While the turmoil in the world at large is a cause for concern, most accidents happen around or in the home. Here are a few safety tips to keep your family safe. The National Safety Council reports that most home accidents are the result of falls, accidental poisoning, choking, or drowning.
Of the many people globally are injured each year from falls in the home, did you know most of these incidents involve uneven flooring or stairs in some way? You may think this advice is geared towards seniors, but studies show that children are just as likely as seniors to be injured. Keeping your home clear of any tripping hazards like electrical cords, throw rugs or clutter like toys are an important safety precaution. Stairs should be free of clutter and have handrails on both sides of the stairs. Light switches should be installed at the top and bottom of the stairs. New home elevators can be installed in a minimal footprint, which could be an option too.
Window screens are not designed with child safety in mind. They keep insects out, but can easily be removed. Window safety latches can keep small children from opening the window more than a few inches. However, if you install these, make sure they can be easily removed in case of a fire. Windows should be easily accessible and not painted or swollen shut.
Poisoning is the leading cause of death in the home, mostly due to improperly stored household substances. Toddlers are the most likely age ranges to experience accidental poisoning from medicine, houseplants, pesticides, and even cleaning products. Medications should be locked away and stored in child-resistant containers. Cleaning products should be stored in a locked cabinet or moved away from under the sink. Even with these precautions, you should keep your local Poison Control phone number readily available in your home.
Be Careful with Pools
Thousands drown each year in their homes so toddlers under 4 need constant supervision around water, both swimming pools and the bathtub. You should never leave your child alone in the tub, even for a moment. Swimming pool owners should install a cover to prevent access to the pool when it is not in use.
The leading cause of death among children aged four or younger is suffocation in the home. Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress. Toys with extended chords or window pulls should be kept away from small children, who may become tangled in them. You should also be careful with certain foods for children under four. Small grapes, nuts, and hard candies present choking hazards.
Every single home should be equipped with up-to-date smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. You should take this one step further by having an evacuation plan in place with your family. Teach young children their first name, last name, address, and 911 as an emergency address. Have a plan of where to meet so you can make sure everyone is out of the house safely.
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