Safety starts in the home. From cuts to falls to burns to everything in between, the home can be a death trap. By taking a few preventative steps, you can make sure the youngest members of your family remain safe.
“Childproofing” is a great way to make your house safe. Placing covers over electrical outlets will prevent them from sticking objects in the holes that could lead to electrocution. Placing locks on cabinets and drawers in the kitchen will keep them from getting into chemicals that they could ingest or away from knives. Locking windows keeps them from falling out. Fire alarms alert everyone in the home if it is on fire. Gates in front of the stairs will keep little ones from taking an unexpected tumble.
Outside the home, keeping your child safe is a little more challenging. There’s no way we can control the environment and other people or situations, but taking a few preventative steps can keep an accident from turning into a tragedy. One of these is ensuring that they have the proper safety equipment. If they are riding their bikes, skateboards, or roller skates, make sure they have helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads. For skateboards and roller skates, wrist guards are also a good idea since most kids use their hands to stop themselves when falling down. They could help prevent broken wrists.
When riding in the car, make sure your kids are secured with the proper restraints, including the right car seat or booster seat. If you’re unsure about installation or want someone to double check your installation, contact your local fire department. They have the training and are willing to inspect the car seat to ensure that it is safe for use.
While falls and injuries are a major threat to your child’s health and well-being, there are other dangers that your child will face, including the possibility of abduction. The best defense against this tragedy is education. Talking to your child about the dangers and ways they can stay safe is imperative in preventing the unthinkable from happing.
When it comes to safety, adults are the first line of defense. Communication is key to alleviating children’s fears and helping them become better at protecting themselves. As adults, it is our job to ensure that children are armed with the knowledge and gear they need to stay safe.