As adults, they stand much taller than children. The world looks much larger to them than to us adults. Also, it is a bit more exciting for them, and how they love to explore. Cabinets, crevices and boxes all give fuel to their imaginations and have them seeking out mischief.
Most of us have always been taught to keep dangerous chemicals down low and not at adult eye level. One accidental spill and you could wind up being blinded for the rest of your life. But, on the other hand, to a child that cabinet under the sink could be even more dangerous.
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Child Safety How to Keep Your Kids Safe Potential Infant Toxins and Poisons
Here are some of the more common household substances that could become poisonous to your child.
Medicines – When your child sees you taking pills, don’t ever describe them as “candy for adults.” If your child gets hold of one of those bottles they may swallow the pills thinking that they are candy, and wind up very ill, or even dead. Make sure that your children do not have easy access to these and that they are well hidden, out of reach, or locked up!
Hair spray and shampoo – In the bottles, it looks like something to drink. Neither have childproof tops so kids can easily work them loose. With spray bottles, pushing down on the nozzle the wrong way could give your child a splash to the face or even the eyes, so keep these well out of reach!
Cleaning products – These are often what we think of when we consider household poisons. They are often kept below the sink in the bathroom and kitchen but not necessarily locked away. Even bottles that have twisting nozzles to prevent spraying can be manipulated by a child. Corrosives can burn and eat away at the mucus lining of the throat and stomach if ingested. Mixing chemicals can lead to noxious fumes. These need to be properly stored when you have infants in your home. They must not be within reach of children so place them on a shelf high up in your closet until they are of age to understand the dangers they pose!
Make-up – The loose powders from make-up can be smeared on the face and get into the their eyes. Mineral make-up may be safe on the skin but not when ingested. Children can also get into and drink perfumes, body washes, shaving cream and other personal products. Make sure that these are well out of reach for children which may be susceptible to harm from them.
Pesticides – Products used in the garden or to kill bugs can also be a danger to your child, and for us too as a matter of fact! They are often lethal if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Your child won’t be wearing gloves when they get into it, and these truly need to be properly stored if you do have them. I would not recommend using them in the first place, as even if keep them safely stored, spraying them in your house poses dangers not only to you, but especially infants that like to explore and stick things in their mouths! Use those electrical pest repellents or other options instead of pesticides!
Child Safety How to Keep Your Kids Safe Preventing Poisonings
Here are some more tips to help you make your home as safe as you can for your child. Accidental poisonings happen more often than you would like to think, but with these tips, you can help to minimize the risks.
* Lock cabinets. Keep childproof locks on cabinets under the sinks so that kids can’t reach the cleaning products.
* Use original containers. In case there is accidental poisoning, you will more easily be able to identify the substance so that the correct treatment takes place.
* Keep medicines in the medicine cabinet. Leaving them on the counter is within the grasp of little fingers.
* Clean up any spills. Small hands are always on the counter. A child could accidentally rub their eyes with a hand that has some household cleaner on it.
* Keep your make-up in a bag and out of reach. Never let your child play with it. They could use it improperly at another time and hurt themselves.
There are certainly much more toxins and poisons in your home than you may realize. Remember to think like a child and use the above tips to secure your dangerous chemicals.
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* Always have and practice a good smoke and fire safety plan. Have two possible exit routes, and have a walk through and make sure your kids understand the importance of the plan and the dangers with fire. Make sure your smoke detectors are installed and working properly by testing every month and replace the batteries every year.
Small Items and Choking
If your children are young, you need to keep small objects out of their reach as well, as everything they find seems to wind up in their mouths sooner or later. Avoid the potential choking problem by keeping all small items that they may choke on out of reach to them. Toys with magnets in them can be particularly dangerous if they are swallowed by a child, leading to death or serious injury. Most of these magnet toys have been recalled but there may still be some being sold at yard sales.
Stairways, Furniture and Falls
If they are at the age where they are still liable to choke on something, then they are potential victims of falls as well. In a study done between 1990 and 2007 by Safe Kids, there were more than 5,400 injuries from falls in the age 4 and younger age group from bunk beds, so the risk is real. Only children age 6 or above should be allowed on the top bunk bed, and you should install padded carpeting underneath and surrounding the bed. Also keep nearby to infants when they are on the couch, bed, or other furniture. It is also good to move the furniture away from windows so they don’t wind up climbing out the window! Toppling furniture is a big risk to children from the ages of 5 to 9, with televisions being one of the major risk factors with more than 100 tykes traveling to the ER each year due to televisions falling on them from them pulling on it. TV’s should be kept on low, sturdy furniture and not higher up, like on dressers. Water coolers, wall units and bookcases also are frequent offenders of furniture falling on children. Anything with a narrow base and decent height are liable to be dangerous, but you can use safety products like angle-brackets or furniture straps to secure some of these to the walls or floors, or furniture in the case of TV’s. If you have stairwells or staircases in your home you should use safety gates to keep them from taking a potentially fatal tumble down the stairs.
