Kids will be kids, especially when they are at play. Even in your own home, when you are supervising your children–accidents can happen.
There are many hazards lurking around your home, and even the best parental supervision may not prevent every accident. Here are some tips for keeping your kids safe during play:
Make Your House a Safe Place
- Try getting down to your child's level to look for potential hazards.
- Store medicine, chemicals, knives or other sharp items and any other potential hazards out of your child's reach.
- Block stairs or balcony areas with baby gates.
- Keep open flames and hot appliances out of reach.
- Cover outlets.
- Buy only age-appropriate toys.
- If your older children have toys with small parts, choking hazards, etc., keep them out of reach of your younger ones.
- Don't store heavy toys up high, as children may attempt to get them down, which can cause falls and injuries.
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool, tub, or even a small amount of water.
- Don't allow toddlers to wander into the bathroom on their own.
- Install proper fencing and alarms around your pool if you have one.
These are just the basics of keeping kids safe around the home–but there are many more hazards that can cause accidents. To learn more about preventing playtime accidents and accidents around the home, check out these articles on our health library:
In the unfortunate event that an accident does happen, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is prepared to help you. Our Emergency Department is equipped to provide fast and effective care in emergency situations. We are committed to preventing childhood injuries and are proud to be affiliated with Safe Kids Pasco County, a local division of SafeKids USA.