10 dangers in home to children and how to prevent them
It is better instead to serve foods that are moist, soft and liquid based. Also do not serve on an utencil more than your child can handle in one bit. As parents, we want to protect their children from dangers that exist in the world. Sometimes though we may not be fully aware of the multitude that exist. Obviously outside of our homes animals that are dangerous we will take steps to remove the threat. When out driving we secure our children in child seats special designed to protect their small bodies in the case of an accident. To take our children out to the mall for example we select the best possible stroller we can afford to provide comfort, privacy and security.
As a parent you too want to ensure your home is a safe environment for your child. With proper precautions and awareness there is no reason why you can not make this a reality in your home. By being proactive your children will be more secure from some common household dangers that you may or may not already be aware of.
Apart from being aware of dangers in our homes it is critical to never leave your child unsupervised as they have an ability doing things they are not supposed to as soon as we turn our backs for even a minute.
Let us now look at 10 dangers in home to children and how you can prevent them by taking the necessary actions to ensure their safety.
Are you certain that your home is free of microbes that can make your family sick? Do you regularly clean your home by sweeping and mopping? Do you dust often? It is important to regularly do all of these cleaning activities so the risk of allergens affecting especially your little ones.
Allergens like mold are dangerous as they are dangerous to us humans. Be certain you are regularly cleaning areas where mold loves to grow and thrive such as the bathroom, toilet, doors, window frames and closets to name a few areas. Regular cleaning of these areas will greatly reduce the opportunities for mold to develop.
After you have a shower for example it would be wise to hang up the floor mat to dry out. This way no mold will have a chance to grow.
I recommend you buy Lysol Disinfectant Spray as a first line of defense against mold in your home. We always keep a couple bottles of this handy in our home for whenever we need to keep on top of mold.
We also need to remember to keep products out of reach that can be poisonous to our children if they either touch or consume them. Many children are curious by nature and will naturally want to explore their environment on their level. What is on their level? Everything floor level obviously. So you will want to be sure to take an assessment of your household products you keep in drawers, under the sink, in cabinets etc.
You will want to ensure cleaning products, chemicals used for cleaning and medications are locked securely away in cabinets, cupboards and closets by using locks such as Baby Safety Cabinet Locks for side and side knobs.
Do not put on a high shelf poisonous products if your children has an ability to climb up on furniture that are tall. They may be tempted to try climbing to reach the item you put “out of reach” and be at risk of having an accident.
3. Heavy object injuries
Children being unaware of danger naturally want to climb on things and explore. Therefore, it is important be aware of all objects in your home that could be potentially dangerous to your precious child. Once you have identified all potential dangers you can then take necessary steps to secure those objects so they are secure.
Heavy objects in your home could include:
- Chest drawer
Children as I explained before naturally want to explore and could pull on any of these objects to try to climb them. They could also just push or pull them so they fall over. If you click on below you will see a short video of what a can happen when kids play on furniture when it is not secured. Please be warned, it is hard to watch. If that bothers you than I advise you to skip the video.
You may want to consider buying Anti Tip Wall Straps to secure your television, cabinets and any other tip able furniture you find in your home in need of being secured.
4. Cuts and Scrapes
The kitchen needs to be ensured all dangers are removed. When you are working in the kitchen making a meal, take an extra minute to quickly rinse out tin cans you no longer need and place them in recycling where your child can not reach. That way your child will not have a chance to scrape or cut them self on it.
Same thing goes for knives. You may not think about it but setting down a knife in a place on the counter could expose your child for a brief moment to danger. It would be easier when working to set the knife down in the sink as this will make it harder for them to reach the knife. Doing this is also good to do if you are going to be out of the kitchen for any amount of time.
Fifth on this list is water. According to the World Health Organization in the United States:
“…drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1–14 years.”
Some dangers around the home include:
- can occur when child is unattended by adults in and around swimming pool
- takes just minutes to occur, so a quick bathroom break is all that it could take sadly.
- children can also drown very easily if left unattended in bathtub for short periods of time.
- They can slip, hit their head, pass out and drown.
- Also, if they are small they may have hard time keeping heads above water line.
You may want to consider purchasing a specially designed fence to go around your pool as protection for your child.
And a non-slip bath rug is a solution in your bathtub to keep your child from slipping.
