Our homes are full of potentially dangerous items and situations for our children. It is of absolute paramount importance that we do as much as is humanly possible to eliminate or minimise the risks in our houses. We obviously do not want to inhibit our children’s’ sense of fun and enjoyment and there needs to be plenty of stimulation for them through toys etc. But there are certain ways which we can allow our kids to grow up within a safe environment without wrapping them up in cotton wool, so to speak.
Whilst it is obvious that we should keep electrical items, sharp things and other types of objects which children could injure themselves with adequately stored away, there will always be the possibility of trips and falls. It is an inevitable occurrence that our children will tumble at some point through their exploration or simply by playing. So it goes without saying that what we must do as parents is minimise the potential issues that could arise from these trips and falls. Check that you have done these simple things within the home to keep our little ones as safe as possible.
Keep Toys Low to the Ground
Young babies and toddlers are often scarily good climbers. You should make sure that any of their toys or things which they will want to play with are kept at a low height so that they are within easy reach. The things which you do not want them to be getting a hold of should be properly stored and hidden to avoid the temptation of clambering up something to reach it. Obviously children can scale things which would surprise us but they are highly likely to fall whilst doing so. If our children were to bang their head doing so they could suffer severe injuries particularly given that their skulls are relatively weak.
Remove Trip Hazards
Routinely check around your house for potential trip hazards. Any electrical cords should be positioned in such a way as to not become an issue. Remember that children can move these around and then fall over them later so what you once thought was safe has become unsafe. Secure permanent cables to the skirting boards and whenever you use a temporary piece of equipment ensure that your children are not within access of the cable. Make sure that you check for spillages and remove them immediately. Children are notoriously messy and can then slip on the spilt food or liquid.
Secure Windows and Balconies
Falling out of windows or balconies is a very serious matter and something you should consider at all times. As stated before, children love to explore or climb around the home so the possibility of falling from a height is quite genuine. Consider locking your windows or doors to balconies at all times or you could install security screen doors for extra reassurance. With these you can allow cool air into your home but still keep the windows and doors inaccessible to your children. Remember that kids can fall in a matter of moments as you take your eye off them for mere seconds so be extra cautious with your windows and balconies.