The breadth of safety risks is vast and differs by age, but there are some that extend across all ages. Nationwide and Safe Kids have developed a checklist related to four critical safety areas: TV and furniture tipovers, poisoning, drowning and fire. The checklist shares five easy steps that can help parents easily take actions to prevent accidental injuries for their children:
- Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
- Be attentive when your children are near water, including baths, hot tubs and pools. Teach them never to go near or into water alone – an adult should always be present.
- Install a smoke alarm AND a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, including your basement, and place them near sleeping areas. Test both types of alarms monthly and replace batteries annually.
- Prepare a fire escape plan, and make sure your family knows what to do and where to meet in case of an emergency. Practice the plan twice a year – the goal should be to get out in under two minutes.
- Store household products like bleach, detergents, laundry packets, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions in their original containers, locked up and out of children’s sight and reach.
All these things are so little, but can make such a big difference in keeping your home safe for the little ones. I am constantly seeing things about securing the furniture to the wall accidents and laundry packet issues with the kids. Such a easy fix for both of those things and definitely not worth the little ones getting sick or hurt over!
For me with these things, it’s easier in our own home – because I know we have baby + toddler proofed pretty much everything. But when we go somewhere else, it’s a whole new ballgame and you can’t take your eyes off the babes for a second or for sure they will get into something they shouldn’t!
I always say – if you are having a little and want Brooks to come over and tear through your house to tell you what you should fix, he’s available for hire! Ha!
As you think about ways that you can protect your children from accidental injuries, start by visiting the Make Safe Happen website and downloading the app. Both are resources that share age appropriate and room-specific tips to help prevent injuries.
You can see these safety tips in action in a new short video that Nationwide will be releasing on Safe Kids Day. As parents, let’s join in making a promise to our children to do everything in our power to make our homes safer, every day.