Safety precautions for a child – Check out these important safety precautions in the home for children, electrical and road safety tips for a child at home and at school. Remember any attempt to emulate film stunts will lead to great harm.
Safety precautions for a child
During any repair or construction work in the house, the repair man uses a temporary ladder and has his tools, materials, etc. lying all around.
Children should not be allowed to climb onto the ladder, sit beneath it, or hold it. They should not handle any took or material and should be barred from entering the area under repair.
The repair man too should be told to keep his tools and materials within sight and properly, and to keep an eye on the children. He should not try to befriend kids by giving them hammers, chisels or nails, etc.
Furniture, including coffee-tables, should not have sharp corners. Their corners as well as edges should be rounded since children are likely to fall upon them while running around. For the same reason, do not use a glass-top table if a child can reach it.
There should be no locks or bolts on the inside of the doors to children’s room. If a small child bolts or locks himself in, he may not be able to unlock the door and may get hysterical or frightened.
Nowadays most parents use cribs, playpens, strollers, walkers, and high chairs for their young children. Ensure these are made safe for them.
Check that there is no space in a crib around the mattress for a child to insert his head and suffocate. If a child can stand up, see that he will not fall out of the crib. In a crib there should be no toys with strings as strings can strangulate a child.
In a playpen, no side should be down when the child is in it. The sides should be at least 50 cm high. The playpen should be stable and not fold accidentally or collapse on any side. There should be belts in strollers and high chairs to prevent kids from falling over. The construction of these items, should be such that the child’s clothes or skin will not be pinched, sheared, or cut.
Walkers, carriages and strollers should have brakes that cannot be released by the child. Do not leave infants unattended in prams, strollers and walkers as they may slide down a ramp, or the child, if able to walk, may wander off and get lost.
Avoid installing barbed wire fencing at a low level around the house.Children, running or playing in the lawn are very likely to run into the fence, cut themselves, and run the risk of heavy bleeding and tetanus. A thick natural hedge is preferable.
Children get excited when a car comes up their driveway, and they run towards it out of curiosity.
The driver may not always be able to see the child because of the child’s low height, also he least excepts to see a child there, or he may by concentrating on manoeuvring the car in a confined driveway.
So, do not let children play near or in the driveway.
Safety precautions for a child while handling objects
Do not let small children handle marbles, airgun bullets, beads, small stones, gravel, knives, forks, scissors, toothpicks, sewing or injection needles, pins, drawing pins, etc.
These can cause serious injuries. A round object could also get lodged in the throat, nose, or ear. A child should not put a spoon handle, pencil, or even a plastic straw used to sip cold drinks in his mouth and run around the house.
If he hits a wall or falls down, the item can damage the back of the palate. There is no easy cure for this and the recovery is slow and rather painful.
Small children should not handle an umbrella, either open or closed. Umbrellas have been known to cause injuries to the eye. Therefore, always put them on an upper shelf, or hang them high, out of the reach of young children.
Precautions for a child in the home after watching movies:
Whenever children see a movie of Superman, Spiderman, WWF, or other stunt stars, take time off to explain to them that these are not real events, and are tricks of film-making and they should never attempt any of those weird things.
Tell them also that even the heroes of those very movies do not attempt these acts in real life.
Any attempt to emulate film stunts will lead to great harm, and could even be fatal. We read about such horrible attempts in newspapers nowadays regularly.