9 Home Safety Tips Every Mother Should Know
Kids will always be kids, and because of their propensity to get in harm’s way, it’s left to us parents to shield them as best we can from possible harmful situations around the home.
Here are seven home safety tips you can adopt as a parent to achieve this.
As a mother, I know how kids can be; one minute they are under your watchful gaze the next, they are sneaking off and getting entangled in one dangerous habit or the other.
Even though every parent wants to keep their kids protected, out of harm’s way, it is not humanly possible to do so 100% of the time. However, you can significantly reduce how often they get placed in harm’s way by putting certain safety measures in place that way, you are a lot at peace when they aren’t within your reach.
In that light, here are:
9 Home Safety Tips Every Mother Should Know and Practice.
1) Never Go About With Boiling Water
Every mother should exercise more care when going about with boiling water, especially if you have to go about with a large quantity of it.
There have been cases of parents running into their kids who they didn’t see at their heels and unintentionally harming them.
If you need this water to unclog a drain or brew a cup of tea, you might want to cool it down sufficiently before taking it out of the kitchen.
You also should lookout to ensure your kids aren’t about before moving.
A method that works quite well for me is to announce I’m coming out with hot water and for everyone to stay where they are. This is usually enough to get the older kids out of the way, and since they will help get the younger ones too, it takes care of the issue for me.
2) Avoid Buying Household Cleaning Agents or Chemicals in Bright Colours
The other day, my daughter saw a roll of bleaching agent I’d bought from the store and went happily announcing to everyone I’d bought her a role of goodies.
Some cleaning products or chemicals come in very bright packages that might look attractive to kids.
You might want to avoid buying these and, instead, go for alternatives. However, if you must purchase them, keep them well out of reach of your kids.
Kids will gravitatee towards electric socket often, especially when they start to crawl.
3) Keep Electric Sockets and All Electric Outlets Covered
As a mother, you want to child-proofed the house from the first day they show this mobile ability; keep all electric sockets and outlets covered with sellotape. For devices in constant use, keep these barricaded in such a way, it will be impossible for them to get to them.
4) Keep Breakable Items Out of Reach
Breakable items can cause a lot of harm, and you should keep these out of reach of your kids. If your kids are a little young, you might want to continually remind them how they shouldn’t play with breakable items, as doing so could be dangerous.
5) Have an Emergency Safety Number They Can Call
Once your kids are a certain age, you should get them a phone and a number they can get you on always. This number and a few others should be placed on speed dial, so it’s easier for them to get to you.
Also, teach them the importance of dialing 911 and make them understand they are to use it when they sense ant danger around them.
6) Teach Them to Avoid or Be Wary of Strangers
Teach your kids that strangers are to be avoided and not talked to without your permission.
Let them know the dangers involved interacting with strangers. Tell them stories of kids that have met with unpleasant results for interacting with strangers when they shouldn’t have.
You might need to repeat this lesson several times and continuously too, before the instruction is adhered to.
7) Keep an Eye On Them Around Water
A while back, a top Nigerian celebrity, Dbanj, lost his first kid to a swimming pool accident. The kid, only a few months old at the time, had crawled to the swimming pool centered in one of the rooms in the mansion and drowned before help could get to him.
Do not let them wander too far from you or go into the water unsupervised, especially if they aren’t excellent swimmers.
Even in cases when they are, you want to exercise a little extra caution around them; guard against all distractions to avoid stories that touch. If you can, you should get a swimming ring and ensure you get one in your child’s size, so she doesn’t slip through it.
8) Cut Up Foods
Cut up large foods for toddlers and children below four years as big chunks could get stuck in the throat, choking them and causing severe discomfortt.
9) Mark Out a Designated Are for as the Official Playroom
While kids find it a lot of fun being free to play around the house, they should have a designated spot where they can play with their toys as they want.
Letting them leave toys out anywhere else could result in an accident of you, the mother, and even the kids stepping on one and getting injured in the process.