What Are Some Tips For Keeping Children Safe At Home?
Your home is meant to be a safe haven for your children; sometimes, however, there are dangers lurking in corners that you never even knew existed. To ensure maximum safety, there are a few things you can do to promote a safer environment and remove unrecognized hazards.
Tips for Preventing Injuries at Home
Today, most of the injuries children sustain at home come from innovations. These products are meant to make adults’ lives more convenient, but also pose high risks for young children. Here are a few things you can do to avoid injuries from these products at home:Be aware of detergent pods.
These are premeasured for your laundry and dishwashing. They are loaded directly into the machine and the plastic container will dissolve in hot water. While they are convenient, they are also an extreme safety hazard for children. They are colorful and can resemble toys, and even candy, to young children. If consumed, they can cause brain injuries, respiratory failure, choking, and even wrongful death. Some companies are currently in the process of making these safer, but it is important to keep them away from small children at all times.Blinds are choking hazards.
They can become tangled around a child’s neck and lead to strangulation. Newer blinds have been manufactured with this concern in mind, but these new standards are not always enough to prevent strangulation. Keep cords away from small children and never place your child’s bed by the window where they can easily access the cord.Heavy televisions can be unsafe.
While today’s flat panels are much lighter, there are still TVs out there that way 100 pounds or more. When these topple over, they can crush a child and lead to serious injury or death. TVs should be secured on a stand or anchored to the wall using the proper brackets. Never allow a child to climb on the TV stand.
Shelving can be dangerous, too.
Never place shelves over your child’s bed. These can break loose or items could easily fall on your child. Also, decorative shelves throughout the house could pose potential risks, especially if they are bumped. Shelves must also be secured to the wall. It is necessary to use the proper brackets and secure them to studs inside the wall to prevent loosening. Never overload shelves, and teach your children that shelves are not toys.
Was Your Child Injured?If your child was injured at home or in a daycare facility , you may be entitled to compensation based on those injuries. Whether it was a defective product or a daycare provider who offered inadequate supervision, speak with an attorney to explore your options. Contact the attorneys at Vasilaros | Wagner today to schedule a consultation 386-777-7777 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.