Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe
September is that wonderful time of year when the weather starts to cool, and we enjoy the outdoors. It is also Baby Safety Month – a good time for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to brush up on babyproofing and safety tips.
There is so much to consider – so we’re posting a few helpful hints to keep in mind while checking out your living space.
Safety Straps: You might be surprised by the number of accidents that children can have with furniture — because from your child’s perspective, TVs, dressers, and bookshelves look great for climbing. If these items tip over, they can hurt children. To avoid mishaps, install furniture safety straps so you’ll know things are stable no matter who or what attempts to climb them.
Kitchen Awareness: Review cooking habits/procedures with everyone who prepares food in the kitchen. Some things to remember are:
- Toddlers love exploring the kitchen! Small children might see their parents switching a burner on or off and want to try it. Keep your stovetop safe by putting a baby-safe cover over the knobs to prevent little hands from turning on hot surfaces.
- Always turn pot handles towards the back of the stove.
- To lessen the chance of accidents, use the back burners when cooking. This keeps the hot food further away from the reach of children.
- Check the childproof latches on your cupboards and replace any that are not functioning properly.
Yard, Deck Pool, and Hot Tub Safety
- Have alarms on all doors and entryways leading from the house to the yard, deck, patio, or pool area.
- Consider having a locking 5-foot fence or a safety cover for your pool and/or hot tub.
- Install safety gates to control when and where your child can explore. If you already have them, check safety gates and play yards to make sure they are in good condition. Stay away from or replace older accordion-style safety gates as they can be a strangulation hazard.
- Check and organize your yard regularly. Make sure there is no equipment lying around such as trimmers, lawnmowers, hoses, etc. that could cause injury to your children.
Blinds and Draperies
Double-check the cords on your blinds and draperies and ensure they are tied up or cut off and kept out of your child’s reach. The loop of the cord should break apart if you slide your hand between the two cords so there is no possibility of getting caught or tangled in it. For ease of maintenance, you can use a cord wrap – purchase at your local home improvement store – to keep them neatly coiled and tucked out of the reach of your child.
- Write up a fire escape plan for your home and share the plan with everyone in the family so they know what to do.
- Check all fire safety equipment:
- Are the smoke alarms working?
- Secur-Tek system’s monitor installed smoke and CO detectors at all times to help keep your family safe.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are full and everyone knows how to use them.
- Make sure flashlights are strategically placed with extra batteries and that everyone in the family knows where they are.
- Teach your kids the stop, drop, and roll technique just in case their clothes catch on fire.
- Is your children’s sleepwear fire retardant? Check labels to be sure.
Cameras and Remote Monitoring:
If you have a remote camera or monitoring system in your child’s room, you will want to check the camera positioning to ensure the entire space can be monitored with no blind spots.
If you do not have a camera or remoting monitoring system, you may want to consider installing one. It is an easy way to keep an eye on your children and add to your peace of mind as you’re able to check on them at any time. At Secur-Tek, Inc., our team can place cameras in strategic locations, kids rooms, kitchen, yard, driveway, deck, pool areas and connect remote access to receive real-time alerts and view activity in the interior or exterior of your home through your mobile phone, tablet, PC or your TV. If you install a camera system yourself remember to change the default password to minimize unauthorized viewing of your cameras.
CPR and Basic First Aid:
Last, but potentially most important – take the time to feel comfortable knowing and applying CPR and basic first aid techniques. If you do not, you can enroll in an infant/child CPR and first aid certification class. They are easy to find online from local organizations — and fun to do while giving you the competence and confidence to effectively handle those little boo-boos or accidents that children seem to get themselves into.
We hope these few reminders will help you and your family have a safe and secure fall!
If you have any questions concerning your family’s security system, video/camera monitoring, pool safety systems, or yard security – please don’t hesitate to give us a call.