Tips to Prevent Accidents at Home

Children spend most of their time at home and indulge in various activities both indoor and outdoor. Home is the place where accidents are most likely to occur, one should be aware of the dangers in home so that the accidents can be prevented. Here are a handful of tips to prevent accidents at home:

Keep small objects out of the reach of small children.
Encourage older children to keep their electronic toys away from small children.
Don’t let small children sleep on an adult bed or on the sofa.
Make sure that chairs and other climbing objects are kept away from windows and balconies.
Restrict the children to climb on window shelves or any high surface, as they might hurt themselves. Make sure that the windows are at a height of 3-3.5 ft.
Do not use door closers, as it will push the door against the child.
Safety latches must be high so that they are out of children’s reach.
Take proper precautions to prevent children’s fingers from being trapped in the doors.
Do not use door stoppers.
Electrical sockets must be at a decent height so that they are out of the reach of the children. Also, unused sockets must be covered.
All the electrical sockets should be childproof. Children should not be allowed to touch electrical wires.
Keep poisonous objects such as household cleaners, garden products etc. in a locked cupboard.
Close cabinets, drawers and doors after use.
Use containers with child-resistant tops.
Keep medicines and cough syrups out of children’s reach.
Don’t let toddlers hold anything made of glass or anything sharp like scissors, knife etc.
Strictly use plastic bowls and glasses to serve food to kids.
Turn off and unplug all the appliances before leaving home.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
Supervise young children in bathtubs or when they are near water.
Keep a list of emergency numbers in a highly visible location. Include phone numbers of family and friends, doctors etc.
Install nightlights in the bedrooms to prevent falls during the night.

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