of children” are there for a reason. It’s not just a phrase that is required for printing on labels.

Many cases of child death is caused by eating crop fertilizers, detergents, drinking cleaning chemicals, dish washing liquids or accidentally pouring hazardous liquids on their skin.

Be sure enough to store these things in a well locked cabinet or install a cabinet guard. Better yet, put them in a place where children cannot get their hands on.

 

Medicines

It does not  matter if it is a child’s medicine or an adult’s. Medicine should not be taken unless necessary and under direction of an adult.  Overdosing can lead to palpitation, poisoning, or worse… even death.

One can prevent kids from getting a hold of these things by storing them into a container with safe blister caps.

 

Furniture

Keep furniture well mounted and wall locked so that even if the toddlers climb on it, it will not lose balance and tip off. Flat screen TV’s are the biggest issue as they can easily fall on the toddler and crush them underneath. Even draws can be dangerous if the child decides to open them all up at once, their weight will simply mean the cupboards/drawers will fall onto them.

Do not attempt to put anything that may tip off, especially in your child’s room.

 

Kitchenwares

Knives, blenders, stoves, graters, matches and more. If you know it could cut, burn or in any means put your child’s health in danger, be sure to keep them away from those little curious hands.

They might think it’s okay to touch and use those things as they see grown ups use them.

 

Electricity

As much as possible, cover electrical outlets and keep wires under electrical tubes that can be bought to hardware stores.

Keep your chargers away from where the child might catch a glance of and pull on. Children like to chew things, and chewing your cord while in use is highly dangerous.

 

Curtain cords

Another high risk around the home is curtain cords.  Many children get tangled up and accidentally strangle themselves.  Make sure they are either tucked up into the curtain or secured by the hooks provided at installation.

 

Small Stuff

Toys, batteries, jewelry and anything that could fit whole in your child’s mouth should not be taken for granted. It should be kept in a storage where the child cannot get a hold of it.

Choking is one of the highest reason why children are being admitted in hospitals and are being directed to emergency rooms. If not given a fast solution, the child might highly lose their life.  Button batteries are the biggest culprit.

 

Windows, Stairs and Doors

Falling and being Wedge, kids will always find a way to enjoy their surroundings. This includes, opening things that are not supposed to be opened, climbing things and hiding.

Some cases of child endangerment involves them falling out from a window, falling off the stairs or being wedged through doors that are not safely locked and guarded.

If you have a child in your house, installing safety guards and locks are not expensive, and they do help to make sure your child is safe. Always close the doors and windows, be sure to have ventilation for air.

 

In any case, no matter how safe your home is, be sure to at least have the knowledge and have practiced CPR or a  first-aid course. Know the difference of these methods for adults and children, as the young ones are much delicate to these techniques.

REMEMBER: Always call for help even if you know how to do first-aid.

When facing an emergency, the best thing to do is call for HELP:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 000
  • SES assistance in floods and storms: 132 500
  • Police attendance: 131 444 (all states except Victoria)
  • International incident emergency helpline: 1300 555 135 (within Australia)

More emergency details and instructions: Emergency Hotlines