Toddlers are a blessing; they act a source of happiness and joy. But they are prone to accidents. At the age where they are learning to walk and explore anything could happen to them. They are not aware of the risks or dangers or what could harm them. It is, therefore, your responsibility as a parent, guardian or caregiver to look after the children. Try as much as you can to make your home baby friendly. This article will discuss some of the common areas of accident at home and how to make them safe for the baby. Read on.
This should be the first place to inspect. There is no excuse for being careless with the stairs. Not only children but adults get accidents on the stairs as well. It is unfortunate to say those staircase accidents are serious. Below are ways to keep the stairs safe:
- Place anti-slip mats on each floor
- Teach your children stair safety
- Adding a soft rubber at the end of the stairs to reduce injury in case of falls
- Add a non-slip grip on the stair handles.
We cannot do without electricity, but it must never come into contact with human skin. Adults are aware of the risks of poking their hands in the sockets or other power outlets, but your little ones are not aware. Electrocution is a leading cause of child death and accidents. You must make sure that your electric outlets are safe. Below are some of the ways to keep your power outlets safe:
- Installing power outlet covers
- Transferring your outlets to higher areas where they cannot reach
- Covering power outlets with furniture.
This is another dangerous place for both adults and kids. Soapy wet floors reduce friction hence increase the possibilities of falling. I could say, avoid wetting the bathroom, but it might not be possible. Below are some ways to keep the bathroom area safe:
- Place anti-slip or rubber mats on the floor
- Change tiles to anti-slip ones
- Add soft cushions on the sink and toilet corners to reduce injurers in case one falls.
- The soap must be securely stored in a tray such that it cannot fall and cause accidents.
This where you cook and prepare your meals. Children should not be allowed in the kitchen. At times they will sneak in and play with whatever they meet on the way. Be it knives, folks, they do not care. Apply the following to keep your kitchen safe:
- Knives and any other sharp objects should be placed in high places, out of their reach.
- The oven must have child safety measures, such that it cannot open.