Child Proofing a Home

The Potential Dangers In The Home and How to Prevent Them

Every parent wants to give his child a safe home, a place to live and grow that is free from foreseeable danger and harm. Your efforts in child-proofing your home have a double benefit: they protect your youngster from physical harm and also establish a consciousness about general safety she can use wherever she goes.

The risk of injuries increases dramatically once your child is able crawl and walk. With physical mobility comes an enhanced sense of curiosity and an intense desire to explore the world. Before he even begins to crawl, go through your home at her own level-literally, on your hands and knees, or even better, on your stomach-searching and looking out for hazards that might attract his attention. Make your home as safe as possible for your young child, so you can also avoid having to say "No" all the time.

Also remember that dangers and hazards change constantly according to your child's age and development. Childproofing your home is continuing process with different requirements for each stage of development. Parents must not only recognize present dangers but anticipate those to come.

Remember too that moods, general temperament and circumstances of your family have an important influence on your child's safety. Accidents and injuries are most likely to occur:

Possible Danger : Falls

They are common in the home at every age and a major cause of injury. Make sure your floors are not slippery.

Possible Danger : Suffocation

Infants are susceptible to suffocation. Parents must stay constantly alert to this danger and learn to take the following precautions.

Possible Danger : Poisoning

Most poisonings take place in the home and involve children under five eating and drinking toxic substances left carelessly left within reach. The following substance should be stored where a child can't get them. They should be locked away high up and out of reach.

Soaps and detergents, cleansers, dyes, bleaches, insecticides, solvents, paint thinners, gasoline, charcoal starter, matches, fertilizers, pesticides, paint, varnish, waxes and polishes, aspirin, laxatives, rubbing alcohol, boric acid, prescription and OTC drugs, herbal and home remedies, mothballs, disinfectants, glue and other chemicals.

Possible Danger : Fires and Burns

Fire poses a serious threat to everyone in the family as well as children. Smoke inhalation is a particular hazard, causing more deaths than burns.

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