Keeping track of the kids throughout the year can prove challenging, especially when you have a million different things to juggle. Follow these tips to keep the kids safe all year long.
Guard the Stove
Little ones often find themselves attracted to bright lights, and if you step away from the stove to pull a dish out of the refrigerator, curious hands could cause serious injury. If possible, keep the kids out of the kitchen while you cook. Alternatively, appoint one adult to take charge of the children.
Watch other hot surfaces, as well, such as the oven door, the fireplace screen, and pot and pan handles. Before you set food on the table, make sure it’s out of the kids’ reach until an adult serves them. That way, they won’t accidentally burn their hands or mouths.
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Check Your HVAC System
The pilot light on your furnace can become a safety hazard for kids. Make sure the cabinet that holds your furnace stays sealed and that kids don’t have access to large vents. Similarly, don’t let kids come into contact with space heaters, which can get extremely hot.
Protect your home’s indoor air quality, as well. Fumes from cleaning chemicals, burning fireplace logs, and other sources can put your kids’ respiratory systems at risk. Take control of your home’s indoor air quality by changing the filters and running your air cleaner if you have one.
Decorate For Holidays Wisely
For parents who like to decorate for each holiday that rolls around, it’s important to keep an eye out for dangerous additions to your home. Use plastic instead of metal hooks when hanging things so your children don’t injure themselves. Additionally, avoid keeping lit candles, poisonous fruits used in decorating, and other hazards within reach. Consider young guests as well as your own kids.
Examine your decorations for sharp edges. An innocent-looking star ornament, for instance, could become a serious weapon in tiny hands. After you decorate, remove all boxes, bags, and other packaging materials so your kids can’t get into trouble with these.
Keep An Eye on Your Child
If you’re visiting a friend’s or family member’s home, you might have to pay special attention. If the host doesn’t have kids, for instance, the home probably doesn’t feature child-proofing materials. Similarly, if you host a large gathering at your own home, watch the kids closely. Make sure they stay in full view of adults at all times.
Kids can get overwhelmed in large groups. They might not used to interacting with strangers or multiple adults at one time. If your children seem out of sorts, consider taking them to a quiet, private place for a few minutes to calm them down. Try not to overreact; simply give them space to feel comfortable.
You don’t have to become a helicopter mom as the year goes on, but take a few extra precautions to keep your children safe. The more preparations you take, the easier it becomes to enjoy yourself.