When it comes to home safety, the responsibility lies with both the parent and the child. Especially when you have slightly older children at home that you don’t have to babysit and constantly keep an eye out for. It is, however, your responsibility as a parent to ensure that you create a safe environment for your family where every member of the house can grow and thrive. This needs to be your top priority as a parent. Do everything you can in your power to make sure you keep your family safe. Or at least the closest to safe as you can keep them. Here are some simple solutions you can follow to ensure you make your home as safe as you possibly can for your family.
Injuries that occur as a result of falls are some of the most common in homes. In fact, studies have revealed that out of every adult falls, one is always fatal and can lead to broken bones or even a head injury. Falls can occur mostly as a result of wet floors, scattered toys or slippery stairs.
You can prevent falls in your home by stabilizing your staircases, clearing outdoor steps, securing bathrooms, and installing supports wherever you feel it necessary.
In 2015 alone, more than 365,000 fires burnt down homes in the U.S. fires can be anything from mild smoke to total destruction raging furnaces and can even lead to loss of life. Fires can be caused by even the unattended iron boxes or candles. There is a lot, however, that you can do to prevent a fire from engulfing your home.
You can install fire alarms, monitor candles, unplug appliances when not being used, and purchase a fire extinguisher for your home.
3. Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide can cause you feel dizziness or headaches when exposed to minimum amounts. But very high levels can cause impaired vision, vomiting or even death. CO is quite difficult to detect which also makes it even more of a difficult threat to discern. Some of the things you can do to minimize CO injuries include installing CO detectors and keeping up your home maintenance.
Chocking has been found to be the fourth largest cause of all accidental deaths in the U.S. claiming over 5,000 lives in 2014. Chocking can occur from even a normal family dinner to a toddler swallowing a small item. Some of the steps you can take to minimize chocking are inspecting new toys for any loose parts, monitoring kids’ playtime, cutting up food, and keeping other dangers out of reach like small toys and nuts.
Houses are always swarming with many sharp objects which can cut your youngsters if not careful. You can minimize this risk by closing your trash bin, storing kitchen supplies, locking your bathroom, and putting away your yard tools.
Home appliances, especially some of the liquid items, can be quite poisonous when ingested accidentally. Kids fall prey to this more. You can decrease the chances of a family member becoming poisoned by storing all medicine properly, keeping the paint out of the reach of children, securing all household chemicals, and locking up detergents.
Curtains and window cords are just but a few of the household appliances which are common strangling hazards to small children. You can help protect your kids from strangling accidents by storing cords away, trimming or removing window cords, or wrapping them up from the reach of your infants.
In the past decade alone, the rates of incidences of drowning in the bathtub have increased by up to 70%. Which is quite alarming. You can prevent this incident from occurring by putting buckets away when not in use and ensuring you always attend to bathing children.
Burns can be caused by stoves and even dishwashers. Thankfully, you can ensure that no member of your family falls victim to burns by latching your dishwasher, using back burners, and adding stove knob covers to your stoves.