Let’s talk a little about the care we should take with our children to avoid accidents at home, which is still the main cause of child death.
Children are always curious and have no notion of danger, so we need to pay attention to every detail.
Here at home I just leave the plastic pots in the cupboard where Laura has access, so she can move around without danger.
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As published by Crescer magazine, see what are the most vulnerable points and solutions that help make the home safer for your child.
Check out some tips to prevent the accident at home with children
It is the most dangerous room in the house for children, because there are the sharp objects (like knives and forks) and the stove. Check how to avoid cuts, lacerations, burns and intoxications on the little ones:
- If possible, leave the gas plug outside.
- When cooking, prefer to use the back of the stove and turn the pan handles to the side of the wall or into the stove. This prevents the child from trying to reach it.
- The sharp objects (knives, forks, glass cups, skewers, etc.) should be kept in drawers and lockers.
- Matches and lighters also need to be kept in locked and hard to reach areas.
- Collect the household appliance wires. An alternative is to wrap them in rubber bands.
- Always keep cleaning products in their original packaging. When it is not possible, place warnings alerting what is inside each bottle. Keep these out of the reach of children and away from drinks and food.
- Never leave the child in the bathroom without adult supervision.
It is the second most risky home environment for children.
- Keep the door closed whenever possible.
- Keep the toilet lid closed. It’s interesting to get a lock.
- Make sure the room floor is always dry and place anti-slip mats in areas where it usually gets wet.
- Arrange medicines and cosmetics in tall cabinets that the child can reach. If the cabinets were low, reassure them.
- Remove electrical appliances from the outlet after use.
- Check the operation of the bathroom gas heater periodically.
- Opt for rounded corner furniture. Furniture is dangerous for babies who are learning to walk. In cases of furniture with a frame, cover them with silicone protectors.
- Avoid furniture with wheels and position them away from windows.
- Keep all the toys after playing. Objects scattered on the floor cause accidents and falls.
- Look at the toys that are offered to children. Consider the age following the manufacturer’s recommendations and trust only those with the INMETRO seal.
- Avoid TV and lampshades in the child’s room.
- Make sure the child’s bed has lateral protection, such as bars.
- Be careful when choosing bunk beds. They must have bars.
- Attach curtains to prevent asphyxiation. For that same reason, attach blankets and sheets to the “feet” of the bed.
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- Smoking in the home increases the risk of fire. Be careful and avoid.
- Position the television and electronic devices in stable furniture (without wheels).
- Avoid using the same outlet for more than one appliance.
- Watch out for mothballs in the closet. If you really need them, put them in an area where the child cannot access.
- Position sofas or chairs away from windows.
- Place gates or railings on the first and last steps of the stairs.
- Store alcoholic beverages in high, locked cupboards.
- Keep the electronics wires wrapped.
- Avoid curtains with knobs (such as blinds), as they can cause hanging.
- Beware of very pointed ornamental plants.
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- Surround the pool and keep the gate closed at all times. It is also valid to cover with canvas and buy an alarm.
- Keep children away from barbecues and do not use liquid alcohol as it increases the risk of fire.
- Pesticides, herbicides and car products need to be kept in high cabinets.
- Inform yourself about toxic plants and avoid them indoors.
- Don’t leave buckets and basins with water on the floor. Always put them in high places.
- Check the fixation of the washing tank and avoid leaving it full of water.
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In all rooms
- Make sure the wiring in the house is in good condition and attached to the ceiling.
- Check if the lighting in all environments is enough.
- Protect electrical outlets that are out of use.
- Windows and balconies receive nets or protection grids.
- If there are glass doors in the room, signal them.
- Prefer furniture with rounded corners. If this is not possible, purchase corner guards.
- 0 to 1 year – Falls (exchanger, bed, lap), asphyxiation, suffocation, aspiration of foreign bodies, intoxications and burns (hot water and cigarette).
- 2 to 4 years – Falls, asphyxiation, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, electrical shock and trauma.
- 5 to 9 years – Falls, running over, burns, drowning, electric shocks, intoxications and trauma.
In case of an accident, get medical help as soon as possible.