To prevent accidents at home especially those to little children, it is
extremely important to have a 'childsafe' home.
Here are some handy tips to
point you in the right direction. Children are inquisitive, so never leave a
child alone to crawl, especially near stairs. It is always good to have a stair
gate in place at the top and bottom of your stairs. Small children can easily
fall as they learn to walk. The garden is another dangerous place. Therefore,
never leave a child near an open pond or swimming pool.
Most accidents involving children can be predicted and are therefore
preventable. Vigilance is not a substitute for simple safety measures. One must
admit that it is physically impossible to keep an eye on a child all the time.
This is especially so when you are tired or preoccupied. Accidents are more
likely to happen. If you are going through a stressful time, such as work
pressure, chances are that you are less alert to possible
Enforcing safety rules, such as not touching plug points or not playing with
matches, are important from an early age but remember that these rules need to
be repeated over and over again before the message sinks in. The most important
step a parent should take is to make the home a safe place for little ones. So
sharp objects such as knives and scissors should be kept out of reach of
children. Similarly, medicine and poisonous substances should be kept under lock
and key. Swallowing of objects that are brightly coloured and small like buttons
and beads is a common home accident. Extra care on the part of adults with these
things will and can prevent such accidents.
Scalding by hot water or oil is another
preventable home accident. Observe a few basic precautions and such accidents
will not take place. Handles of saucepans should be turned away from the edge of
tables. Either an adult or a child might be careless enough to tip the pan over.
Most cases of poisoning happen in the home and are usually the result of
accidental ingestion of medication, paraffin
and cleaning agents. Children, particularly those under four years, are
especially at risk because they are curious creatures and explore the world by
putting everything into their mouths. Therefore, do not be fooled into thinking
that children would not ingest bad tasting substances.
In case of accidents, all homes should be equipped with a first-aid kit.
Parents should teach children the basic of first-aid steps to take in case of
emergencies. Accidents sometimes cannot be eliminated but first-aid would help
ease the pain until proper medical care arrives.
These recommended ways can help to a large extent. They might not prevent
altogether but they can ensure fewer accidents.