Your home should be the one place where your baby is completely protected from all kind of danger. It should be a haven, yet statistics show that thousands of kids below 8 years are injured or killed each year at home.
You can prevent injuries by watching your child very closely and making your home a safe place, but of course it’s not easy to cover all your bases and feel fully secure. Fortunately, there are numerous safety devices on the market to help make your home safe. Here are a few:
A baby audio and video camera provides a smart way for parents to monitor their baby and home using their smartphone even when they’re not in the same room. Depending on the complexity of the device, you can monitor your child even when out in the garden, sing or talk to your child to soothe them before you get there, and even detect movement or temperature changes in the room via sensors.
Having a home alarm system is one of the best ways to keep your family safe. It prevents intruders from gaining access into your home, and if an unauthorised person forces their way in, the alarm will go off, alerting the authorities.
As soon as your baby starts to crawl around, it is important that you install baby gates to keep your baby away from the stairs and other harmful areas. You can even install one on the back door so it stays open to let in fresh air.
While door locks and door covers can prevent your baby from gaining access to certain sections of the home, door stops and holders can keep open doors firmly in place to avoid pinching or crushing your baby’s small fingers or hands.
Window guards and safety netting should be installed on balconies and decks to prevent your child from falling out. Also, use window blind safety tassells to tie the cords of your blinds to avoid strangulation.
A fire, especially at night when everyone is asleep, can cause carbon dioxide poisoning. So, fit smoke alarms on all levels of your home, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, and remember to test them every week.
Corner and edge bumpers should be placed on all furniture, fireplaces, and other places with sharp edges to avoid painful injuries.
Lastly, keep your home clutter free so your child does not get hold of dangerous items. Keep in mind that child-resistant items, like cigarette lighters, strips of tablets, and bottle tops are not entirely childproof, as some children can still operate them. So, keep all items locked away safely.