When I had my first child E, I hadn’t realised how unsafe our home was. Our home wasn’t very child friendly, nothing seemed to be safe. Two years ago I had my second child. When J was born I realised how important it was to keep them both safe at home and out and about..
Here are five ways to keep your children safe at home.
1. Home security
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could always keep our eyes on our children? While many kids believe that mum’s have eyes in the back of their heads – I did when I was growing up. However we know it is impossible to watch there every move. With the Panasonic Home Security Cameras keeping your family safe has never been easier. The Panasonic home smart system allows your to have a ‘Big Brother eye’ on your home. The home monitoring system primarily use cameras, smart plugs and door sensors and an app on your phone. If you’re a busy parent getting jobs done, having a way of checking up on what’s going on in the play room, bedrooms or wherever is a massive help. It would allow you to get on with things more freely, whilst making sure your children are safe.
The door sensors are designed to alert you to people coming in and out a particular door. This could be an intruder or simply your kids. It is fabulous for parents with toddlers, walking in and out-of-doors, particularly the ones they shouldn’t be. With indoor and outside cameras this is a great home security system.
2. Prevent Falls
Children can be easily be injured in a fall, but you can take steps to help keep children safely upright. Keep your home clear of tripping hazards, such as electrical cords, throw rugs, and toys on the floor. Keep stairs free of clutter and place handrails on both sides of all stairs. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs and use none slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
Never leave a baby alone on a bed or changing table and use the safety straps on high chairs. Install gates to prevent access to stairways. You can make your home safer by making a few simple adjustments
3. Be watchful near water
More than 3,000 people drown every year, and children up to age 4 are the most susceptible. Never leave your child alone in a bathtub. If you have a pond add a grate to prevent children falling in or you could even consider fencing the area off. Water is so dangerous and it important to watch them when ever they are near or in water.
4. Prevent poisoning.
Poisoning is a leading cause of death in the home. The main substances that cause accidental death are medicines, poisonous houseplants, cleaning products, and pesticides. Keep your medications locked away from inquisitive young fingers and always tighten child-resistant caps properly. Move your cleaning products to cabinets with safety latches.
5. Keep children from choking.
Suffocation is a leading cause of death in the home for children ages 4 and younger. Always put babies to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress, not on a soft cushion, pillow, or blanket. Make sure to keep toys with long cords and window-shade pull cords away from small children. Children under 4 can choke on firm, round foods. such as popcorn, nuts, grapes, and hard sweets, so introduce new foods carefully. Also keep small objects that a child could swallow—such as jewellery and small toys—safely out of reach.
When we started baby led weaning with E I was constantly aware of choking. She was never left alone when eating food. It is the same with J.
Children are only small, innocent, little people, they don’t know when things are dangerous. We can teach them not to do things and educate them about danger, however we are the ones that are there to protect and keep them safe at home.
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