How to Develop a Safe Environment for Children: 13 Steps
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Keep your children safe from hazardous materials.


Home should be a place where your kids can laugh, play and enjoy childhood. Take precautions and plan ahead to make your home a safe place. Because accidents can occur in any part of the home, whether indoors or outdoors, explain to children what is safe and unsafe, but also lead by example and supervise your children at all times to prevent accidents. In addition to educating your children about safe practices, protect them from possible injury by childproofing your home against potential dangers.

Steps

  1. 1
    Remove all hazardous chemicals and tools, such as household cleaners and electric saws, from easily accessible locations. Store these items in a location children can’t reach or install locks on your cabinets. Get rid of any poisonous plants. Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector to alert you to an emergency.
  2. 2
    Set up child safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs. Keep windows and balcony doors locked so children can’t climb outside or fall.
  3. 3
    Place corner bumpers on coffee tables, kitchen tables and other sharp edges around the house. Place outlet covers over all electrical outlets.
  4. 4
    Secure any heavy objects, like heavy furniture, to a wall so they do not fall on your children. Remove any heavy objects from tall shelves to prevent the object from falling on your child.
  5. 5
    Install safety railings around balconies and decks to prevent falls. Also install railings alongside any steps leading up to your house.
  6. 6
    Place a child safety fence with a self-locking gate around a pool or hot tub. Set up a fence around your back yard where children are allowed to play to prevent them from running into the street.
  7. 7
    Keep sidewalks and steps clear of snow and ice to prevent slips and falls during winter.
  8. 8
    Choose safe toys for your children so they can enjoy playtime without the risk of injury. The safety standards of toys have changed over the years, so pass up giving children hand-me-down toys.
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    Stay away from toys with sharp ends or loose parts. Avoid giving children 3 or younger toys with small parts, which are choking hazards.
  10. 10
    Read the packaging. Toys have recommended ages on the packaging, so always purchase toys for your children that are age-appropriate. According to KidsHealth.org, all art materials, such as paints and crayons, should say ASTM D-4236 on the package to indicate these items have been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
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    Collect emergency information and have it available at all times. Place a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone. The numbers should include poison control, the police department, the fire department, the hospital, your pediatrician and emergency contact information of close friends or family members. Also store this information in your cell phone.
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    Keep your child’s medication information, such as insurance information, history of medical procedure and allergies, in an easily accessible location. Always have this information available for babysitters or anyone else who is caring for your child.
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    Teach your children how to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Place a phone in a location your children can reach easily.

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