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SAFE HOME : DO’S & DON’T
Posted On: August 23, 2016
- DON’T allow children to burn fire-crackers unless an adult is present. Don’t allow children to handle matches or lighters.
- DO teach them the dangers of playing with fire.
- Hot Fluid
- DON’T place utensils with hot liquids near the edge of the table. Don’t keep stove handles jutting out within reach of children.
- DO keep all containers of hot fluid out of reach of children.
- Hot Iron
- DON’T leave a hot iron unattended, with cord hanging. A child may pull it down on top of himself.
- DO switch off and store the iron away with the cord coiled up when you’ve finished ironing.
- Hot Water
- DON’T pour hot water into a bucket and leave your child alone with it, even for a minute. He may think it’s ready for his bath, and get fatally scalded as a result.
- DO fill the basin with cold water first, then add in the hot water for mixing into warm bath.
- DON’T keep medicine in containers which can be easily uncapped by children. Colorful tablets could be mistaken for sweets.
- DO keep medicine in child proof bottles and containers, and under lock and key.
- DON’T use pest control chemicals (e.g. mosquito mats), carelessly. A child could be poisoned if he swallows some.
- DO put such chemicals in places away from children’s inquisitive eye.
- DON’T let children play near pools, drains, and streams ; they might fall in and drown.
- DO ensure that they are always free of any imminent danger.
- DO give children swimming lessons which will be benefit to them in the long run.
- Empty Wall Sockets
- DON’T expose empty wall sockets which your child could tamper with. It is best not to allow them to play near plug points.
- DO put safety caps on all unused electric outlets and switch off when not in use. Cover up any electrical points with heavy furniture to be out of reach of children.
- DON’T give breakable toys (or items made of class or ceramics) to your child. Your child could get badly cut.
- DO give sensible toys that are appropriate to your child’s age.
- Accident Prevention
- Accident is major cause of injuries and death all over the world. Most are preventable.
- It can be reduced by following rules like child car seat, helmets, speed breakers, window guards.
- Parents must accompany the child till 5 years of age with due precautions to prevent the accidents.
By Dr. Sourabh Agrawal
Designation: Consultant Pediatrician
Qualification: MBBS, MD