As parents, we try to do whatever we can to keep our children safe outside the home. Yet, do you realize that there are potentially more hidden dangers inside of your home than outside? Being aware of the following hidden dangers inside your home can only help protect your children even more.
Chances are you have probably safeguarded your home well enough to have all of your medications locked up in a medicine cabinet, your razor blades locked away, and all other chemicals and dangerous items for children either stored up really high out of their reach or locked securely away from them. However, have you ever thought about the threat a simple house guest poses on your children?
The best thing to do is as soon as your house guest arrives, kindly ask them to secure their razors, medicine, and chemical products away from your children to keep them safe. By doing so, you are eliminating this potential threat of your children accidentally getting into their belongings and causing some potentially fatal aftermaths.
Toilets And Sinks
Most of you take every precaution to watch your kids around water especially in or around the bathtub and swimming pool area. Kudos to you as that means you are being a responsible parent. Unfortunately, water dangers for your children do not just stop at the swimming pool or the bathtub. Have you ever thought about the potential dangers a toilet or sink could cause?
Having child safety locks on the toilets or different types of nozzles for your sink could be the preventative measure you take that can actually save your child's life. Do yourself and your family a favor by not overlooking this one.
Plants are known to enhance the look of your home, but did you realize you could be causing dangerous hazards to your children by having them and not knowing anything about them? You could have a toxic plant in your home right now and not even know it. Did you research what type of plant it is before you brought it into your home?
It does not stop there either. If you think you are safe because you have fake plants around your home, those can be equally dangerous for your children as well. All you have to do is turn your back for five minutes, and your child could have ingested part of a rubber plant which can cause them to get sick.
Know what you are bringing inside your home before you physically bring a plant home to your children.
If you think because you have a double pane window or a lock that your child could not possibly reach to unlock, these are not just the only two hidden dangers of windows in your home. Children like to climb and all it takes is for them to see the ice cream truck outside and try to climb the window to get a better view. If you have a heightened window sill they could try to climb that, lose their balance, or fall off. According to WebMD, falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries and death in the US. How many of those falls do you think resulted from children?
Do you have curtains covering your windows? Another hazard children can try to climb, they could fall off and get hurt, not to mention the dangers if you have any cords to those curtains or blinds, as those are dangerous choking hazards.
Examine your windows and everything around them to truly keep your children safe.
Lead And Other Harmful Chemicals
If you have a newer home chances are you do not have to deal with the consequences of lead. Yet, a lot of homes use different chemicals when constructed that could potentially cause harmful learning disabilities for your children.
Have you ever found out if your home has any lead anywhere? What your walls are made out of? The toxic and potentially dangerous chemicals the pest control guy uses in your backyard? Have you recently checked for any gas leaks in your home?
It does not hurt to check every aspect of your home to see what chemicals were used when the house was built, or what chemicals get used by contractors on a regular basis.
Since every home has furniture to fill it, this is a hidden danger all in its own. Although furniture is aesthetically pleasing, in this case, parents must think like a child to better understand the hazards. According to Health.com, a child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the US from furniture or TV's tipping over. This is a scary thought. To prevent this from happening to your child, start looking around your home.
You might think that your TV looks great unbolted on top of your entertainment center, but if your child likes to reach and climb, can you see your child one day grabbing it to where it can fall on them? Perhaps in this case, it would be safer to bolt the TV to the wall high up where they cannot reach it and to where it cannot fall on them.
Take it one room at a time, but look around at all of your furniture and think like your child does. What pieces of furniture are potential hazards for your children? How can you make them safer?
Whether you live in a one story or two story home, look around for areas where you have stairs. Even if you just have two stairs that lead down from the kitchen into your garage, you must realize those are potential hazards for your children. Your child could slip and fall down the rest of the stairs and could end up with serious injuries as a result.
Do you have a rail that children can hold while going down the stairs? Is it an open staircase where they can fall through? Do you have slip guards on each step to let your children have better grip?
Again, carefully analyzing the potential dangers in your home could end up saving your child's life.
Outlets And Appliances
Outlets have been known to cause a lot of injuries and deaths for children over the decades. To have the safety outlet covers around your home is a given. Teaching your children about the safety and dangers of electronics, appliances, and outlets is an extremely important factor to keeping your children safe. Have you ever thought about your appliances?
You could go to the garage for just a few minutes, and since you always leave your blender plugged in--well, I think you see where this is going. You may have turned your coffee pot off, but it is still extremely hot. All it takes is one touch to that coffee pot and your child could end up with severe burns.
Outlet covers are key, and it may even be wise to unplug your appliances and put them away once you are done using them, so they do not cause potential threats for your children.
Watch this video to learn simple tips for child-proofing your home!
Safeguard Your Home To Safeguard Your Children
We have to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe. Recognizing that there are potential hidden dangers inside the home, like we recognize them outside of the home, is key to fully being able to protect our children.