According to “Children First Canada’s report “Raising Canada: Election 2019” most Canadian children get injured and die due to preventable accidents. This report sent the sirens for many government agencies and parents who could not imagine losing their children or seeing them get hurt simply because of accidents which should not happen if they take extra measures.
Having kids in a house means a lot of responsibilities. Not only should parents provide for the food, shelter, education, clothing, and emotional needs of their children, they must also make sure that they are safe at all times. Sadly, the house is not as safe as we also hoped. Many of the accidents that injure children happen inside their homes. However, even if these dangers are present, there are things that you can do to childproof your home and lessen the chances of these accidents ever happening. Here are some of the easy ways to childproof your home:
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among young children and this is not even in an open sea or pool but at home. Children can drown even in very shallow water – even an inch of water in the bathtub or in a pail. If you are going to bathe your children, see to it that they are not unattended.
If your children could drown in one-inch deep water, what more in a swimming pool? Children can wander outside and end up falling in the pool. The younger toddlers are most vulnerable but even older children are at risk, too, if they don’t know how to swim. An accident like this can happen whatever time of day or year so you need to be proactive. A very simple way to ensure the safety of children in houses with pools is to make sure it is properly covered if not in use.
Newborns and infants should not sleep with pillows to lessen the chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Cribs, bassinets, and other sleeping spaces should be flat and firm, free of any suffocation hazard. Infants should sleep on their backs while bigger babies who can roll over on their own can sleep on their stomachs.
A handful of homes in Canada have at least one firearm tucked away. As a gun owner, you are already overwhelmed by the thought of registering it but the more important consideration is keeping it as far away from the kids’ sight as possible.
The first rule of storing a gun is to make sure it is unloaded, locked, and kept in a safe place. There are also trigger locks, gun cabinets, and safes where they can be stored safely.
There are common household stuff that can be toxic to people especially for children. Your stash of alcohol, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, medicines, and chemicals for other uses can be very harmful to children. Make sure that these are properly locked in a safe part of the house and away from the reach of children.
Starting from the terrible twos, expect the curiosity of children and their capability to grasp to cause many things around the house to fall. The least of your concern should be replacing them and focus on making sure the kids will be safe against falling things around.
Your home should be a haven for your children but there are also some things around that could pose threats to their life and safety. Avoiding untoward incidents is a conscious effort but it is possible.