Did you know that in the United States, the leading cause of death in children is by unintentional injury? Of these accidental deaths, most happen at home in the form of fires, suffocation, poisoning, falls, and submersion in water. Because household deaths are so common among children, it is important to make sure your home is a safe and secure place for your kids to live.
Here are four safety tips that can prevent accidental injuries from happening to your children in the home;
Because electrical outlets are often low-lying to the ground and in reach of children, it’s a good idea to protect them with outlet covers to prevent electrocution. There are many types of outlet covers available, but the best kind to use when childproofing your home are those with safety latches, so that they cannot be removed from the wall and become a choking hazard for your child.
Store chemicals and medications away
Because children have the tendency to put anything within reach into their mouths, storing any household chemicals or medications away will keep your child from accidentally ingesting these harmful substances. Put all chemicals and medications away in high cabinets or drawers, and make sure to install safety locks so that even if your child can reach the cabinets or drawers, they won’t be able to open them.
Pool fences, covers, and gates
Did you know that about one in five people who die from drowning are children age 14 and younger? Because drowning is a great threat to children at home, taking as many precautions as possible when childproofing your pool will allow your child to be safe from accidental water submersion. Make sure that your pool or any open body of water near and around your home is bordered by a high fence, with a childproof lock that can only be opened by you or other adults from the inside. Additionally, place and strap down (if possible) a cover on the pool when it’s not in use, just as an extra safety precaution.
It’s also important to make sure the adults who will be supervising pool use know CPR. Enforce pool rules (no running, no diving) and make sure your kids know how to swim. Summer is the perfect time to enroll your child in swimming lessons so that they can learn about water safety and develop their swimming skills. Most local YMCAs offer swimming lessons throughout the summer for children of all ages.
Teach your children how to use your home security system
One of the most helpful safety tips in childproofing your home is to teach your children how to work your home security system. If your child knows how to use your security system, they can help prevent false alarms and recognize when to activate it in case of emergency. Make sure to go over how to use the keypad to punch in your alarm code to arm or disarm the system, and when it is appropriate to do so. This way, you can avoid accidental alarm triggers and unnecessary emergency response to your home, and also enable your children to protect themselves if necessary.
Because household accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children in the United States, it is important that you keep in mind these safety tips so that your child can remain safe and secure within your home. If you want to further childproof your home, it’s always a good idea to reach out to a home security professional who can give you advice on what steps to take. To speak to a professional in home security and get more safety tips on how to childproof your home, contact us at J&J Security Systems for the best advice.