Surprising safety hazards in the home

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rescue image newYou’ll be shocked at what’s really dangerous for children in your home. As your child grows the safety hazards change and it is important that you create a safe environment for your little ones, adapting and changing as your child develops. Below we have put together a list of some of the hazards around the house that you wouldn’t think would harm your loved ones, as well as how to handle them.

1. Slippery floors/Toys left on floor

Ok, this one may be a bit obvious but many people under estimate how many serious injuries result in falls due to slippery/wet floors. In fact, this is the most common household hazards which has had parents rush to the emergency room with broken bones and head injuries.

How to avoid it- Make sure that you pick up after your children if they have been playing with their toys on the floor. Place rugs to avoid slipping and water pooling on slick surfaces and do not allow your children to go into a wet room until it is fully dry.

2. Windows

A child can fall out of a window which is open, sometimes this can be fatal or result in serious injuries if the window is higher than the ground floor.

How to avoid it – Install window guards on all windows in your home or opt for a less-costly window stopping device which is attached to the inside of the window frame to prevent the window from opening more than four inches.

3. Dishwashers

They give young children easy access to sharp knives and forks, and the racks have pointy spikes that can hurt your baby if he/she falls on them. Dishwasher detergent can also irritate your child’s skin and eyes and can burn the lining of his/her mouth and oesophagus if he/she swallows some.

How to avoid it- Make sure your child isn’t underfoot when you’re loading or unloading the dishwasher. Point knives, forks, and other sharp items downward in the utensil basket. Don’t fill the dispenser with detergent until you’re ready to run the load, and wipe out any that’s left over in the cup after each cycle. Always replace the cap on the bottle tightly, and store it in a locked cabinet. Keep the dishwasher closed and latched when it’s not in use.

4. The family dog

About 100,000 children under age 10 are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for dog-bite-related injuries, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these attacks take place in the home or by a dog belonging to the victim’s family or a friend. In 2000, a 6-week-old infant was killed by her family’s Pomeranian when she was left unattended with the dog on a bed.

How to avoid it – Make sure that you never ever leave your child alone with a dog. While Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and German shepherds are more likely to attack than other breeds are, any dog can become aggressive. Having your dog spayed or neutered can reduce aggressive tendencies. Teach your child to be gentle with dogs and to never tease, corner, or disturb a dog that’s eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies.

5. Water

This could be the pool or bath even a bucket filled with water.

How to avoid it – By law if you have a pool you must have a pool fence or pool cover. During bath time you must never leave children under five years unattended, do not even leave them with older children to supervise.

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