Safety Tips for the New Year – Protecting Children at Home

Keeping children safe is a primary responsibility of every parent. While many people worry about how to keep their children safe while they are at school or participating in sports activities, it is far more likely for a child to become injured or abducted while at their own home. Fortunately, keeping children safe at home is easily accomplished by focusing on the following improvements that you can make to your home to ensure your child’s safety.

Childproof Your Home

Electrical outlets, firearms and household chemicals all represent a danger to children’s health. Therefore, parents should be sure to thoroughly childproof their home to eliminate hazards. To get started, you should begin working in one room at a time to identify potential hazards. Then, install locks, latches and gates that can deter your child from accessing these areas or materials. As a child matures, it is also important to reassess the safety of a home to keep up with new skills and developments.

Practice Emergency Procedures

Every family should practice how to handle an emergency with their children. Practice fire drills are one type of emergency procedure that most families practice. However, you should also be sure to practice how to handle other situations such as a knock on the door when a child is home alone. Teach your child how to dial 911, and make sure they know how to reach you if they are alone when an emergency arises. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation can give a child confidence in their capabilities while helping you to know they will be safe in any situation.

Install a Home Security System

One of the most effective ways to keep your children safe is to install a home security system that will enable you to automate your home. This way, you can be sure that your children are safe at night or when you are away. A home security system can ensure that your doors and windows are locked. Additionally, a motion-sensor camera can keep watch for potential intruders. In case of an emergency situation, an automated system can automatically contact emergency authorities. You can get more applicable information from a local branch of Vivint, such as Houston TX Vivint home security and automation

Being a parent means always having to worry about your child’s safety. However, many of these worries can be alleviated through the implementation of common safety procedures. By childproofing your home, practicing how to handle an emergency situation and installing a home security system, you can be sure that your children will always be safe in the comfort of their own home.

There is no time like the present to perform a safety check during September, which brings common household risks and hazards to the forefront during Baby Safety Month. Below are simple, effective tips to keep your precious little ones out of harm’s way. A few smart, key moves on your part can keep everyone safe this month!

10 Quick, Simple Childproofing Tips for Parents of Toddlers

1. In light of recent events where a toddler was killed by falling out of the second story window of his home, use childproof window guards or keep windows locked. Yes, even first floor windows are a potential hazard for little ones. If the window can be opened more than approximately 4 inches, then it is unsafe and poses a risk to your child.

2. Dangling cords from blinds present a choking and strangulation hazard. Keep them out of children’s reach, and in addition, never position a baby’s crib or child’s bed near a window or blinds.

3. To keep curious fingers away, install locks on the inside of cabinet doors and drawers in the kitchen, bathroom, garage and laundry.

4. Place an oven lock on your stove so that it cannot be opened by tiny hands.

5. Yes, they may be unsightly, but place doorknob covers on doors so that toddlers cannot gain access to rooms they shouldn’t. A chain door guard can also be used on the front and back doors of the home to keep children safely inside the house and strangers outside.

6. Designate a place in your home for all hazardous substances, and keep them out of the reach of children in locked cabinets.

7. Sharp utensils, such as knives and kitchen shears should be kept out of reach of children, preferably in a high cabinet or drawer with accompanying cabinet drawer lock.

8. A fire extinguisher should be placed within reach in the kitchen, such as under the sink. Does yours work? When was the last time you checked?

9. Do not leave your child unattended while in the bathtub. When the bath is done, make sure to drain the tub completely, as a child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.

10. Place outlet covers on each and every outlet that is not being used to keep curious fingers away from danger.

Most importantly, teach everyone in your family how to dial 911, and place a list of emergency numbers, such as the Poison Control Center, near the phone.

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Have a waddler on your hands? Get ready for some major milestones ahead! As your little one goes from crawling to walking to all-out running, now is the time to childproof your home! (if you haven’t already!) “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom was sent two fabulous products to review from Rhoost that came just in time as “Mom’s” daughter turns 11 months old and is becoming quite the mover and shaker!

Rhoost offers functional yet stylish products that are extremely simple to use! So many childproofing products on the market require the use of screws and adhere using an adhesive which can ruin your cabinetry or pieces of furniture. Not Rhoost! Both the Rhoost Edge and Rhoost Sling attach with a unique strap and lock fastening system. It is because of this first-of-its-kind system that you can attach and re-attach each one with ease, and even tuck into a diaper bag for visits to Grandma’s!

In addition to keeping tiny hands out of cabinets or providing a safe, secure cover on table corners, the Rhoost Edge and Rhoost Sling are BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free, Lead-Free AND 100% recyclable. This company is on a mission to provide families with safe, functional baby-proofing products that are planet-friendly, and in addition, blend well with any home decor. The Rhoost Edge table corner protectors are available in plum, brown and black, and the Rhoost Sling for keeping curious fingers out of cabinetry is available in brown or black.

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*Company provided samples, images, and information for this review.*