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7 Ways To Keep Your Home Safe For Your Kids

There's a lot that can happen around the home in an instant. I was recently reminded of this when we had new granite countertops installed in our kitchen when I realized just how much harder these were than our old plastic laminate. They seem like an accident waiting to happen for a fast moving childs head. It's not something we considered when we were pricing them out with countertopinvestigator.com.

Here are seven more common hazards around the home and how to protect little ones from them. In the mean time we will try to figure out how to keep heads from coming in contact with the overhang on our counters.

Protection against Scalding

Hot water is as capable of burning your skin as fire. Therefore, always set your hot-water heater to a maximum temperature of 120°F. This is especially necessary if you have kids at home. Also, it’s recommended to check the temperature of the bathtub before putting your child into it. This will help you save on your energy bills too according to energy.gov

Prevention of Falls

One of the most common and dangerous domestic accidents is of falls. Always secure your stairs with handrails on both sides and make sure that each step of the stair is clearly visible to everyone. If you have toddlers in the house, they’re most likely to fall as they start walking. This is why all sharp-edges of your furniture and fireplace must be secured so that your baby doesn’t get hurt even if they fall onto them.

Also, never put any climbable object near the windows and lock all your windows if they’re easily accessible to children.

Electrical Safety

A number of fatalities and household accidents involve electrical failures. Here’s what you can do to avoid them.

  1. Use reliable cable covers to protect all the wiring.
  2. The wiring installation must be checked after every 5 years.
  3. Don’t use any appliance with damaged or worn flexes.
  4. Electric blankets must be checked and serviced on a regular basis.
  5. Electric sockets must never be overloaded.

Learn more about power safety from firstenergycorp.com.

Fire Safety

If a fire suddenly starts and spreads in the house, it can be excessively dangerous or even lethal. Follow these tips to prevent a fire in your house.

All your heaters and fireplaces must be well guarded. For portable heaters that contain build-in guard, make them more secure by adding an extra surrounding guard. If you have kids in the house, fit nursery guards along with side chips into fixed wall brackets.

  1. Never dry your clothes near the cooker or fire.
  2. Keep the candles, heaters, or other fire-producing items away from the curtains and furniture.
  3. Fires can easily start in the kitchen. Hence, make sure that pans or other utensils are never left unattended while they’re on the stove.

Safety against Poisonous Products

All medications, cleaners, and cosmetic items that include perfumes, nail-polish removers, mouthwashes, bath oil, aftershave, and hair-removal creams must not be accessible to kids. This is because all these items contain poisonous chemicals and should never be ingested.

According to poinson.org the most dengerous time of the year is around the Holidays

Avoid Irritants and Allergens

Indoor pollutants can cause great harm to everyone’s health. In order to prevent the accumulation of environmental pollutants in your home, make sure that nobody smokes inside the house. Also, use exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen to prevent suffocation and increased humidity, open windows and doors during painting, cleaning, and laying of new carpet, and use dehumidifiers in the basement of your home to avoid mold growth.

Protection against Food-Borne Diseases

In order to avoid food-borne diseases, use clean cutting boards and other cooking utensils to avoid cross-contamination. Also, wash your hands thoroughly with an antiseptic soap before cooking the food.