Why is home safety important?
Keeping a safe home for children is essential in preventing accidents from happening. Just like the saying “prevention is better than cure”, establishing safety rules at home is better than dealing with any kind of major accidents and danger.
Home safety isn’t just about keeping your children away from risks, but is also a means to ensure that your children will enjoy and have fun in a safe environment.
Minor bruises and scrapes are a natural part of childhood, like little battle scars that children will get along the way.
Having a safe home is just a preventive measure to avoid any serious and life-threatening accidents from taking place.
Childhood accidents and safety rules for preschoolers at home
We cannot deny the fact that preschoolers ages 3 to 5 are prone to minor and major accidents. It is because their curiosity is at its peak, as well as their mobility.
Here are the common house accidents that your preschooler might experience and how you can prevent it:
Preschoolers’ most common accidents are falls. They are in the stage of their childhood where they find it fun and exciting to run and climb all the time.
Since they are still learning to be pros with mobility, they might lose balance or become unaware of their surroundings that might result in falls. Here’s what you can do:
- Place safety gates or barriers at the top and bottom of stairways. Adding this to your safety rules for preschoolers at home will prevent accidental falls down the stairs.
- Have window guards fixed mainly on windows installed on the top floors of your house. Window guards are durable enough in keeping your child safe inside your home even if they try to climb on it.
Also, having single hung windows are safer if you have young children at home. This type of window can only be opened by moving the sash (window frame) up and down, making it difficult for your child to access.
- Doors that lead down to the garage or basement must be kept shut.
- Always keep a close look when your preschooler is climbing on top of furniture and other high areas in the house.
- Furniture, like your child’s bed, must be placed away from the window. This will prevent them from opening or climbing on the window when unsupervised.
- Tidy up cords that are lying around in the floor areas of the house.
- Put a non-slip rug in the bathroom and carpet grips under unsteady rugs and carpets.
- Always keep floor areas dry, especially on porcelain tile or marble floors. Aside from falling in high places, falling on slippery surfaces might also cause the most serious injuries.
Even though preschoolers are better at eating compared to children ages 2 and below, they can be more susceptible to choking since they are fond of putting different things in their mouths. To prevent choking, you need to: