Child Safety in the Home Blog
For many parents, accidents and injuries that happen at home are devastating. We feel we should have been able to prevent what has happened and too often feel terrible guilt. We all know young children left unattended for any length of time can result in a serious accident and injury. Even the shortest period time alone may result in children finding ways to do things they should not! For those of us with older children, we know that through the adolescent years it is vitally important to have good communication. Knowing who their friends are and what they post on social media helps us teach and remind them how to continue to be safe. As responsible caregivers, we need to make the time to get to know their world as they grow in order to assess possible issues and continue our quest to provide the safest and healthiest environments for our kids.
Some of the most familiar yet important things to do to ensure your home is safe include storing cleaning products, prescriptions/over the counter medicines, and alcohol locked away where children cannot reach them. Don’t overlook other potentially harmful liquids. It is important to go through bottles and jars in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and garage carefully. Pay special attention to laundry and dishwasher gel packets as they can appear to a child as a colourful piece of candy. The more we are able to reduce our children’s access to harmful items, the more we reduce the chances of an accident or injury.
child safety is everyone’s responsibility
Many of us know that one of the most hazardous rooms in our homes is the kitchen and a key area of safety in the house is cooking safety. Given how much time we spend together in our kitchens and cook everyday, focusing on safe cooking habits and proper food temperature when cooking go a long way to keeping our children safe and families healthy. Accidents involving cooking appliances such as blenders, food processors, and toasters are very common. Try to consistently role model good habits when cooking such as turning pot handles away from the front of the stove. Whenever possible use the back of the stove if children are present to avoid an accident or injury.
In term of the rest of the house, ensuring young children cannot pull heavy furniture or items on top of themselves or get tangled in blinds cords are important. Of course, working to prevent falls is crucial to preventing accidents and injuries. For children who are older, teaching them safety rules about answering the door, the phone or using the Internet is key. For many of us in the northern hemisphere, we are just entering the cold season. This is an excellent time to check our fireplace safety and make sure we have working fire extinguishers in our home (and one in the car!). Since we haven’t had our gas stoves in the family room or wood fires burning in many months, we need to check that our fireplace gates are in good working order and still suitable for our child’s age and mobility. For example, here at NCS, we have grandchildren visiting this winter for the first time. We must purchase fireplace safety gates for their upcoming visit.
A recent topic we’ve been examining regarding child safety at home at NCS is gun safety. Our next update to the child safety in the home section is going to focus in detail on gun safety. It is vitally important to know if your child is spending any time in a home where a gun is kept. If so, you need to know for certain that proper locks are in place to prevent accidental discharge and that other gun safety rules are being followed. This can be an uncomfortable question for some to ask, but it is imperative that you know a home that your child visits and spends any time in has safe gun rules and that those rules are followed. If you would like to be notified when our new gun safety information is ready, please contact us and we will put you on our mailing list.
child safety at home requires up-to-date information
There are so many important topics regarding child safety in the home that we cannot write about them all in this post. However, we do cover many more child home safety topics on our website. You can follow the links if you would like to read about more specific topics in this section such as baby gates and particularly child safety gates for stairs and safety window locks Our motto is that we are all responsible for child safety so let’s get started looking through the information, getting up to date and all doing whatever we can today to keep our children safe.