Statistics show that, every year, a large number of children are injured in or around the house, due to lack of prevention measures taken by the parents. Unintentional injuries are one of the top reasons why children under the age of four are ending up in the ER.
There is a really good exercise to assess if your home is safe for your children. It might seem a bit funny, but try crawling around on your hands and knees and see everything from their perspective. This way you will be able to determine risks you never thought about before.
So what do you have to look for?
Is the furniture safely secured? Children are very curious and they are exploring everything. They will open doors and drawers and, also, they will try climbing it. Make sure every piece of furniture is tight to the wall to prevent tipping.
Corners and edges. There are many ways to deal with sharp edges and corners. You can either replace them with something round-shaped or you can attach bumpers.
Secure rugs. Carpets and rugs are really dangerous, especially if they are placed upon a glossy surface (like polished hardwood floors). Make sure your carpets do not slip by using special bolts or adhesives.
Safety latches and locks. Use these items for your cabinets and drawers to prevent your children from gaining access to objects that present choking hazard, to sharp tools or dangerous substances and medicine.
Door knob covers. If you don’t want your child to be able to walk by himself in a certain room, use a door knob cover and always remember to close the door.
Finally, remember that the best protection is constant supervision!