An important part of good parenting is providing a safe home for your child.
I have some safety tips for you to make sure that your family is on the safe side.
This episode discusses general rules around the house.
Walls & Floors:
- Make sure that the wall paint contains no lead. Repair any cracking or peeling paint immediately.
- Remove any nails in the walls within the reach of children.
- Make sure that mirrors and frames are hung securely.
- Secure carpets to floors and fit them with anti-slip pads.
Doors & Windows:
- Install finger-pinch guards on doors.
- Install one-piece door stops (not the ones with rubber tips that could be swallowed)
- Place doorknob covers on doors, and keep unsafe rooms always locked with keys hanging away from children’s reach.
- Stick or paint colorful sings on all glass doors in the house so they won’t be mistaken for open doors.
- Have childproof locks on sliding doors, and door stops securing them when they are open.
- Have window guards installed on upper-floor windows.
- Fix window stops to keep the windows from closing all the way.
- Secure window-blind cords with clothespins or clips.
- Secure bookshelves and other furniture with wall brackets so they can’t be tipped over.
- Fix protective padding on corners of furniture pieces that have sharp edges.
- Fix safety hinges on closet doors to prevent them from closing.
- Have flat screen TVs mounted securely on the wall, and older, heavy TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture.
- Fix stops on all removable drawers to prevent them from falling out. Or avoid buying drawer chests all together.
- Keep beds away from windows.
- Fix safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway.
- Clear stairways of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting and toys.
- Placed a guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails.
- Keep the doors of rooms you don’t want the children to enter always locked.
- Cover electric outlets with safety plugs.
- Have all major electrical appliances grounded.
- Make longer cords fastened against walls.
- Remove overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets.
- Have televisions screwed to the wall or placed out of children’s reach on sturdy TV tables.
Heating & Cooling Elements:
- Install a screen on all working fireplaces/heaters/radiators.
- Have the chimney cleaned regularly.
- Keep heaters at least 3 feet (about 1 meter) from beds, curtains, or anything flammable.
Emergency Equipment & Numbers:
- Place a list of emergency phone numbers in every room in the house, and save them on your cell phone.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Have an emergency ladder for the upper floors.
- Have smoke detectors and check their batteries regularly.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector if you use natural gas or have an attached garage.
Other Safety Issues:
- Remove any potentially poisonous houseplants.
- Issue a no-smoking rule in your home to protect kids from environmental tobacco smoke and potential fire hazards.
- When necessary, check your house for lead, radon, asbestos, mercury, mold, and carbon monoxide.
- If there are guns in the home, place them in a locked cabinet with the key hidden and the ammunition locked separately.
- Always supervise your child around pets, especially dogs.
Wishing you and your family all health and safety.