Kimberlee Mitchell (National Child Safety Expert ) gives expert video advice on: Why is making your home childproof important?; What is the most common unintentional injury for children?; How do I explain danger and home safety to young children? and more...
What is "baby-proofing" and "childproofing"?
Baby-proofing and child-proofing is installing child safety devices into the home so that the safety hazards are taken care of, whether they are gates, locks, latches, padding, alarms, or any type of safety device that will make the home environment safer for the child.
Why is making your home childproof important?
Making your home childproof is so important. We have millions of children that have to go to the emergency room every year. Unfortunately, we lose many children. About 5,000 children a year end up dying because of accidents that have occurred in the home. And the great news is that 90% of these accidents could have been prevented by childproofing.
What is the most common unintentional injury for children?
The most common unintentional injuries in a home are falls. Unintentional injury from a fall can happen when the child falls from the second or third story window, or from the top of the stairs, or even a child crawling up the stairs and then falling down.
When should I consider childproofing my home?
Considering baby-proofing and childproofing your home when your pregnant is a wise idea, because, although Mommy hasn't yet given birth to the baby, Mommy is still carrying that baby in the home. So, making sure that the home is safe for that baby by taking childproofing measures such as installing a carbon monoxide detector, and a smoke and fire detector kept in working order with charged-up batteries. Fire safety ladders in every single bedroom in the home is an extremely important childproofing measure. Then, when you're creating that wonderful nursery for your baby, whether you're buying the crib or the changing table, and you're making everything look just cute and wonderful, you also have to make sure that everything is childproof and safe. If you're using some special hand-me-downs--maybe it's a bassinette that grandma and you and all of the cousins brought down from generation to generation-- that's wonderful, but you need to make sure that it's up to JPMA standards, so that it's childproof and safe for your child.
What behaviors can I change to keep my child safe in the home?
Installing child safety devices is one way to baby-proof your home. But being educated and thinking about the ways you can change your behaviour, or maybe how your older children, and grandma and papa, who live in the house as well, can change their behaviour to make the new baby more safe. The top few ways to change behaviour to ensure safety are, when you're walking down the stairs and you're holding your child, even if the home is baby-proofed from ceiling to floor, you need to make sure to hold onto the hand rail to keep the child safe. You're wearing socks, it's the middle of the night, you're tired, you're holding the baby, and you can slip and fall. So, always hold onto the hand rail, no matter how sure-footed you think you might be. If you have guests that are visiting your home, it's your responsibility as the parent to change your behaviour and make sure that the razor is taken off the guest bathroom tub. If there are some pills or some waste in the waste bin, you need to make sure that that basket is emptied and set aside, and that your child doesn't have access to those things, that the guestroom is not left wide open if your company has some dangerous things in their luggage. When grandma comes for a visit, make sure that grandma's purse is hanging high, maybe on a peg rack near the entry, so that her medications or her candies or coins, so any choking hazards that are available to the child are out of reach, to ensure safety.