As a parent, your children’s safety is always a priority. And, you’re probably fairly aware of what the most common household areas are for people to be in. That’s why you have to pay particular attention there regarding health and safety issues.
For a few examples, think about floor surfaces, toxic cleaners, door and cabinet locks, and fenced yards. Each of these is an example of a common area or common item, but also something that needs to be looked at openly and explicitly if you have children of various ages.
When your children start running up and down the stairs, that’s when it’s essential to start looking at flooring choices for stairs. If a toddler is trying to go up and down shiny, slick wooden stairs, that’s a recipe for disaster. By putting down carpet or some other sort of flooring surface, not only are you making it safer for children, but you’re probably also making it safer for adults. Just be sure to pick a type of surface that’s easy enough for you to clean that the ick factor won’t get out of control sooner rather than later.
Your kitchen is going to be a very common area for your household. And it’s unfortunate that lots of people keep toxic cleaners under their kitchen sink. This is a bad habit to get into, especially if children are present. So, you can either buy non-toxic cleaners, or you can put all of your poisonous items somewhere high up and out of reach. Leaving it to chance that your children aren’t ever going to get into low cupboards in your kitchen area is not a good idea, and results in injuries and deaths every single year.
Door and Cabinet Locks
If any of your common areas have doors, drawers or cabinets. Then you know that kids are constantly trying to get in them. If there are any materials or items that you don’t need them to get into, then it’s time to install cabinet locks. These are inexpensive and very easy to install and can make all the difference in the world concerning safety regarding your children running through different areas of your household.
And finally, don’t forget that your yard is a common area as well. If you have kids, you either need to be chaperoning them, or you need to be utilizing some sort of fence, particularly if you are in a city environment. Fences aren’t just for pets. They’re also for security, keeping the wrong people out, and for security, keeping your children in. Make sure your fences are in good repair and are locked when necessary, so that young children don’t start wandering into unfamiliar territory when they shouldn’t be.