Having kids at home can be a fun and exciting journey. There are so many moments of love and tenderness that you might even get lost in your kid or kids. However, as adults, it is our responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment for our kids to grow up. Infants, toddlers, and young children are still in early stages where they might not remember or understand instructions to not touch or not do something.
From the time children start crawling and walking without support, till they turn five years old, they cannot be trusted to stay safe on their own.
You slowly need to teach them safe habits and dangers of not listening to you. Letting children know which practices are safe and which are not is very important. The best way to communicate with children is to show them pictures and diagrams in a logical way. A helpful drawing or an explainer video with animated characters can also help children understand safety concepts faster and better.
Let us look at ways that you can safe proof your home for your kids.
Little children have a habit of crawling towards electric outlets and sticking their fingers into the cavities. Doing this can cause shocks. Use protective coverings and guards to cover all electrical sockets up to 3 feet from the floor to ensure your children stay safe.
Household disinfectants and cleaning equipment:
Store all liquids, soaps, and cleaning material in overhead compartments or shelves. Cleaning equipment contains chemicals that are incredibly harmful if consumed. Infants and toddlers do not understand the difference between washing liquid and juices. They might try to drink down the compounds. You can also put child locks on cabinets near the floors.
Equipment like hot ovens, water bottles, kitchen knives, cheese graters and so on should be kept out of reach of children. Ensure you have protective covers for all your knives and drawers that house pointed sharp objects. Even your kitchen scissors should have blade protectors on them.
Even safety razors, shaving creams and foams, hand washes, gels, body creams, and so on should be kept away in closed containers or shelves. Toddlers and small kids might harm or cut themselves by mistake. Keep an anti-slip mat in your bathroom and shower area to prevent children from slipping and hurting their heads.
All medication, including children’s drugs, should be kept away from kids and children. Kids do not understand the importance of dosage instructions. They can easily overdose on cough syrup if not taken under the supervision of an adult. Ensure all syrup bottles have child-proof caps that are difficult to open.
Install as many safety gates as possible throughout your home. Safety gates help provide a secure environment for children to roam around. Install safety gates at entrances that lead to attics, staircases, basements, gardens, backyards, and kitchens. Installing a safety door or gate at the opening of your toolshed is a proper precaution against unwary toddlers.
Secure the furniture:
Secure lightweight furniture to the floors or walls to prevent it from toppling over. Once toddlers learn to walk and run, they invariably run into large objects that may fall over. Sometimes children also like to climb the furniture around the house. While the objects may break or fall over, protecting your child should be your utmost priority. Anchoring all the movable furniture down helps protect your child.
Gates and fences:
If you have a house with a small garden that leads on to the main road, install fencing and gates. Children start playing outside from an early age. Fences keep stray dogs and cats out while keeping your child inside. Additionally, there are cars and bikes on the roads. Keeping your children from wandering outside will help prevent accidents.
Store glassware and cutlery:
Store glassware and cutlery out of reach of your children. These objects can break and shatter easily. Children are known to be clumsy and will not understand the dangers of broken pieces of glass. To avoid the bleeding and crying, store all your cutlery, crockery, and glassware away from children and lock with child-proof locks.
Cover edges and pointy corners:
Children are at very awkward heights. They tend to get injured by corners of tables, chairs, and electronic appliances. Use child-friendly edge covers that are made of a hard, rubberized material to protect your children. If you are unsure of the rubber, use foam to cover sharp corners of tables and chairs and other furniture.