Any responsible adult should realize― God gave us these precious
children to care for in the best possible way we know how. So
not only common sense but also some basic rules of safety should
be learned and followed.
In modern times, child-safety has been at the fore. There is
really no excuse for the two and a half million accidents that
kill or injure children in the home, or in cars, each and every
year. Most could have been AVOIDED!
Now, weíre not trying to punish any parent who made a mistake.
No one is perfect, but we sure can be more alert and careful
since today there are so many devices on the market to help keep
our babes safe and secure. You may find these inexpensive
devices in drugstore, grocery stores, catalogues, television
ads, and baby stores.
To help new parents know what devices they will need to protect
their infant, crawling baby or toddler, here are 15 simple
Anti-Scald Devices are
available at any plumbing or hardware store. And water heaters
in any home with children should be set at no higher than 120
degrees. This will prevent baby from being burned or scalded if
they turn on a hot-water faucet.
Smoke Detectors Come on
folks, everyone should know, (and in most states in the union
these are required) this is a necessity to warn people of fire
or smoke in the home in time to evacuate the house and get to
safety. For older children, make a plan telling them where to
meet Mom and Dad in a designated spot outside the home, far from
Safety Gates are a must if
you have stairs or steps anywhere in the house, whether itís to
the basement, garage, or different levels of the home. They
should be made of strong netting with sturdy locks or latches
connected to walls or stair-landing banisters.
Safety Latch Latches on
lower cupboard doors throughout the house and garage will
protect your child against dangerous poisons that could be
swallowed, or sharp tools and instruments that may do serious
injury or harm to an innocent but curious child. Use them in
every room, and donít forget medicine chests and drawers in the
bathroom. Children often mistake medicines for candy and
Car Seats Does anyone out
there in viewer-land not know that it is both the law, and the
greatest safety device invented in this age for keeping baby,
(as well as older children) safe while in a moving vehicle? Use
them every, single time you start the engine of your car with
Bathtub Seats Babies are
just naturally squirming, wriggling little beings, and when you
add soap and water, well, you then have a slippery eel in your
hands. But be not dismayed, there are useful and safe seats to
place your child in while bathing. They serve two basic uses
which are: they keep the baby upright in a setting position so
moms can properly wash them without holding on for dear life,
and they serve as a secure seat for the baby to sit while
splashing and playing in the bath.
Door Locks & Door Covers
To a toddler, the door is a fascinating thing. They see people
pass through these portals many times in a day and since they
are copycats of everything we adults or older siblings do, they
are curious to see whatís on the other side of these various
doors in their little world. Locking doors to basement steps or
rooms where children need not be exploring is vital. Doorknob
covers can suffice too when children are still quite young.
Window Guards Please,
parents, be aware of upper story windowsills a child might climb
up on from a bed or furniture that may be near by. Make sure you
have safety screens, bars, or netting over each window to
protect your child from a serious fall.
Window Blind Cords Other
hazards around windows are cords on blinds. You can replace
these cords with safety tassels or cord stops. (If you have a
looped cord, cut it in the middle of the bottom loop, and tie
each loose end in a tight knot to stop fraying. Numerous
children strangle on these cords each year. Keep babyís crib
away from windows in general to prevent them from wrapping cords
around their neck, or falling through the windows.
Door Stops Precious little
fingers are easily pinched to the point of serious energy if
parents donít keep heavy doorstops in front of open doors. Here
again, babies see doors open and close and they just want to try
it on their own, not realizing they have to remove fingers
first. Oh how that smarts! The poor little tikes!
Outlet Covers Anyone who
has stuck a bobby pin in an outlet as a child knows what the
results are. Burns and electrocution can be prevented with
plastic caps that cover outlets. They are cheap and easy to
insert. Do it!
Cordless Phones What a
great invention for moms and dads! You should never be
distracted from a child unless he is confined in a safety chair
or bed, and this rule is easy to keep now, even while speaking
to friends or family on the phone. (Avoid phone conversations
while baby is in the bathtub. This task deserves your FULL
Bumpers for Corners & Sharp Edges
These are so great in saving your child a severe bump on
the head or bruising from falling, (especially new toddlers).
Children seem to know only one speed once they get their wobbly,
little, fat legs underneath them― FULL BLAST! Parents hurt more
than the child when one of these marathon runs ends in disaster
on the corner of walls or sharp furniture. Protect against such
accidents with corner bumpers.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
are something to think about these days, especially if you have
a fireplace, or heat with oil or gas. A simple mistake in
closing off outside air to a fireplace that is still smoldering,
or a leak in oil or gas lines can cause carbon monoxide to form.
An attached garage with doors closed and a car motor left
running can also seep into the house and kill any living soul or
pet. Carbon monoxide detectors will warn parents if levels in
the home have reached dangerous heights so they then can escape
with their children.
Crib Safety Do not
purchase a second-hand crib that does not meet todayís safety
rules. Bars should NOT be more than three inches apart, and all
four corners should be rounded so a child trying to escape
his/her crib, (and believe me they start wanting to escape at
around six months of age) does not get clothing or blankets hung
up on corner post and strangle.