Ensuring Your Young Child’s Safety at Home

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If you’re living at home with a baby or toddler, you’ll want to make sure they are as safe as possible. While in the house, your child could be exposed to danger.  To ensure he or she is out of danger, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

Babies and toddlers sometimes unknowingly expose themselves to danger. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid potential hazards. In this article, we’ll cover some of the most recommended actions parents should take to keep their children out of danger at home.

Stairs and Ledges

Depending on the size of your home, your child may be exposed to areas where they can fall. In many cases, staircases and ledges can be dangerous places to allow young children to crawl and play. It’s important to find safe areas they can play as well as being able to keep a watchful eye on them.

Whether you’re in the kitchen, busy on your laptop, or maybe talking on the phone, you need to make sure your baby or toddler is safe. To avoid issues, having a playpen or particular room in the house where the children can play may be helpful. This can keep them away from dangerous areas in the house.

Overall, it’s essential to make sure all areas that children can fall from are secure, and your child is out of danger’s way. 

Toys

Small toys or parts of toys can be choking hazards from babies and toddlers. As a parent, you’ll want to make sure all your kids’ toys are safe and are not small enough to fit in their mouths. For example, lego pieces are definitely off-limits to very young children who may accidentally swallow them and choke.

As alternatives, giant building blocks and large solid toys are the best way to go. You want to make sure that, even if you look away, your child will not be in danger of choking on any small toys. There are many toys for children that are labeled for specific ages. This may help you decide which toys are appropriate for your baby or toddler.

In the Car

When driving with your child, you’ll need to make sure your car is completely safe. A booster seat is a must and will keep your child from shifting in their seat while you’re on the road. Just like a seat belt, a booster seat will keep your child safely secured in the car. 

In addition, you may also want to check the maintenance of your car, such as the pneumatic testing of the pressure in your car’s tires. You never want to leave home without first making sure your vehicle, including the tires, are functioning properly.

There are also signs, such as the popular “baby on board” sticker, that you can place on your back bumper. This will remind other drivers around you to drive safely and avoid pulling in front of cars traveling at high speeds. Car accidents put children at high risk of injury despite boosters seats and other safety products.

Electric Cords

If your baby is crawling throughout the house, they may be in danger of electric shock from cables and electric cords. For example, you may have electrical wires behind your TV or for various lamps and other electric products. Be sure to keep such objects tucked away safely and away from your child’s reach.

It is important to keep in mind that young children are inquisitive. They do not know which objects are dangerous and which are safe. To avoid hazards in the future, be sure to take precautions and keep all dangerous electronic devices away from your child. 

Your Child’s Safety Matters

When trying to keep your children safe, it is essential to make a few changes to your home and vehicle. Hazards like choking or falling can be fatal to babies and small toddlers. Nevertheless, there are many ways you can reduce risk and provide a safe environment for your child to grow and learn.