Make Home a Safe Place for Children
Children are naturally inquisitive little individuals, as soon as they can crawl they are exploring their environment. As they learn to walk, they continue to explore their surroundings only now they just get there faster.
Different studies have shown that every year millions of children are killed or injured by unintentional accidents that occur in the home. Small children fall victim to falls, burns, drowning and the number one cause, suffocation. In fact according to the U.S. Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died by accidentally straggling in window cords. With the recent recall of 11 million roll up shades and blinds by Lowe’s and other retail stores because of child safety hazards, the issue of child safety is on the minds of many here in Wilmington, NC.
One quote by anonymous person states, “ Don’t learn safety by accident.” So there is a need to prepare your home environment, making it a safe and secure place for children. Some tips to help prepare your home include, covering electrical sockets with a sliding safety latch to prevent electrocution. Safety gates are especially important to keep a safe perimeter for the child such as at the top and bottom of stairways. If you do have window treatments with a cord, the cord must be secured using a cord safety device or cleat. An even better option is to replace those types of window treatments with cordless window coverings. Keep furniture away from window areas such as a crib, keeping access to cords and windows out of the child’s reach. Also, to prevent children from falling through windows, the windows and screens need to be secured with safety nets or window guards.
These are just a few of the many important safety precautions that can keep your children safe. So take time to look over your home environment. Make sure your home furnishings, window treatments, appliances and other areas are safe and prepared for your children. To update or improve your home window coverings, contact Home Decor Solutions, Inc. here in Wilmington, NC. Remember, accidents hurt, safety doesn’t.