Children are inquisitive especially in their formative years and this leads them or rather their parents into some form of trouble most at times. The common dangerous explorations children take have to do with water, fire/heat, heights and swallowing/ drinking of poisonous or hazardous substances. Here are a few things to note if you have a child between 1 and 6.
Water – Swimming pools, water bodies and every form of stagnant water even baths.
Children are drawn to water maybe because it is sparkly and it is fun for them to see things float on it. Water safety should not be compromised for the joy it brings to children when they are allowed to play with it.
- Beware of drains (wells, gutters) and always make sure they are covered.
- Keep children’s toys far from water.
- Lock bathrooms doors
- Cover hot tubs when not in use and don’t leave water in them
- Make sure to fence your pools and put a lock on it
- Supervise your children if you allow them to get close to water. Make sure not to drink while supervising them.
- Teach them to swim
Fire/ Heat – Gas cookers, coal- pots, ovens, candles, irons, grills and any other thing that produces heat should be far from children
- Reduce fire threats by not overcrowding extension boards
- Put gadgets such as hair dryers, curlers, straighteners and irons away to cool after use and don’t leave them around.
- Establish no- go areas for children. E.g. the ironing area.
- Don’t leave burning candles unattended.
- Hide matches, lighters and anything that produces fire away from children.
- Have fire extinguishers at vantage points and learn basic to- dos in case burning occurs.
Drinking/Swallowing of poisonous substances is one common occurrence. Children tend to drink alcohol, kerosene, paint and also swallow beads, pills, cosmetics and toiletries and other harmful items when they are not well supervised.
- Store all medicines out of sight/reach of children
- Put your purses and bags away after use
- Keep pills and liquids in their right containers
- Keep good record of the number of pills left in containers
- Don’t leave drugs for adults at places children can reach. Do not even take your drugs in their presence.
- Laundry supplies and toiletries should be out of sight.
- Gardening products, insecticides and others should be out reach.
Please do well to pay particular attention to these tips if you have a baby, a toddler or a child or you are expectant. You can also share to save a life.
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