There really is a setting on your water heater than can ensure that your family is not burned by tap water from the faucets. Kids love water, and they love to play in it. Unfortunately they do not have the ability to gauge temperature and are easily scalded by hot liquids. Hot tap water actually accounts for about a quarter of all scald burns, but causes more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid.
It is natural for babies and toddlers to want to taste everything that they touch. They will eat their mittens, their bottle caps, money, the hems of their blankets, and the ear of a teddy bear. It seems they have no discretion. No matter how many times we tell them no, or take things away from them they will still go back to putting them in their mouth.
If you gave your child a bag filled with random objects they would be content and happy for hours. This is how little kids see other people’s purses. They just know that candy or keys or something fun is lurking inside. What they might find in Grandmas purse could kill them.
An unintentional shooting death among American children is nine times higher than it is in 25 other industrialized countries combined. That is pretty sad news. Approximately one-third of families with children have a gun in the home. This puts 3.3 million children at risk of being a victim to an unintentional shooting.
A toddler can spend half of his day in the nursery (especially if your lucky enough to have them sleeping on their own). This is a lot of time and it is common for toddlers to wake up and busy themselves in their room before alerting a parent. A baby monitor is a great way to be able to hear if your toddler is up to mischief. There are other standard safe guards as well. Move the crib mattress to the lowest setting and ensure that the rails are up and locked into place. Keep in mind most toddler will still try to climb out.
I can remember it well. My baby went from lying in my arms all day to crawling around the house so fast that I could barely keep up. All the dangers and potential hazards were slowly being unveiled, one catastrophe at a time. The toddler years start the moment your sweet and still baby becomes mobile, and add a whole new twist to childproofing!
Another big mistake that many of us do is not routinely checking and maintaining our fire alarm detectors. In the middle of the night when the steady beep, beep, beep goes off warning us that the batteries are low, most of us will hit the button or disconnect the batteries making a mental note to change the batteries in the morning. Then many of us, me included forget to do it.
In the United States 94% of all homes are reported to have at least one smoke detector in the house. But only 75% have a properly functioning smoke detector. Let’s be real, 400,000 children each year are injured in house fires. If you have children younger than 5, they are more twice as more likely to die from smoke inhalation.
When we go on vacation to a beautiful seaside resort or to a hotel that has a glistening pool we tend to be complacent with our kids. We too want to relax and enjoy the vacation and can get caught up in conversations as we sit beside the water. If you have a pool at home then chances are your house is full of good swimmers. This too causes a problem because it tends to lower our guards.
Remember That Children Should Always Be Watched While In And Around Water
Water is dangerous – There is no way around it. Most of the people who drown each year were adept swimmers, sure of themselves in the water. Just sitting next to the pool is not enough. You should be able to see each swimmer at all times, never with your back to the water and never relying on sound alone.