In Home Safety
As children grow it is important for families to adapt the safety precautions that they have in their home. Accidents can happen anywhere, however it is important that we all do our part to prevent accidents from happening.
There are different ways that parents and families can keep their children safe at home. There can be equipment installed in the home such as baby gates, lock boxes and cupboard locks that prevent access to harmful household items such as cleaning products, medications, and stairs.
Here are some tips on how to keep your home safe for your children!
Medications: Have conversations with older children about medications and making sure that children are aware of the safety risks regarding all types of medication. For young babies and children, it is important to not compare medicine to candy and always keep all medication in a safe place not accessible to children.
Safe Sleep: Babies under the age of 1 should always be put to sleep on a flat surface like a crib or bassinet. Make sure that there is nothing with them that could be a strangulation hazard (loose clothing, soother strings, pillows and blankets).
Cleaning Supplies: Make sure to keep all cleaning products out of reach from children! Cleaning products should be stored up high out of reach, or kept in a locked cupboard that is not accessible to children.
Toy Safety: Toys are often labelled with an appropriate age group, it is important that children play with toys that are for their age as this will help keep them safe. It is also important that if you are gifted a used toy that parents inspect the toy to be sure that there are no broken parts that could be harmful to a child. If your family has different age groups, teach the older children when/where it is safe for them to play with their toys so the younger child/ren will not be able to access it.
Fire: It is important for all households to have working fire alarms/smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors. Remember to test them regularly and have an exit plan ready for your family in the case of emergency.
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