Wall & Floor Safety

 

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.

Furniture:

  • 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.

Stairways:

  • 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.

Electrical:

  • 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.