Home Safety Tips for Kids

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There are a few things that truly scare me about being a parent. One of them is the kids getting into the medicine cabinet or household cleaning products. We had a frightening experience with Lucas two years ago. He was at my parents house and him and his cousin got into my mom’s medicine cabinet and took cough drops. They were only cough drops, but I thought Lucas knew better. He was 6 years old and he knew the dangers or…I thought he knew. It could have been a lot worse. We were very lucky, but after that I made sure that medicine and cleaning products were out of the kids reach not only at my house (which they already were) but also at any home that my kids regularly visited (i.e. the grandparents house). These kids are everything and I will do anything to protect them.

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Now that it’s summer and kids are home on a school break, it’s important that we go through our homes and ensure that everything is safe. The truth is that kids (no matter the age) will be kids. They will get curious and go through things and do things that you never thought they would do. Babies and toddlers, like Amelia like to taste and feel everything they can find to learn more about their environment – and this is absolutely normal, even beneficial, in a child’s development so while you shouldn’t try to get your little one to stop mouthing, you instead just need to be aware and on guard. So what can we do to protect our precious little ones?

Tide & Gain have partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide for the “Up, Up, & Away” campaign to remind parents/families to keep laundry products away from children’s reach.

With liquid laundry packets gaining in popularity, now used by 20 percent of U.S. households, parents need to be aware of this emerging risk for children. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 700 children 5 and under experienced serious effects as a result of liquid laundry packets, with the impact greatest among 1 and 2 year olds. In fact, the poison centers received more than 33,000 calls from 2012 through May 2015.

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Home Safety Tips for Kids

Whatever you do with your medicine and cleaning supplies, keep them very high up and behind a locked door.

Go through your home at your child’s level. Get down on the ground at try to look at your home from your child’s perspective and assess what could potentially be dangerous. Cover all electrical outlets and make sure that electrical cords aren’t loose or exposed. Keep small items out of reach of babies or toddlers.

Never leave a child unattended near or in water. This includes bathtubs, blow up kid pools, etc. Remember that drowning can occur in less than 1 inch of water.

One room that’s often overlooked is the laundry room and the new laundry pacs, those small, single use products. These powerful packets contain highly concentrated detergent and require the same discipline as common household cleaning products when it comes to safely using, handling and storing. They need to be kept Up, Up and Away – seal these pacs up, store pacs up, and keep them away. Much like many other household cleaning products, laundry pacs need to be handled with great care to prevent unintended exposure.

Always have the number to poison control and your pediatrician handy just in case your child manages to get into anything they shouldn’t.

 

For additional home safety tips, visit pgeveryday.com/tag/safe-home.