5 Surprising Home Safety Hazards to Children
How safe is your home to children? Have you conducted a thorough safety audit to establish what is likely to cause accidental injuries to young ones at home? Well, this article serves as a whistle blower to all parents who have never given the topic of safety hazards and children at home a second thought. This is a brief list of things you need to take note of, whether you’re at home or away from home.
- 1. Latex balloons
This comes by surprise because no parent ever thinks latex balloons are dangerous to their children. But the reality of the metter is that many children die annually as a result of chewing or blowing latex balloons. The reason why latex balloons are dangerous is because they easily conform to a child’s throat, thus blocking their breathing process. Nevertheless, Dr. Mariann Manno of the University of Massachusetts Medical School says children should be given Mylar balloons rather than those made with latex. Again, when this is done, they should always be supervised to be certain that they are safe.
- 2. Kitchen ranges If you’re kid loves the kitchen, you need to worry about their habit, lest you encounter 1000 ways to die firsthand. If a kitchen range is not installed properly and your child leans on it or climbs the door of the microwave oven, it may fall forward. This is one of the most fatal accidents that can ever happen. You see, toddlers have tipped over a cooking stove, thus ending up being doused with a pot of scalding water in the process.
To prevent such an accident from happening, make sure all free-standing kitchen ranges are equipped with anti-tip brackets which secures their legs onto the floor.
- 3. Soft bedding It might look cozy for you and the baby. But take note, a cozy bed isn’t the safest bed in the house — at least where your young one is involved. You see, soft bedding will mold around your baby’s face, and this can end up chocking them. Although these deaths have largely reduced in the past, thanks to the ”Back to sleep” campaign launched in 1991, there are at least 900 infants suffocating every year as a result of this chocking. This is according to reports by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- 4. Baby oils used for bathing Some of these oils are made of liquid hydrocarbons, and can cause a serious, pneumonia-like medical condition if inhaled by babies. If they inhale the substance into their lungs, it can cause irreversible damage, and in some instances, death. To address this matter, make sure the baby oil you’re buying has child-resistance packaging. Also, store all bath and baby oil products out of their reach.
- 5. The family dog hazard It is estimated that there are about 100,000 children under the age of 10 years who end up in hospital emergencies due to dog-related injuries like bites. Surprisingly, these bites involve victims whose dogs belong to their families. To prevent this from happening, never leave children unattended with a dog. Also, teach them not to disturb a sleeping dog, or try teasing/cornering it. Also, you should have your dog neutered to reduce their aggressive behaviors.
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