It is necessary to keep the things that can potentially harm children out of their reach is extremely important. Read on to learn about the things that you must keep your child’s reach right away.
There are a number of things that you should preferably keep away from your kids if you are concerned about their safety. There are many apparently safe but potentially dangerous items that could hurt, choke or prove to be a threat to your kid.
Houseplants to Keep Away
Another great source of danger to your child is houseplants. If you are not too keen on gardening then it is best to avoid keeping plants in easy reach of kids while they are very young. Very young children may try to chew leaves of plants mistaking it to be edible. In case you are proud of your house plant collection then put the plants on an overhanging balcony or convert them to a hanging garden that is out of reach. Before buying new plants always confirm on their non poisonous status.
Medication to Keep Away
Maximum number of child fatality cases arises from kids accidentally swallowing some or the other form of medication. Kids are unable to differentiate between medicine and candy and they are willing to experiment with anything that looks edible to them.
All kinds of medicines including prescription and non prescription items should be kept out of sight and out of reach of kids. In fact it is preferable to keep all kinds of medication in a locked cabinet and the keys should only be accessible to adults.
Pills and medication should only be kept in their original container and not in any other innocuous looking object. Make it a point to never tell your “this medicine tastes like candy. This will only lure your kid to experiment with medication.
Toys to Keep Away
Toys that have sharp serrated edges and edgy corners should be kept away from the reach of kids. Toys which have small parts are also not safe for the use of kids. Children have a tendency of prodding and trying to twist toys. When the parts come off, they might accidentally put them in their mouth and try to swallow.
If the safety information on a particular toy says “not recommended for kids below 5” then make sure you follow the instruction. Keep away marbles, small balls and toys that are tinier than 2 inches from your kid. These can be swallowed by young children and can result in choking.
Household Objects to Keep Away
Some other common items to keep out of reach of kids are purses, key chains and wallets. Any bag containing potentially dangerous item like medication, nail filer, coins etc should be kept away from children. Remember to childproof your home by removing all potentially unsafe objects before your baby arrives at home. Also train guests on what they cannot leave around the house explaining the issue of child safety.
Extra Tips for Safety
Here are some things which you should strictly adhere to if you want to keep your home child safe. Plastic bags and damaged or deflated balloons should be kept out of reach of kids.
Alcohol, tobacco containing objects like cigars and cigarettes should be kept in a locked place away from the reach of your children. Fireworks should preferably not be kept in a home which has young kids. Matchboxes and lighters should be firmly kept out of reach of your children.
If you follow these tips rigorously then you will be able to make your home a safer and more protected place for your children.
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