Keeping Kids Injury-Free
If you have children, chances are you’ve often become alarmed by how they play. They seem to have little awareness of all the dangers that surround them. As a result, you have to be aware of these risks for them, constantly looking out for hazards and acting as a kind of human home alarm system.
Are they playing with sharp objects? Are they about to fall off a piece of furniture? When such questions come to mind, your human alarm system is triggered and you take action. Fortunately this is a free alarm system. To activate it, you don’t have to talk to an ADT home security authorized dealer, you only have to talk to yourself. The only downside is that constant vigilance and child monitoring can be extremely stressful!
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5,000 children visit the emergency room each year due to injuries from tipped over television sets, bookcases, and other appliances and furniture, and every year several younger children are crushed to death.
As a parent, you need to keep in mind that babies will start pulling on furniture as soon as they can crawl, and they’ll learn to climb shortly after learning to walk, eventually scaling counters, bookcases, and anything else they can get themselves onto.
Boys will find ways to scale moldings, pulling themselves into strange places as high as the ceiling, and some children like to play a game called Hot Lava in which they pretend that the floor is magma. They’ll heedlessly race around the room, jumping from one piece of furniture to the next and using the room’s own architecture to avoid the “deadly” floor.
While there isn’t much that you can do about Hot Lava except forbid your children from playing the game, there are plenty of other precautions, especially for younger children. Heavy dressers, bookcases, and certain appliances can be bolted to the wall or floor, or at the very least made certain not to be top heavy, and hefty items resting on surfaces, such as TVs, can be pushed as far from the edge, or as close to the wall, as possible. Also be sure to put floor lamps in locations where their bases are out of reach.
Chests of drawers and filing cabinets that are not in use pose a special hazard. Remember that open drawers create a perfect staircase for the mountaineering child. Keep drawers closed and even locked if possible.
Tall metal filing cabinets are especially dangerous. They present a mountain-climbing challenge to some children, but they can easily tip and are quite heavy. Be very careful where you place them.
Also, in general, furniture corners and other internal architectural edges are potentially deadly and should be buffered with plastic bumpers.
By becoming hyper-vigilant and activating your parental home alarm system ahead of time in an effort to prevent injury, you can save yourself at least a modicum of stress in your daily child monitoring.