Even if you’re absolutely sure your home is safe for your child, there’s an enormous chance you’ve missed something. Parents are often confident that they are thorough and that their children are smart enough to recognize potential issues.
But they may be giving them way too much credit.
In most cases, children can identify only half of the potentially hazardous items in your home. In addition to obvious risks such as touching a hot stove or playing with an unsafe garage door in dire need of repair, there are other, more elusive risks to your children such as inconspicuous bottles holding dangerous chemicals that may draw your children due to their colorful labels.
Household injuries are among the most common reasons parents take their children to the ER. It might sound overly paranoid, but you should be prepared for anything.
In this article, we’ll walk you from room to room and point to potential risks to your kids and what you can do to keep them safe.
In many homes, the garage is the most dangerous room as it holds the most items that may harm your children. Our garages are usually cluttered, rarely maintained and frequently incredibly amusing to children.
Outdated or Malfunctioning Garage Door
By far the biggest threat to your kids are your garage door. They are the heaviest moving object in your home and children find them very amusing due to their opening mechanism. But the garage door is not a toy, and you should make sure your child knows that.
Make sure your garage door is inspected regularly. Replace old opening mechanisms with new ones that provide a higher level of security and protective features such as the reverse mechanism, child lock, and others.
Playing with the Car
Kids love to play adult, and driving a car has always fascinated them. But their game can be dangerous if they play around with the brakes. They can easily hurt themselves and others playing with the car. That’s why you should make sure you always keep your car locked and keep the keys out of your kids’ reach.
Be Careful what you Store and How You Store It
Apart from housing our cars, garages are often used as a storage for all kinds of dangerous items, from power tools to cleaning chemicals. Moreover, to save space homeowners usually store their belongings on shelves that can easily fall if your kids decide to play Spider-man. That’s why you should opt in for low shelves and keep everything locked away safely.
The living room is where your kids will be spending the most time, therefore it’s important to childproof it well. Although there aren’t as many risks as in the garage, there are still some things you should pay attention to.
Keep candles and matches out of their reach
Your kids can easily start a fire if they play with matches or lighters, even at a younger age. Toddlers, in particular, may decide candles are a good thing to eat and choke on the wax. That’s why you need to keep those items away.
Mount the TV
If your children feel particularly adventurous and climb on the TV stand, not only can be knock off the TV but hurt themselves as well. That’s why you should mount the TV on the wall in addition to holding out on the stand.
Protect the glass coffee table
These tables are particularly dangerous to children learning to walk, as they can get easily scratched or hurt their head. Buy only tempered glass tables as they are more difficult to break.
You might think not a lot of bad things could happen in a room where children sleep. But there are a couple of things you should pay attention to, even in the bedroom.
Place a window guard
Avoid opening the window more than 3 inches or place a window guard if you open it more. If the window is lower to the flow so that your kid can reach it, installing a window guard is mandatory.
Secure the dresser
You’d be surprised how many trips to the ER are caused by falling furniture. There’s only one way to be sure your kids don’t get hurt playing with the dresser, and that is securing it to the floor.