Staying safe in your home is not always something you tend to think about. We just expect that we’ll be unharmed and that our kids won’t have any accidents. However, careful parents know that safeguarding their children from harm is an important issue as the little ones don’t know to pay attention to things to avoid injury and often get themselves into trouble.
Here are three ways that either you or your kids can avoid problems when at home.
Protection from a Fall
There are plenty of products that provide fall protection to stop someone falling off the roof, and there are also products that help protect kids from falling down the stairs or another area that could cause them harm when they land. Whether using restraint lanyards across an open staircase or a guard rail system to prevent complete access to children too small to lift it out of the way to access the stairs, there are efficient ways to avoid accidents in the home from happening.
The best systems to use often depend on whether your home is a single-level bungalow or a multi-story home with the bedrooms on the top floor. The age of the children in the home is also relevant to what products will or won’t work well to keep them safe.
Walk, Don’t Run
Kids tend to run everywhere and slam into furniture, display cases, tables and anything else in their way. They learn the hard way that sharp corners are the enemy. As a busy mommy entrepreneur, you cannot watch them 24/7, so you must put some rules in place and incentivize your children to help them avoid injury.
One way to do this is to have a rule to not run on the ground floor of the home where the furniture and expensive items are likely to be. The last thing you need is your child running into the kitchen when you have hot pans around and you’re dishing up food. It’s a good idea to have a prize for the best-behaved kid each week, so they know what’s in it for them if they walk and don’t run in the home.
Avoid Suffocation Risks
When you have little ones in the home, special attention must be paid to the risk of suffocation. Kids get curious and stick their head inside bags without realizing it’s not so easy to get it out again. The best way to deal with plastic bags is to tie knots in them to remove the ability to put their head inside them. Any packaging from a new product should be disposed of outside the home immediately to avoid them finding this later and playing with it.
Bubble wrap is a fascination for kids too because it looks strange when they try to peer through it and it pops! But it’s also a risk for kids and so should be removed as well just to be safe. It’s not that they could use it as a bag, but that they could chew on it and not be able to breathe. After all, kids love to try to put everything they can into their mouths without any understanding of the consequences.
Staying safe and keeping your kids safe is not that difficult. It just takes some careful consideration as to their needs and what trouble they could get into and establishing systems that protect them from themselves.