Jan 9, 2010

Make Your Home a Child Friendly Home (2)

As I mentioned in my last post about this topic, having a child friendly home is very important because you, as parents, must protect your children from any dangerous things that can harm them. In this post I’ll mention other general tips for you:

11. Make rooms free of small toys, plastic bags, balloons, and other items that could pose a choking hazard.
12. Use window stops so windows don’t open more than 4 inches. Also, open windows from the top.
13. Use door closer on every door and cupboard in your house.
14. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including in the basement and outside all sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries once a month or when the alarm chirps. Don’t disable smoke alarms, even for a short time.

15. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas. Be aware that carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste; and it can be deadly. It can be emitted when heating and cooking equipment are not working properly. Test carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Consider buying a combination smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detector.
16. For your younger children:

  • Do not use a baby walker with wheels. This kind of walker can be dangerous, especially near stairs.

  • Guard stairs at the top with hardware-mounted gates. If possible, install the gates at both the top and bottom of the stairs. Don’t clutter stairs with tripping hazards.

Kitchen can be the most dangerous area for your child. Here are things that you should do to have a child friendly kitchen:

  • Keep knives, scissors, and other sharp utensils out of children’s reach.

  • Cook on back burners whenever possible. Keep handles of pots and pans turned toward the back of the stove.

  • Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure all adults in the home know how to use it.

  • Carefully store all toxic household products such as cleaning supplies, medications, and vitamins. Keep them in their original containers. And lock them in a cabinet out of reach of children.

  • If your child uses a highchair, always strap him or her in.

  • Avoid using tablecloths. Your child’s small hands can grab the tablecloths and pull dishes and other items onto your child’s small head.
In my next post, I’ll mention things you should do to have a child friendly bathroom, child’s bedroom and family room. See you…

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Unknown said...

Bagus banget tuh tips2nya..
Apalagi untuk ortu yang punya baby aktif (seperti kei) setiap apa yang diliat selalu saja ingin dia dapatkandan kadang2 kita ga akan menyangka klo hal2 yang kelihatannya sepele malah sebenarnya berpotensi untuk mencelakai buah hati kita..

kathy said...
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kelirirenk said...

Pernah ada di berita, seorang balita tewas gara-gara minum cairan pembersih lantai.
Walau ditinggal beberapa menit saja, si kecil bisa melakukan apa saja... sebaiknya antisipasi sudah dilakukan seperti tips Kak Lina.
Makasih tipsnya.

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