Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Your Child

Every good parent wants to provide their child a save and comfortable place to learn, play and grow.  I’m sure that ensuring your child’s welfare is a priority for those of you who are parents.  Here are some tips that you can use to ensure your child’s safety and comfort at home:

As your child starts to crawl and then walk, injuries can happen when the child bumps into sharp objects such as the corners of tables, cabinets and shelves.  To prevent this from happening remove objects at home with sharp edges and corners.  You can also put cushioning, such as corner protectors, on the corners of furniture to protect the little one.
Choking and ingestion hazards are also common in most homes.  Keep small objects out of reach of your child.  Place small home decorations and other choking hazards elevated out of our child’s reach.  Medicines and chemicals, such as cleaning products, should be stored with safety latches and locks to keep you child from getting to them.  Be sure to have emergency phone numbers posted where you can quickly find them.  If you have a poison emergency or a question about poisons in the United States, call:     1-800-222-1222.  This toll-free number will put you in touch with the poison control center in your state.
Your kitchen is a dangerous place for your child.  Be sure to do what you can to make it as safe as possible.  If possible, install child safety latches on all cabinets and drawers.  Keep sharp objects. like knives. stored in a place that is inaccessible to your child.  Install a stove guard to protect your child from the hot stove top and control knobs.
Be sure to install outlet covers on all exposed electrical outlets to help prevent your child from being electrocuted.  Keep electrical cords contained.  Be sure to use a cable tie to tie up any excess cord length on your electrical devices.  This will help protect your child from being entangle in the cords.
If you have your windows open at home, be sure install window guards or window stops to keep your child from falling out of the window.  It is best to keep all upper story windows closed and locked when your child is upstairs.  Keep your window shade cords out of the reach of your child.  This will help prevent him or her from becoming entangled in the cord and being strangled or injured.
These are just a few tips on making your home safe for your child.  For more personal security tips, be sure to visit our Facebook Like Page .  Please be sure to FB Like this post and feel free to share it with your friends, especially those with small children.  Please leave your comments and questions below and as always thank you for letting us help Protect You Now.

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