Protecting your young children while stuck at home and sheltering in place can be challenging. Below we have put together some important safety measures to consider.
Cleaning Supplies & Toxic Chemicals
Lysol, bleach water, and hand sanitizer use have increased dramatically over the course of the past couple of months. Often times, these products are left on kitchen countertops or another easily accessed area of the home.
These products could be poisonous if swallowed or touched.
Remember to keep these products in a locked cabinet or out of reach of your young children.
Swallowing Dangerous Items
There are other items that can be extremely dangerous to kids if swallowed.
- Nicotine used by vape pens and e-cigarettes – often having a sweet candy-like smell, liquid nicotine can be very dangerous.
- Laundry detergent packets – let’s face it, these packets look like candy with their bright colors. Many manufacturers have created childproof lids but we still recommend placing these containers out of reach of children.
- Magnets – small, powerful magnets that are often sold as a relaxation type desk toy for adults can be swallowed by kids.
Furniture Tip-Over Accidents
There have been countless recalls of furniture and other consumer products due to tip-over risks. It is important to secure large TVs, dressers (that kids can climb on), and other heavy items to walls so that they can not tip over and cause a serious injury or death to your child.
Remember to keep cribs and other sleep products away from windows that have coverings that include cords, as they can create a strangulation hazard.
Shared Toy Boxes
If you have multiple children of different ages, you should be sure that the younger ones do not have access to the older one’s toys. Often times, an older child’s toy will contain small parts not suitable to a younger child. These smaller parts could create a choking hazard.
If you want to look up a specific product to see if it has been recalled, you can visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – https://www.cpsc.gov/