One of your top priorities as a parent is keeping your kids safe. And while you can’t always control what happens to and around them out in the world, you’d like to think that keeping them safe while at home is completely within your control. However, there are still many, many dangers that could threaten the health and safety of your children while at home. So to help you reduce these risks and ensure that your child can feel safer at home than any other place, here are three tips for keeping your kids safe from dangers at home.
Anchor Items To Prevent Them From Falling
When children are little and learning how to use their bodies, it’s not uncommon for them to hold onto items that they assume are stable in the hopes of getting onto their feet or climbing up high. The problem with this is when a child chooses to pull themselves up onto something that isn’t actually stable enough to hold them or their weight. If this happens, you child could easily have this heavy item fall on them, causing some real harm to them or even ending their life. To keep this from happening at your home, Angela Stringfellow, a contributor to FamilyLivingToday.com, share that you should only bring in sturdy, safe furniture to your home. Additionally, always anchor these items to the wall so that it’s nearly impossible for them to fall or get knocked over.
Set Rules About Internet Usage
From a young age, many children learn how to use a smartphone or other devices that have Internet access. When children are small and innocent, they likely aren’t intentionally getting into any trouble online. But as your children get older and more curious about things, you might find that some online dangers come creeping into your home. To combat this, Anne Reeks, a contributor to Parenting.com, advises that you set rules about Internet usage within your home. These rules can include things like only spending a certain amount of time online each day, only speaking to people that they know personally, or only visiting websites that have been pre-approved by an adult.
Practice Firearm Safety
For homes that have one or more firearms on the premises, it’s very important that you practice firearm safety, for both personal and legal reasons. To ensure that your home is safe for your children when you possess firearms, Judy Schaechter, a contributor to HealthyChildren.org, shares that you should always store your guns safely. This means that both the firearm and the ammunition are stored under a lock and that neither are stored together. You should also teach your children proper usage of gun, including always using the safety when not firing the weapon.
To help keep your home and family safe, consider using the tips mentioned above to ensure your kids are safe and protected when at home.