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Safety Rules at Home for Children

by Kathy Gleason

When you have a child, your outlook changes. You may suddenly become worried about everything related to your child. In fairness, there are many safety concerns to be aware of. No matter the age of your child, there are important safety precautions you can take to make sure your he is protected.

Detergents and Medications

Explain to children the dangers of taking medications that are not prescribed for them, or in the correct dosage. Keep medications in child proof bottles and in a high or locked cabinet so kids can't reach. Also talk to your child about the danger of detergents and cleaning solvents. Some cleaners are scented and smell nice, so make sure kids understand that just because something smells good doesn't mean it's not extremely dangerous.

Water Safety

Tell young children about the dangers of fooling around in the bathtub or any other standing water in your home. The Safe Kids website reminds parents that young children can drown in only an inch of water in a short amount of time. While many parents remember that it's dangerous to leave babies or toddlers alone in the bathtub, they don't think as much about older kids. Even a preschooler or an older child can slip in the bathtub and become submersed, however, so tell kids not to roughhouse in the bathtub and check in on them regularly.

Detectors

All homes should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, explains Safety Ed. Make rules about these detectors with your child. For example, detectors are never to be moved, touched or have their batteries removed for any reasons.

Childproof

Your child will be safer and you will have more peace of mind if your home is childproofed. Install baby gates at the top and bottom of staircases, and in front of any area where you don't want your child to be. However, just remember to take the gates down once your child is big enough to climb over, as that can actually make the gates more of a safety hazard than a help. Put safety knobs on any doors that lead to outside the home. Install outlet covers on any unused outlets, and put childproofing locks on the toilet, fridge and any cabinets housing items that could be a danger to your child. Make sure everyone in your home knows not to take these safety devices off.

Cooking Safety

Anyone who cooks in your home should follow safe cooking practices to keep your children safe. For example, use only the back burners on your stove for boiling water or heating food, never the front. Always stay by the stove when food is cooking -- don't leave a pot of boiling water on the stove and then go make a phone call. Explain to children never to touch a hot oven, and make sure kids are clear of the area before opening the oven to remove food.

Teaching Children Contact Info

For kids that are preschool age or over, make sure they can recite basic safety information for you. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children advises that parents make sure children know their address and parent's phone number, as well as how to use a phone for emergencies and several contact numbers in case a problem arises.

About the Author

Kathy Gleason is a freelance writer living in rural northern New Jersey who has been writing professionally since 2010. She is a graduate of The Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Before leaving her massage therapy career to start a family, Gleason specialized in Swedish style, pregnancy and sports massage.

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