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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 6/18/2017

Despite the fact that children are injured each year by hazards inside their home, you can safety proof your home and keep your children unharmed. Talk to your children about dangers of playing with certain products or items in your home. For example, you could tell your children not to touch the stove, stick objects in electrical outlets or play near or on steps. Creating a safe home environment is fairly simple To protect toddlers and young children from falling down steps, install safety gates at the tops of steps. Ensure that the gates are properly installed and donít give way when leaned against. Also, install safety locks or latches on kitchen and bathroom cabinets that store harmful household cooking utensils, chemicals like bleaches, grill lighter fluid and heavy skillets and pans that could fall on your child. Again, test the latches to ensure that they are properly installed. Additional steps that you can take to child safety proof your kitchen include putting anti-scald covers on stove eyes and remaining in the kitchen while the stove is on. Keep pots and pans on back eyes, if possible, while the stove is on to help prevent children from accidentally bumping into pots and pans, causing hot liquids and foods to splash on them. If stoves, refrigerators and other appliances are uneven, install pads beneath them to make them even. Anchors, similar to those used in hotel rooms, can also be installed on furniture to keep furniture from toppling over should children climb atop the furniture. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission also shares that edge bumpers can keep children from being injured should they fall against furniture. Alarms that should be in every home To protect your child from electrical shocks, place hard-to-remove covers over electrical outlets. Also, make sure that all electrical outlets have a standard plate on them. Engage in fire safety by installing fire alarms throughout your home. Itís also a good idea to store a fire extinguisher in a safe room in your house. Another type of alarm that you can install is a carbon monoxide alarm. Inspect both alarms regularly and replace the alarm batteries no less than once a year. As a family, practice fire and other safety exit drills. This can let you know if older children need more instruction on what to do in the event of natural disasters or a human created emergency. Outdoors child safety proof measures include putting locks on the garage door and placing garage door openers high enough so that young children cannot reach them. Make sure that electric garage door openers are functioning properly. Rakes, shovels, gravel, hammers and other heavy or hazardous objects should be kept out of the reach of young children. Because no child safety proof measures may work all the time, particularly if your child is determined to explore an area or object, educating your child about the dangers of playing with certain items is important. So too is making sure that you and your older children practice safety such as removing toys from the bottom of steps, keeping cords and plastic out of the reach of children and removing water from tubs when they are not in use.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 1/8/2017

While home is a place where you want to rest, play and relax with the family; it is also a place where accidents can happen. †Most children will get bumps and bruises, that is to be expected as children run and play; but some more serious injuries can be preventable.† It can be very difficult placing restraints on kids as they play, so the next alternative is to make the home a safe place for children to be in. Here are some safety tips that should be followed for different areas in the home. THE KITCHEN

  • Knives, scissors, forks and other sharp tools should be placed in the drawer secured with a childproof latch.
  • Locks should be installed on dishwashers so kids cannot open them while they are running.
  • When cooking, handles of pots and frying pans should be turned away and placed in a position that adventurous children cannot reach.
  • Cabinets under the sink should be free of all dangerous chemicals such as, detergents, dish washing liquid, and cleaning products. †Cabinets that can be accessed by children should also be secured with a safety lock.
  • Keep all plastic or polythene bags, and small objects out of the reach of children to eliminate the risk of choking and suffocation.
The Childrenís Bedroom
  • The babyís changing table should have a safety belt.
  • Baby cribs should be free of stuffed pillows, large stuffed animals and bumper pads to reduce the risk of child suffocation.
  • Toy chests and containers should have a safety feature that prevents them from slamming shut.
  • Safety latches should be installed on bureau drawers, closet doors and any other restricted areas in the child's room.
  • All furniture, toys and accessories in a child's room need to be age appropriate.
The Adultís Bedroom
  • All medication bottles, loose pills, coins and sharp objects should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Window blinds should be tied and kept suspended at heights that children cannot reach.
  • For parents who own fire arms, they should be locked and kept secured at all times. Ammunition should be stored separately in a secure location. †Children should never have any access to firearms or ammunition.
Electricals
  • All unused electrical outlets should be protected with safety guards and major electrical appliances should be grounded to prevent shocks.
  • Be certain that all electrical cords, and small electrical appliances are out of a child's reach.
  • A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home.
  • The most common source of carbon monoxide comes from open flames, such as ovens and ranges. †It can be formed from an incomplete combustion from any flame fueled device like clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces and even water heaters. For this reason it is strongly recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors.
Bathrooms
  • The hot water thermostat should be set below 120 degrees.
  • All sharp objects like razor blades should be stored away in a locked cabinet.
  • There should be non-slip pads on the bathroom floor to prevent the child from slipping.
  • Bottles containing chemicals such as mouth wash, perfumes, hair dyes, and nail polish remover should be stored in a safe and secure location out of the reach of children.
  • Child safety latches should be installed on the toilet, cabinets, and doors.
All parents should take the responsibility of ensuring their child's safety seriously. †There are many resources and products available to help ensure that a child is safe within their own home.