With an enormous selection of baby gates, cabinet locks and electrical outlet plugs available on the market, you may think you have covered all the basics. However, recent research into home-related accidents and child safety reveal some surprising dangers you may have never thought about.
Use pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups only when your baby is sitting down
According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, more than 45,000 children under the age of three suffered injuries from sippy cups, pacifiers and bottles over a 20 year span. Most incidents occur around the age of 12 months, when babies are prone to walking or running with these objects in their mouths. When they are on the move, don’t let them carry these items with them to reduce the risk of injury.
Buy anti-tip brackets for your stove
Kitchen stove ranges are another common cause of injuries, as babies and toddlers can reach up and accidentally tip the stove over on top of themselves. Free standing ovens and slide-in ranges should be equipped with special brackets that secure the rear legs to the floor.
Fence your yard
A yard is a wonderful place for small children to explore, but extra care should be taken to keep them safe. Fencing your space is a good idea to prevent kids from wandering off or getting too close to the street. Elrod Fence Contractors recommend chain link fences for this purpose. You can find optional colored slats for improved aesthetics. Whatever you decide to get, make sure that it is sturdy and will stay in place for years to come.
Install a garage door opener with a sensor
Automatic garage doors can accidentally close on a small child. Make sure that you install the switch well above your child’s reach and buy automatic openers with a photo-electric eye that raises the door back up if anything is under it.
Always keep batteries out of reach
In a separate study, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that between 1991 and 2010, approximately 66,000 children were seen in the emergency room for battery related injuries. Most of the cases in children under five were the result of swallowing lithium cell and flat, disc–like batteries. Keep batteries, as well as other small objects, out of reach to avoid serious harm or choking.
Never leave a baby alone in a bath ring or seat
Between 1983 and 2003, over 100 babies died as a result of being unattended in these devices. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the suction cups on a bath seat can become un-stuck, allowing the device to tip over and trapping a baby underwater. Always keep an eye on small children when bathing and never walk away, even to answer the phone or grab something you forgot.
Child safety in the home is a never-ending task, and small kids are experts at finding things to get into. The most important tip is to ensure your child is always supervised. With a few simple precautions, you can avoid most injuries and rest easier knowing your child is protected.