Home Safety Tips - Child Safety in the House

Your child's life may depend on the home safety tips that you teach them about the dangerous items which are within the home. More than 5000 children a year die from accidents such as home drowning, poisonings, gunfire, and other preventable accidents.

Safeguarding our children is our number one task as parents. Keeping them away from medications, from harmful substances, fires, and other methods of injury is our job, but educating them about the reasons why these items are harmful is part of that job too.

Children can be incredibly inquisitive. These days it's not enough to lock things away, but explaining why we've done so is also part of the teaching part of parenting. Explaining that the firearm is a weapon that can be used in our defense, but may also be a dangerous part of a home is a good way to get them to leave the items alone.

Among the items that you may have in your home that can be damaging to a child are weapons, your favorite cleaning item, medications, swimming pools, hunting guns, smoking materials or grill lighters, and even your cosmetics or other bathing items may in fact be dangerous to a child when used the wrong way.

Child Safety Tips

Child safety in the home is something we're all concerned with, but some areas we tend to forget about.

Your car, left unlocked becomes a very interesting item that a child might investigate. Reports in just recent months tell of a five year old who drove his mother’s car into a neighboring home after a wild ride of half a block.

These types of accidents are completely preventable by hanging the keys and locking the car when we come indoors. Items which are up and out of the reach of small fingers are less tempting because they aren't in direct view.

If you keep firearms in your home, use trigger locks at the very least to assure that they are secure. If you have access to it, use firearm safes where you are certain that your gun is up and out of the line of sight of your child and can't be accessed.

Medications should be locked securely in a medicine cabinet or in a drawer that your children do not have access to. Medicine cabinets can be purchased with locking doors, but a drawer which has been fitted with child safety locks will work nearly as well if you're not in a home with a locking medication cabinet.

Just as you want to lock up medications, you will also want to lock up cleaning items that can be harmful or fatal if they are swallowed. Many cleaners these days have a brilliant blue or red

color and a scent such as lemon, fruit punch or other items that make them smell a great deal like the fruity drinks that children love and crave. While it seems foolish to make something that is deliberately tempting to a child, the reality is that it is our job to secure those things so that our kids can't get their hand on them.

While you're at it with the child locks, don't neglect other areas where your child might be tempted to investigate. The garage, bathroom cabinets, silverware drawers and other areas may be tempting. Be sure that the items within them are well secured and unavailable to your kids. Child safety in the home means locking up those things which could be harmful.

Swimming pools are wonderful things to have but swimming pools actually cause more fatal accidents in the United States than guns. Typically there are 195-200 gun accidents with children in a year, while drowning are more than double that number, at about 450. Any child's death is one more than we can accept.

If you have a home swimming pool, follow some good sense home safety tips and get a pool alarm. Keep the gate locked unless you are in direct attendance. Never leave a young child in a swimming or bathing area alone. Keep your kids healthy by using a few common sense home safety tips for children.

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