Many childhood accidents at home are preventable. About half of all injuries requiring treatment are caused by a home accident, and among the 1 to 2 year olds, about 85 percent.
Trying to look at your house from a child’s perspective is the most important step in ensuring more safety – and yes, that includes squatting down to literally see things from their perspective. You will be able to see potential hazards and talk about those with your children and improve their awareness.
Some common but very helpful tips include:
– Assemble the furniture so that it can’t tip over
– Upholster edges of furniture
– Avoid tripping hazards
– Make sure drawers can’t slip out
– Put child safety items on sockets and power lines
– Children like to climb out of the window, so the bars should be barred – preferably with lockable handles
– Border a balcony, make sure that no climbing aids like large flowerpots are standing close to the edge
– Slumber lights are helpful for children to find their way around in the dark
– If you have a pond, it should definitely be fenced
– Never leave a child alone in the bathroom – infants can drown even in low water in the bathtub
– Use anti-slip mats to avoid slips in the bathroom
– After the use of electrical appliances in the bathroom, immediately put them out of your child’s reach
It is also important to teach children the correct behavior in dangerous situations. In case of fire this means: get out of the room quickly, alert adults, call the fire department, leave the apartment. Attach the emergency phone number like 112 in Germany somewhere big and visible close to the phone.
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