The first step to insuring your child’s safety at home, is for you and the people that care for your children, to complete a SETA approved first aid course. This is a tested course, and insures that the knowledge learnt was absorbed and is an app liable skill when needed. It could save your child’s life one day. Use safety plugs to cover any open electric outlets. Use safety latches for cabinets, dvd players, rotating cabinets etc. When opening windows, open those that the children cannot reach. Keep furniture away from windows which often leads to certain little people climbing the bars, falling and hurting themselves. Install window guards to prevent falls through windows. Make sure that there is adequate lighting in all areas of the home. Use non slip rugs to prevent children from falling and that carpets are secure, especially if the carpets or rugs are placed over tiles or slippery surfaces.
Never run electric wiring under a carpet, rug, radiator or heater, it can lead to fraying and an electrical hazard. Unplug all extension cords when they are not being used. Never use appliances and cords that are damaged. Eliminate sources of mold and dust. Keep your pets bedding clean and try to ensure that they do not climb on the furniture. Ensure that, should you keep firearms or ammunition in the home, you keep them separately and in an approved gun safe. Keep a listing of emergency contact numbers in your area on the fridge is a great idea which includes the contact numbers for the police, emergency room, local poison centre and fire station.
Don’t leave infants/toddlers alone on beds, changing tables or sofas. Always watch children around balconies and stairs, preferably install a safety gate at the tops and bottoms of stairs.
Never use a baby walker. Firstly, baby walkers inhibit your child’s ability to learn to crawl and walk, secondly they are seriously dangerous. Thousands of children receive hospital treatment annually due to baby walker related injuries. The main injuries, and the worst ones are those were the child falls down the stairs whilst in the walker. Baby walkers also allow infants to reach things they should not be able to reach. Things on tables they don’t know not to put in their mouths and even the most vigilant of carer, may miss noticing coins or other small objects choking a child. Coins, marles, watch batteries, pen or marker caps, cars with small rubber wheels that come off and those small foam balls are the biggest culprits, even to older children. The biggest shock is that most walker related injuries happen whilst the child is being monitored. Rather invest in a good stationary play table where you know what they can reach and know where they are. Be vigilant and be on the constant look out for dangerous items which could endanger your children.
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