Household Safety Checklists That Keep Kids Safe

There is no doubt, home is the best and safe place where you can spend with all the family members. But even then the kids and other family members meet with minor accidents where parents have to take care about few objects that cause accidents at home. Following are the few checklists that may help you to keep track of and ensure that the kids get the freedom to play at home.

Home Safety Tips:

1. Batteries:

Kids always love to explore when they find something new. The first thing that the little kids do when they find a new object is, they put it in their mouths. Every year in the US, about 2,800 kids are treated in emergency rooms for swallowing button batteries. So try to keep such kind of objects out of sight and reach of children. If you have unused batteries, keep them locked that prevents small children from accessing the battery.If you suspect that your kid had ingested a battery, then call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline Number: 202-625-3333.

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2. Burns and Scalds:

Burns and scalds are the most common injuries we see in kids. On an average 126,035 children across the US are found to be injured due to fire or burn and are treated in emergency rooms. So parents have to be more careful while cooking and holding a child. Instead of holding your kid in the kitchen, put a chair within your reach and talk to your children so that they would better understand what is going on. Keep away the hot fluids or liquid away from children. Place the match boxes and lighters in a safe place so that the children cannot reach them.

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3. Carbon Monoxide:

Carbon monoxide is released from heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, cars, etc. It has several side effects on people, especially on children. Symptoms of Carbon monoxide include headache, nausea and drowsiness. So  make sure that your home has a carbon monoxide alarm, especially near sleeping areas. If possible, try to maintain the combination of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Do not use any grills, generators or camping stove inside your home.

Carbon-Monoxide

4. Falls:

The major injuries for kids of age less than 5 are seen due to unintentional fall. Injuries are resulted from activities like climbing windows, furnitures, stairs,etc.  You can prevent such injuries to your kids by using approved safe gates at the top and bottom of the upstairs. When you place your child in a high chair, do not forget to strap them in the chair. Let the kids play in a secured playground, covered with synthetic turf, sand, wood chips, etc.

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5. Liquid Laundry Packets:

Parents have to be careful when you dissolve the liquid laundry packets in water. There is chance that the kid may put their hands in the dissolved water and get in contact with eyes or mouths which is very dangerous. So, try to keep liquid laundry packets away from reach and if you dissolve it, put the container closed.

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6. Medication:

As children are curious by nature, it really makes sense to be more curious when it comes to medication. As some of the medications have the taste of candy, they will be in an eager to try it. So make sure that all the medicines and vitamins are stored out of reach of children. Try to keep track of different places where you places like purses, night stands,etc because kids may get into such places and take the medications out.

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7. Poisonous products:

There are certain household products like bathroom and kitchen cleaning liquids, mirror cleaning liquid, etc., that are to be kept out of children’s sight and reach. Store all the items in a cabinet and lock the cabinet. It just takes few minutes to open the lock and take the item. In an emergency, you can call Poison Helpline Number: 1800-222-1222.

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8. Toy Safety:

Kids always find fun with toys and games. Whether the child play with any puzzle game or building blocks, it is important that it does not hurt them. Consider the child’s age and read instructions before you buy a toy for your child. Keep a special on game pieces that cause choking hazard for young children. Make sure that the toys have no holes or hinges as they may catch the kid’s little fingers.

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9. TV and Furniture Safety:

Try to protect the child from the potential risk of TV and furniture because these are the other object that keep the child at risk. To prevent injuries from TV, mount it to the wall and prevent them from toppling off the stands. Use wall straps or brackets to secure the kid top heavy furniture to the wall.

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10. Water Drowning:

Parents have to be more careful with water at home and swimming pool. Whether it is a bath tub or swimming pool, the child feels fun with water. Never leave your child unattended when they are near water. Empty all the tubs, containers and wading pools after use. Keep the toilets locked.

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Make your home as heaven and protect your child from injuries. Million of kids hurt at home every year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide Organization. As young kids spend most of the time at home, creating a healthy and safe environment is always the best part that parents have to take into consideration.

-Neelima

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