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Don’t Let Your Children Get Hurt at Home! 4 Tips to Avoid Injuries

As a parent, you want to make sure that your children grow up in a safe environment. Therefore, it is important to take as many precautions as possible to ensure that they don’t get hurt while at home. Let’s look at some strategies to keep your kids safe while they live under your roof.

Cover Wood Floors

If your home has wood floors, it may be a good idea to cover them with carpet or area rugs. This can be helpful in the event that your child trips while running down the hallway or successfully climbs out of his or her crib. In addition to keeping your child safe, your son or daughter will make less noise. This can make it easier to sleep in on a Saturday morning or stay asleep at night.

Keep Wires out of the Way

It is a fact that children will play with whatever they can get their hands on. In some cases, this may mean computer or other electrical wires. To prevent your little one from getting electrocuted, keep wires tightly wrapped and in a container. You can also choose to keep them on a shelf depending on how your computer or other electronics are situated in a given space.

Make Sure Chemicals Are Locked up

It is critical that your child does not have access to paint, cleaning solutions or other chemicals used around the house. They should be locked in a cabinet that your son or daughter cannot get into. Furthermore, any container that has a toxic substance inside of it should be labeled and tightly sealed. Doing so can prevent you from mistaking a can of paint thinner for a water or juice bottle or making other avoidable errors.

Check the Garage Door Remote

Children don’t necessarily understand that the garage door won’t stop closing if it doesn’t sense their presence. Therefore, be sure that tilt garage door openers and related components are checked on a regular basis. Ideally, your garage will be inspected once a year for damage such as faulty wiring or a defective sensor.

Making sure that your kids are safe at home doesn’t have to be complicated. As a general rule, be sure to keep anything that you wouldn’t play with, eat or drink yourself out of your child’s reach. This can give you peace of mind during those times when you can’t keep an eye on your son or daughter’s every move.

Tim Esterdahl

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