Home is an exceptionally special place when you are growing up. It is a place where you learn how to walk, explore, play and have adventures. Home is also a place for toddlers to get injured and small incidents can leave a lifetime affect or scars, which can be disturbing for you and your child. Every year 2 year olds are hurt or killed in their homes. In fact, injuries are the leading cause of death in kids older than 12 months. Two year olds are among those most at risk because they are mobile and eager to explore their environment, but they cannot anticipate the consequences of their actions. You must always make sure the inside of your home is safe. You must also consider hazards found in outdoor areas, particularly the driveway, front and rear gardens, pool and barbeque areas.
One of the best ways to get rid of the risk of injury is to make some physical changes to the home. Observe your home and think about what the obvious risks and hazards are. Remove the risk or hazard, if possible, or add safety catches to minimise the chance of injury. For example, if you have a low table with sharp corners, you can attach corner covers. Before considering what safety products you need, remember you can always change the layout of a room to help create a safer environment. The time to start making some changes or additions is well before your baby begins to crawl.
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One of the best ways to prevent your child from getting hurt is to use toddler safety catches. Most of these safety devices are easy to find and are relatively inexpensive. You can buy them at online baby stores with just a click. These toddler safety catches are sturdy enough to hinder access and yet easy for you to use. Here are some child safety devices that can help reduce injuries to young children.
- Safety tap caps: are designed to prevent children from turning on a hot tap (which results in household hot water burns) and can be easily installed without the assistance of a plumber or handyman.
- Finger protection strips: are an innovative yet simple design to prevent children from trapping their fingers between the door and door hinge.
- Power point covers: prevent electrocution from open power sockets by covering the point and preventing objects being poked into them.
- Doorknob covers: make it difficult for children to open a door and prevent them from entering a room.
- Blind cord windups: can help prevent strangulation by ensuring long cords are not left dangling.
- Foam doorstoppers: help protect little fingers from being jammed in doors
- Corner and Edge Bumpers: to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces.
- Safety Gates: to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers.
Sure, accidents happen, especially when you have kids. But being prepared can prevent many or stop them becoming more serious.