5 Simple Rules to Keep Kids Safe at Home

blog-default Even if your house is equipped with a home security system, you and your family may not be truly safe until you've taken additional steps toward optimum security. One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to home safety is the health of your children. Do they live in a safe environment that lets them grow, have fun, and learn without putting them at risk? Here are five simple household rules to keep your children safe in your humble abode. Don't leave kids alone around water. Whether it's a full sink, a toilet, a pool or a bathtub, it's never okay to leave kids by themselves around water, which could present a drowning hazard. Keep kids safe by supervising them - even if you have to leave the area for just a minute, you should take your children with you to avoid the risk of them accidentally drowning. According to Discovery Health, drowning can occur in less than 1 inch of water, so keep this in mind whenever your kids are splashing around. Put hazardous products out of reach. Everything from glass cleaner, to bleach, to medication, to knives should be kept well out of the reach of your children. Place these items in locked closets or cabinets or put them in cupboards or on shelves where kids can't reach them. Keep in mind that curious children may use stools or climb on counters to get to something that's off-limits. Make their beds safe. For babies especially, suffocating during sleep is a big risk. One way to ensure safety for infants and toddlers is to make sure that your children's beds are as bare as possible, without lots of stuffed animals, blankets and pillows cluttering the space. Have your children wear warm pajamas to bed when it's cold to minimize the need for blankets, and tuck those in so that they don't reach above your children's chests. Keep them away from electricity. Another child safety concern arises when your children play around outlets or electronic devices. To avoid the risk of electric shock, you should place plastic outlet covers over all of your home's outlets that are within a child's reach to prevent them from putting objects into the sockets. Check to make sure that wires and plugs are also tucked away safely and that no exposed wires are present. If your kids are old enough to use kitchen appliances, teach them never to put metal objects into a toaster or microwave. Teach them what to do in an emergency. Develop a family plan for what to do in case of an emergency and make sure your children know it well. Teach them how to call 911 and tell them what to say to the operator in a variety of circumstances.