Home Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Your Children

It is no shock that most families have spent more time at home than usual over the last year. Our homes were transformed in to possible work areas, classrooms, and our safe havens. Although day-to-day life is beginning to look as though normality is near, there is no better time than now to do what you can to encourage safe living spaces.

There are many items within a home that to many may appear to be harmless, but to children of young ages there may be potential for harm or danger. Many pieces of furniture within the home can present as safety hazards if they are not used correctly of if the proper tools are not equipped with them. Let’s take a look at 3 home safety tips.

  1. Use safety gates on stairs and be sure that they are being used correctly. Many young children have the ability to somehow appear in the areas they should not be, or the spaces that are not safe. Using safety gates can allow for you to limit young ones from gaining access to areas of a home that could pose as a safety issue. When using baby gates, it is important to be sure that you are following the instructions from the manufacturer.
  2. Be sure that flat screen TVs are mounted to the walls and if using box-style televisions, put them lower and closer to the ground. Heavy box-style tv’s can be a safety hazard as they are not typically secured. Being sure to use wall straps or braces can allow for them to be secured more safely. These types of TVs also tend to tip over easier, allowing for children to pull them over easier.
  3. Use window guards and keep climbable items away from windows or balconies. At a young age children curiosity begins to peak. This can also lead children to exploring windows and balconies, which can often be a safety risk. Using window bars or guards can better keep children from falling. Being sure that there are no easy to climb items nears windows or balconies can also keep children from reaching them.

There are always more ways in which you can make your home a safer place for both you and your family. Check out sklarimer.org for more safety tips.

Baby Safety Month

As a parent your top priority is keeping your children safe, and there are never enough chances to educate yourself on ways to do so. With the arrival of September, you are now in luck, because it is Baby Safety Month. What better time than now to take action to keep your baby safe?

These are simple, quick, and effective tips you can easily put into action to better protect your baby.

  • When putting your baby down for a nap or for the night, lay them on their back and there only needs to be a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. As tempting as it may be to put cute stuffed animals or extra blankets in the crib with your baby, these can actually cause more harm than good.
  • Always keep an eye out for broken toys that may be scattered on the floor or near your baby. These items can pose as a choking hazard to young children and babies. Anything smaller than a
  • Be sure to keep your baby’s bed away from windows or furniture. Having cords, strings or high surfaces can be a strangulation or fall risk.
  • Utilize baby gates! Having baby gates around your home can help to keep your baby away from harmful items or rooms that may be unsafe for your baby.
  • When bathing your baby, be sure to have the water no hotter than 120 °F to ensure the water is at a safe temperature, so you do not burn or injury your baby.
  • Keep your child rear facing in their car seat at least until 2 years of age, longer if the car seat allows it. This protects their head, neck and back in a crash much more than forward facing.

Want to dive deeper into keeping your baby safe? This booklet has tons of great information. Or, make a list of these and put it somewhere you will see it often so you can be sure to remind yourself on how to keep your baby as safe as can be!