You can’t put your child in a bubble, and you can’t preempt every possible accident or mishap that may befall them. However, there are some steps you can take that will better ensure your child’s safety, be that at home or outside.
This list of precautions isn’t extensive, but consider it a guide to further your thinking.
Thinking about accidents and injuries at home, ensure you child-proof each room. It needs to be age-appropriate, of course, but no matter how old they are, you can take preventive steps to protect your child’s safety. From removing hazardous objects and chemicals to installing stronger latches on doors and windows, you can stop any inquisitive child from touching/going places where they shouldn’t. Then extend the child-proofing into the garden. Secure outdoor fences so your children can’t escape onto busy roads and remove any plants/objects that are liable to cause your children an injury. Ensure play areas are safe too, placing rubber mats under play equipment as an extra precaution from harm.
Accidents and injuries occur outside of the home too, be that through the rough and tumble activities your children take part in, to the unsafe nature of the environment where you and your family wander. Ensure your children know road safety rules for crossing roads, provide them with the appropriate clothing for outdoor activities, and especially when you have very young children, always keep them in sight when you are out and about. It’s also wise to carry a first-aid kit around with you, as well. Our kids are always getting into scrapes, in and out of the home, so it’s wise to be prepared.
Considering the terrifying threat of stranger danger, you need to ensure you and your children adhere to these rules when outdoors. It’s horrifying to think anybody wants to harm your kids, but we live in a society where child-abduction and harm have become commonplace. Of course, strangers pose a threat to your child inside the home, as well. How? Technology is a wonderful thing but it can also be used as a means for strangers to harm your children. From sexual predators to online bullies, educate your children on how to stay safe online, and always operate an open-door policy so your child knows they can speak to you if they have any worries or concerns.
Finally, think about your child’s safety in the car. Not only do you need to make sure your child is in age, weight, and height appropriate seat-belting, but you also need to focus on your driving. Without you having to pick up the phone to Derrick Law Firm and their personal injury lawyers. This means giving your children safety rules when you’re at the wheel, such as lessons on not distracting you with bad or silly behavior. Giving your children something to do will alleviate distraction, especially on longer journeys, so perhaps consider a backseat DVD player (or similar) to keep your children entertained.
As a parent, your child’s safety will always be preying on your mind. It’s stressful, we know, but by following some of the tips given here, you will at least be afforded some peace of mind. Still, we haven’t covered everything, so if you have further tips for parents reading this article, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
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