If you have young children, you have probably grown accustomed to what seems to be a lack of fear factor. This is because children have little sense of self-preservation and rely on us to guide and teach them better. November is Child Safety Protection Month, a time to raise awareness of child safety. We would therefore suggest the following steps to keep your children safe.
- Keep your home sanitary. As parents, we become accustomed to the fact that our little kids are a constant source ofgerms. However, this does not mean we should grow lax in keeping our homes sanitary and risk unnecessary illness. We all know that once one family member falls contagiously ill, it is just a matter of time before everyone becomes sick. Regularly clean your bathrooms, litter boxes, pet areas, kitchen, and your children’s toys.
- Use safety gates to block off hazards around your home from babies and toddlers, such as stair cases, the laundry room, or the kitchen. Install safety locks on all entrances to your house and the door to your garage to prevent unplanned escapes from the house. Make sure that you always know where your young children are when you are closing the garage door or backing up your car.
- Check for product recalls. This includes car seats, cribs, children’s furniture, strollers, pack and plays, play-vehicles, toys, or common foods.
- Use age and size-appropriate car seats for your children based on the manufacturer recommendations. Make sure that the car seat is properly inspected and installed.
- Keep heavy furniture, appliances, and electronics anchored to a stud in your wall. Kids climb things, pull on things, and are constantly testing the limits of their environment. Take this simple step to minimize the risk of a heavy item falling on your child.
- If you have a pool, take extra precautions to make sure that your children cannot access it unsupervised. Pools are an attractive magnet for children, but also an omnipresent threat of drowning. Be sure to have a safety fence and locking gate professionally installed around your pool and to use a pool cover off-season.
- Beware of hot water. Make sure that your water heater is properly maintained and that the water temperature is limited to a maximum of 120 degrees.
- Make sure that you have working fire alarms with operational batteries, a fire extinguisher, and a plan of escape in the case of a fire.
- Lock up all medications in a locked medicine cabinet.
- If you have firearms and intend to keep them, keep your guns securely locked away from the children and take precautions to make sure they cannot access the safe.
New Direction Family Law
Your children are important to you and we fully appreciate that. If you are in the process or are contemplating a separation, divorce, or seeking child custody orders, let us help you. At New Direction Family Law our attorneys have built a reputation of providing intelligent, effective legal advocacy and helping clients to move forward. Call New Direction Family Law at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment or visit our website.
Sarah J. Hink
New Direction Family Law