Every year, thousands of children are hurt in the place where they should be the safest – their own home. Many times, this is due to situations that sadly could have been prevented. Of course, it is impossible to predict everything that could go wrong, but there are some ways that you can protect your children from the most common dangers.
- Cabinets and drawers where you keep dangerous items such as knives, chemicals and similar things, should be either locked or have child-proof latches to prevent access. If you get a latch, make sure that it isn’t easily unlatched by a persistent child.
- Electrical outlets should be covered, or even better, be replaced with tamper proof outlets that won’t allow for items to be inserted.
- Stairs should have doors or gates to keep children from falling down the steps. Windows should not be left open with a child in the room.
- If you have a pool, it shouldn’t be freely accessible for children, and you might want to install a pool alarm for added security.