Outdoors and Backyard Playgrounds
For kids between the ages 10 to 14, the typical backyard playground equipment poses the biggest potential for risk of injury. While parents, for obvious reasons can’t build a bubble around kids to keep them safe at all times, and the odd scrape and bump is bound to happen to active kids, there are some things that we as parents can do to help minimize the risks of playground accidents. The playground equipment should be surrounded by a deep, soft surface such as wood chips or sand to help cushion any potential falls. In cooler weather, the kids should not be wearing any clothing with drawstrings, since they could wind up being caught in the equipment and cause strangulation. Scarves should be tucked into clothing, although not wearing them while using the equipment is an even better idea. Maybe have them wear a turtleneck or other high collar clothing just for use on the equipment instead of using scarves.
Hot Water and Scalding
Sometimes the hot water in our homes can get really hot! For apartment dwellers this can be even more of an issue especially when first moving in. I have had some places where the water gets way too hot! Set the water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees F. This will also help to reduce your energy usage a little bit.
Water and Drowning
Children can drown in a very small amount of water so this is a big concern. Also test the water before placing your child in, as they have very sensitive skin and can get burned easily if it is too hot. Bathtub helpers such as baby bath rings, for example, can give parents a false sense of security that they will hold a child up in the bathtub, which they may or may not so children should never be left unsupervised in the tub, even for a moment. Always stay in the room with them, and if you need to leave to answer the phone or door, please take the child with you! Same thing applies for when you are mopping, don’t leave the mop bucket unattended, always keep it in sight and empty it out immediately after you are done. As always, and is good common sense, always keep ALL electrical devices which are plugged in away from the tub at all times!
In a typical year, there are product recalls for playpens, bicycles, toy beach chairs, charm bracelets, children’s sleepwear, waffle makers, hair care products and much, much more. Some of these items being recalled are because they don’t meet safety regulations, some don’t have proper labeling, and some are downright insane. Some recent recalls included baby monitors where they child can become entangled in it and choke to death. So keep alert to recalled products, and we try and keep up to date on them but we have limited resources, but we will try our best. Just make sure you keep your eyes and ears open when you hear the term recall anywhere!
Other Child Safety Tips How to Keep Your Kids Safe
The dreaded plastic bags are everywhere, on the highway fences, backyard fences, oceans, and in our homes. Keeping these plastic bags and other similar items like un-inflated or popped balloons away from your children is a wise decision.
Always use those plastic safety inserts to cover your electrical outlets that are not in use. Also, many of the newer power strips have similar features to cover up unused outlets so use them. A curious child can wind up being accidentally electrocuted if they find their way into one of these outlets!
Alcohol – Cigarettes
Anything which is dangerous for adults we must assume is also dangerous for children, and even more so for a matter of fact. Of course we don’t want our children to get into the alcohol cabinet and have a few martinis, nor do we want them to have a smoke or two I would imagine. Cigarettes also pose a bigger danger in that they can create fires, and I have heard many a story of a child playing with cigarettes, lighters or matches that have started house fires which have been tragic. Keep these locked up or out of reach!
Matches – Lighters
These should be locked up or kept way out of reach as these can threaten not only their safety, but the whole families as well if they accidentally start a fire, and have done so many times in the past, so don’t fall victim to this please. There should be no way in heck they can ever get to these, even if they are trying!
Firearms, Guns, Knives & Scissors
This should be child safety 101, and in no way should they ever be able to get to any guns, firearms or other dangerous weapons like knives in your home. Keep them locked up with the guns and bullets separate, and if they are locked, also keep the keys hidden and out of reach. As for knives, we all have various kitchen knives, and some have hunting, craft, or other types of knives and, or scissors in the house. These need to be treated like any other household hazard, at least for infants, and also need to be safely stored, out of reach of children.
When we are speaking of elevated heights, we mean anything that your child is placed on that is elevated above the ground. A changing table, or bed, or any other furniture or object where your baby is elevated above the ground is what we are referring to. Any time the child is elevated, you need to always stand close by with a loving hand on your baby.
When cooking on the stove, always use the back burners when possible, and keep everything away from the countertop edges. If you need to cook on the front burners, make sure that you do not leave unattended. Make sure that the infants can’t get to anything they aren’t supposed too!
When it comes down to our child safety, a little paranoia can never be a bad thing. Remember that accidents happen, but let’s not create an environment where more potential accidents can happen. Let’s minimize the risk by taking a look around our homes from the child’s perspective and make sure it’s a safe place to play. We hope you have learned how to keep your kids safe with these child proof home tips and child safety tips!
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