Protecting your children often requires adjusting your home in various ways to ensure they are comfortable and protected. Since they spend so much of their time in your house, it is important to ensure that they are as safe as possible. The following parenting tips are things that just about any parent can use to give their children the overall protection that they deserve.
Keep the Crib/Bed Safe
Depending on your child’s age, it is essential to ensure that either their bed or crib is safe enough for them at night. Try to limit bedding that could affect them, such as pillows or toys that could hit a baby’s head in a crib and cause injury. Just as importantly, try to minimize fall risks by keeping the child’s bed as low to the ground as possible once they get out of the crib.
Install Fire Sprinklers
Fire safety is a vital part of your child’s protection and can include things like installing smoke detectors and adding sprinklers to a home. Our sources state that fire sprinklers reduce the risk of fire deaths by more than 60%. While it might seem expensive to some parents, adding fire sprinklers should be a vital parenting step that keeps you and your children safe from fire.
Children love climbing and playing on furniture, no matter their age, but may get injured if you don’t keep this furniture anchored. For example, anchoring systems from a local furniture store can ensure that a bookshelf or entertainment center doesn’t tip over on a child. You can also anchor larger items, like couches and others, to ensure children don’t push them to reach higher places.
Keep the House Cool
Our sources state that only 42% of all homeowners call routine maintenance on their conditioner and that this maintenance can help these systems last 40% longer. Call a trusted HVAC company and ensure your system is operating smoothly. This step is smart because it can keep your house cool during those hot summer months when heat can harm a child’s health through dehydration, heat stroke, and other common heat-related illnesses.
Cover Your Outlets
Power outlets are a consistent danger for young children, even when they’re not at the age where they’re prone to sticking things in the outlet. Some children may just roughly plug-in appliances or other items and get a shock that can be damaging or even dangerous. Keep your outlets covered with plastic plug locks or other devices to ensure that your children stay away from electricity.
Get Rid of Choking Hazards
Choking hazards are a real danger in some homes because they are often things you wouldn’t expect. Our sources state that anything small enough to fit inside a toilet paper tube is a choking hazard! Go through your home and pick up anything that fits this description. Try to store such small items in locked cupboards or throw them away if they aren’t essential for your home.
Protect The Water
Did you know drilled wells can go over 1,000 feet deep with the pump placed at this level to tap into very buried water? This fact is important because deep water may have metals or minerals that need to be filtered to protect your children. Install a filtration device on your water supply to get rid of these metals and to keep your water source as safe as possible for your children.
Following these important steps can help ensure that your children are safe at your home and protected from surprising dangers. While we don’t want to scare you by saying that the house is threatening, it is important to be realistic in your parenting. By accepting these realities and making some adjustments, you can protect your children and give them the safe home that they want and deserve.