Educating Your Children On The Dangers Of Household Areas

Educating your children about the potential dangers that lurk in the home, like in the kitchen, bathroom or outdoors, is an essential part of childproofing. You can take all the necessary precautions to protect your children. But if they don’t understand why you’re taking those steps, they may have trouble learning to protect themselves from unforeseen dangers.

Educating Your Children: An Integral Step to Childproofing a Home

Tell your children why certain areas are off-limits. For instance, the stove isn’t for touching because it can cause a burn. The fireplace is dangerous because of the open flame. The garage cabinet is locked because the liquids inside can make you sick. Use language that they understand.

Swimming Pool Safety:Childproof Education

If you have a swimming pool or any other water on your property, teach your children to swim as soon as possible. Before they can swim, teach your children proper pool safety tips:
• If lightning or bad weather rolls in, get out of the pool.
• Don’t bring household items (especially appliances) into the pool.
• Don’t dive in the shallow parts of the pool.
• Don’t engage in horseplay in the pool.
• Don’t push or run around the pool.
• Don’t swim without adult supervision.
Always supervise children near the pool, even if they know how to swim or are wearing a flotation device. When pool season has passed, cover the pool. These covers aren’t safe to walk on, so teach your children to stay clear of the pool–even in the winter.

Teach Children Emergency Skills

If an emergency occurs, your children should know what to do at as young an age as possible. Teach them about calling 911 and what emergencies necessitate such phone calls.
Your children should know where to find a list of emergency numbers, like neighbors’ or grandparents’ lines. Put this list on the refrigerator or next to the phone.
Work on childproofing the garage and other potentially dangerous areas of your home, but accidents can still happen. If your children are educated about these dangers, they’ll be more likely to avoid hazardous areas–and more prepared to handle an emergency if one does occur.