Most parents are acutely aware of the potential dangers facing children. But there are ways to head off hazards, increase the safety of your child’s environment, and ease your anxiety levels. Be aware of the potentially dangerous situations in your child’s life and prepare for them:
- Childproof your home
- Buy a good car seat and install it properly
- Teach your children about water, fire, playground, street, and sports safety
- Buy and use sunscreen and bug repellent
- Carefully choose toys and furniture for your children
Your children’s lives will be safer and you will be a little more relaxed.
Parental precautions reduce dangers to children and have resulted in the incidence of fatal childhood injuries dropping 26 percent since the late 1970s. Deaths due to fire, automobile accidents, and drowning have decreased by 39 percent. Those decreases are directly attributable to parents buying and using safety equipment such as smoke detectors, car seats, and pool fences.
It is never too early to start teaching your child about safety, and it is just as important to remain vigilant about safety rules as your children grow. Every few months get down on your child’s level and explore your home and environment for safety hazards. Recognize unsafe products, let babysitters and grandparents know about possible hazards, and plan ahead so you and your family have a safe time, wherever you go and whatever you do.