10 Safety Rules for Your Child at Home

Safety rules are necessary for your child’s freedom from danger, injury and damage, and to your child’s personal security in the home. When you hear safety rules, think of it as practices that ensure your child is safe from harm.

1) Teach your older children first aid treatment

Simple yet important first aid treatments to teach your child or teenager should include;

  • Control bleeding: Put direct pressure on a wound (this is where the gauze pads in a first aid kit help!), elevate the wound above the victim’s heart, use pressure points and know when to use a tourniquet to stop bleeding.
  • Stop, Drop, & Roll: If your child’s clothe catches on fire, tell them to STOP – movement fans flames and can cause burns to be more severe; DROP – the more a body is in contact with the ground the better and make sure to cover the face with hands; and ROLL – this will smother the flames by depriving them of oxygen.
  • Treat a burn: Always cool a burn with water (cool, not cold) before covering it with a clean bandage or cloth. If you suspect that someone has a severe burn, seek medical attention right away.
  • Perform CPR: If someone is unconscious and not breathing, CPR should be the first course of action. Even if your teen hasn’t had formal CPR training, they should familiarize themselves with hands-only CPR – it’s better than not helping at all!
  • Poison Control: While some poisonings are more dangerous than others (cleaning supplies, lighter fluid, medications), it’s important to remember that some substances can be surprisingly dangerous when ingested. The best first aid is to dilute the poison as quickly as possible; Milk or ice cream is better than water because it dilutes and helps neutralize the poison, but that doesn’t mean it is magic, you still have to take your child to the hospital for proper check-up.

2) Childproof your medicines and keep your child safe.

The following tips would be helpful

  • Pick a place your children can’t reach.
  • Put medicines and vitamins away every time.
  • Teach your child about medicine safety.
  • Tell guests about medicine safety.
  • Hear the click to make sure the safety cap is locked.

3) Choose safe toys for your child

  • Ensure they don’t have sharp edges.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labelled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Stuffed toys should be washable.
  • Painted toys must use lead-free paint.

4) Mount your electronic appliances in a way that will not be reachable to toddlers or other smaller children

5) Get a phone for your grown-up child

Before you offer your child a phone, make sure there’s a reason to do so other than the joy you feel any time you give her something she really loves. It may be a matter of safety, so make sure your child is aware of the reason and knows the boundaries attached to the phone.

6) Install a fire alarm in the house

7) If you have helps like a nanny, cook, cleaner or security officer, make sure to do thorough background check on them

8) Teach your children to be weary of strangers

9) Censor the television channels they watch when you’re not home

10) Tracking devices on/in your child

While this can be seen as absurd or unnecessary, it is actually known to prevent your child from being kidnapped. Some high-profile children now have tracking devices on their bodies, phone or properties.

Can you implant a tracking device in your child? No? well, there are 9 other rules to follow so, it’s entirely up to you, the guardian, to know what’s best for your child and ensure the necessary steps are taken to keep your child healthy and safe from harm.

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