A primary responsibility of every parent is to ensure their children are safe all the time. The home is supposed to be the safest place for kids, but this is not always the case. After all, there are many risks that children are often exposed to. When it comes to child safety, parents should be willing to do anything to make their home safe. That said, knowing some high risk zones in your home is key to making it a safer environment for your children.
Below are only some of the high risk zones you should be aware of as you welcome a child into this world or into your home:
1. TV Stand
Kids like exploring things. As they start crawling and climbing on objects, the TV and TV stand will become a health risk. After all, your child can pull down the TV stand and TV, which may both fall on them causing serious injuries. To make your home safer, consider mounting the TV on the wall, far from the reach of your child.
There have been cases where toddlers have been crushed to death by heavy books and bookshelves. As toddlers try to climb the bookshelf, they can fall to the hard floor below and get hurt. A heavy book or decorative object may also fall on them and cause injury. In some cases, the entire bookshelf may come crashing down. To avoid these risks, be sure to secure the bookshelf in your home to the wall. The heaviest books should also be placed on the lower shelves.
3. Painted Walls
As you probably already know by now, lead paint is harmful to humans, especially toddlers. If you have lead paint on your walls, all the walls in your home will be danger zones for your kids. Be sure to have the paint removed by a licensed professional to make your home safer for both you and your toddler. If you own an older home, and are not sure if lead paint was used, it's best to have it tested by a licensed professional.
Staircases are a terrifying danger to young children. Simply installing a secure gate is the first step in ensuring their safety around them. Baby gates can also be used to block entrance into other rooms or places in your home.
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