- Sharp Edge
When considering the risky parts of your building, it’s a good idea to think about those most likely to cause injury first and foremost. Sharp edges, like glass corners and exposed nails, are very likely to hurt a child if they are near them for too long. So, to avoid any issues, these should be taken out of the home. To help you with this, you should make a plan of your home to give you an idea of where to start.
- Shatter Risks
Next, it’s time to think about the sharp edges which don’t exist yet but wouldn’t take long to come into being. Glass, plastics, and loads of other materials are very prone to shattering. Creating loads of small, sharp shards, this sort of behavior is very bad around kids. Convenient and affordable bathtubs and other shatterable items can often be found made from materials like plastic. An option like this will remove the risk of shattering entirely.
- Trip & Slip
Falling over can often be one of the easiest ways to cause an injury to yourself around the home. With so many obstacles in your way, tripping or slipping in these areas could be very dangerous, especially for a child. Slippery flooring, like tiles and laminate, should be avoided where possible. Along with this, though, you should also try to clear up any trip hazards around the place.
- Shocking Surprises
Conveying danger to a young child is often a fruitless venture. Unfortunately, without the power of hindsight, kids often don’t understand how dangerous certain parts of the home are. Electricity can be a very dangerous thing when mistreated. So, to avoid this, proper cable management has to be used throughout your home, along with sealing any unused power outlets to avoid any dangerous play.
- Chemical Chaos
Most new parents have heard stories about children breaking into cleaning cabinets and getting at the chemicals within. Of course, the idea of your child having access to things like bleach is very scary. But, in reality, this sort of danger is very easy to avoid. Special locks can be bought to secure your cupboards from children. Alternatively, though, you could consider simply moving these items out of reach entirely.
- Heated Situations
Heaters, cookers, and other thermally active parts of the home can also be very dangerous to a young child. Obviously, you should always try to avoid letting your child come into contact with too much heat, and this can be done fairly easily. Along with this, though, you should also try to educate your child about this risk as early as possible. Keeping the cooker supervised at all times will be hard. So, over time, they will have to learn to keep themselves safe from heat.
- Gas Attack
Over the last few years, concerns over gasses like carbon monoxide in homes has become more and more apparent. This odourless and invisible substance doesn’t cause pain or suffering when it damages people. Instead, it will do its deadly work without even waking you up, and this is what makes it so dangerous. To avoid the risks of a gas like this, you should always be using detectors in and around your home.
- The Great Escape
Finally, the outside world will always be a much more dangerous place for your child than the inside of your home. While they’re very young, you will want to avoid contact with areas like this as much as possible, especially while they’re on their own. To achieve this goal, baby gates can be used to seal off parts of the home. Of course, though, you’ll also have to work hard to keep doors shut.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the safety measures you use around your home. When you’re a new parent, this sort of area becomes all the scarier. You won’t know what to do, and there will be loads riding on your success, but you don’t have to do it alone.