6. Choking and Strangulation
When it comes to serving food to your child you need to take into consideration to provide foods that are easy to consume. If it is dry, chewy or stiff in texture your child could have a hard time eating it and possibly choke on it. Below are a few examples of foods that can cause choking:
- Slippery foods like:
- whole grapes
- large pieces of meat
- hot dogs
- cough drops
- Small, hard foods like:
- raw carrots
- Sticky foods like:
- peanut butter
It is better instead to serve foods that are moist, soft and liquid based. Also do not serve on an utensil more than your child can handle in one bit. Examples of foods you could serve to your child include:
- half slice bread, bun, muffin, bagel
- few crackers
- cooked rice, pasta, cereal
- small portions of fruit and veggies
- 4 oz fruit juice
- half cup yogurt
- 1 oz cheese
- meat, chicken, fish
- beans and peas
- butter and oil
Strangulation needs to be on your mind as a potential danger in your home.
Examine and make a list of where cords, cables are located around your home and that could potentially get wrapped around their neck. You can remove cords from reach of your child by using the Home Amore Breakaway Cord Condensor.
To organize and keep your cables safe from your children you may want to consider using Self-Adhesive Cable Clips. You can use them to run loose cables around corners of walls, behind furniture and anywhere that will help keep your child from playing, wrapping or trying to eat them.
These products are necessary to have around your home for your peace of mind and the safety of your children.
Falling is a real danger around your home that could lead to serious injury or even death if we do not take precautions.
Some of these falling dangers and solutions include:
- Danger: Areas like the bathroom which can be wet could cause your child to fall
- Solution: Mop up area when wet and use a good bath mat
- Danger: Unsecured rugs
- Solution: Tape down the edges of your rugs using rug gripper
- Danger: Windows and balconies
- Solution: You may consider using the following security devices for your Windows and Balconies
- Danger: Child wearing socks and running on smooth surfaces could fall
- Solution: You may consider buying anti-slip socks and anti-slip strips to put down on steps
- Clutter around home could cause fall if stepped on
- Loose paper
- Solution: Store toys and games in storage containers. Clothes and shoes can be kept in hanging storage organizers.
Fires are a danger in your home and to your family. They can occur at any time and the only security you can provide your family with is to take steps when they do occur to be able to get out safely. Keep your home free of flammable materials such as papers, books, clutter and boxes.
It is important to have the following items done in your home in the case a fire ever breaks out:
- Fire Alarms
- Purchase smoke detector if you do not have them already. Regularly check and replace old batteries.
- Escape Plan
- Be sure to have an escape plan and practice it regularly with your family to ensure it is second nature. Make a map of your home and plot out how everyone will leave. How to crawl on hands and knees with head down. Where the meeting place will be outside. You will want to know everyone can get out in a set amount of time and be safe.
- Poorly maintained chimneys, furnaces, fireplaces and electrical systems are at risk to be origin points for fire in your home. Ensure they are regularly serviced to be deemed safe by professionals. Always speak with the professionals who set up these items for accurate information on frequency of maintenance.
- Fire extinguisher
- Purchase a fire extinguisher and keep in accessible area. If space is an issue or you want something on
- hand for just in case of small fires you may consider purchasing hand held fire extinguisher.
9. Inhalation of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide is a gas that can not be seen, touched or smelled and if exposed long enough to it can be fatal. Without carbon monoxide detectors you and your family can quickly become dizzy, pass out, stop breathing and die whether in your
sleep or awake.
If you have not already purchased a Carbon monoxide detector you may want to consider this CO detector. It is a small investment for peace of mind and the health of your family. Place at least one on each level of your home.
10. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
SIDS is the name given for when babies under one year of age die for unknown reasons. There are steps you can take to make it less likely for it to occur in your home.
These steps include:
- Placing your baby on their back always. Day or night naps always place their back on the mattress.
- Place your baby on a firm and flat surface. Do not put them down on a soft surface as it is possible they could suffocate on their stomach or side next to the edge of a crib for example.
- Buy safety-approved play and mattresses with fitted sheet.
- Co-sleep with baby in your room. Health professionals recommend until at least 6 months old up to 1 year. Always consult with your pediatrician before making these decisions.
- Do not include on the space where your baby will sleep any soft bedding (blankets, pillows, bumper pads or soft toys).
- Regularly monitor your baby for signs of either becoming or already too hot. Such signs include sweating and a hot chest.
- Do not smoke, drink, do illegal drugs while pregnant nor once your baby is born.
- Breastfeed your baby as much as possible which the professionals say helps reduce the chances of SIDS occurring in your baby.
- Take your baby for all checkups with your pediatrician.
- Trying using a pacifier when your baby goes to sleep.
I would appreciate your comments. Do you agree with the dangers listed here? What other dangers do you believe I should have included in the list? Have any of these dangers affected you or your love ones? If you have any questions I will get back as soon as possible. Thanks and have a great day!