As a parent, one of the things that can keep you preoccupied is how to keep your family safe. This makes sense as one look in the news can highlight many of the dangers that surround us today.
This includes health risks, accidents, and even issues with drinking water in some cities. While you might not be able to eliminate these risks there are several steps that you can take to reduce your potential exposure and here are 10 family safety tips you must know.
- Wear a Seatbelt
Unfortunately, automobile accidents remain the leading cause of death for people under 33 years of age. Many of these people died because they did not take precautions when getting behind the wheel.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Lampert & Walsh notes “while riding a motorcycle is still more dangerous than riding in a car, taking precautions is necessary.” As such, if you are in a car, wear a seatbelt.
- Use Child Safety Seats
Yes, they can be expensive and yes, some can be cumbersome. But ask yourself if five-minutes of fussing around a child safety seat is worth it when trying to protect your most precious cargo.
Some studies indicate that the proper use of a safety seat can reduce the risk of fatal injury for children under one by close to 70 percent. However, the key is the make sure the seat is properly installed as many parents get this wrong.
By the way, one best practice, especially if you only have one child who needs the safety seat is to put it in the middle of the back seat. Doing so will keep your child from getting crushed by the front seat.
- Don’t Drink and Drive
If you are going to drink, then don’t drive. Given the preponderance of ride-sharing apps, there are no excuses, so leave the keys at home as nearly 40 percent of all car accidents are alcohol-related. Your life and the life of your loved ones are at stake, so don’t risk it.
- Wear a Helmet
Your kids might hate them, but helmets can play an important role in keeping them safe be it when riding a bike or playing sports. A helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by close to 80 percent. As such, you should want to set an example for your kids by wearing a helmet yourself and by making sure everyone in your family has a helmet that fits properly.
- Watch Your Step
Unfortunately, slips and falls at home can be quite common. We probably all have a story about how a family member fell at home and possibly even needed to go to the emergency room because of it. It’s not just the elderly who are prone to falling and not getting up as children are just as likely to fall and get hurt around the house.
Many trips and falls can happen in lowlight situations, so make sure you install light switches or night lights to help you find your way in the dark. Lastly, make sure the walkways around your home are in good condition as uneven pavers or sections of concrete can be dangerous.
- Childproof Windows
It doesn’t matter if it is the first floor or second-floor window, you want to make sure there are stops in place to keep your children from opening a window more than just a few inches. Also, if you have sliding glass doors then you might want to place decals at eye level as this will help you or your loved ones from walking into, and possibly through the glass.
- Properly Store Medicines and Chemicals
Sadly, poisoning remains a leading cause of death in the home. This is largely due to the improper handling of medicines and other chemicals. Keep any medicines and chemicals under lock and keep and it might be a good idea to have instructions for what to do in case of an accident on the refrigerator and the local poison control center on speed dial.
- Keep an Eye on the Swimming Pool
Some studies indicate that having a swimming pool may be more dangerous than having a gun in the house. While this doesn’t negate the need for safety at all times it highlights the need to keep an eye on the swimming pool when you are home and to have it fenced in to keep would-be swimmers out when you are not.
- Watch Out for Choking Hazards
If you have young children, then you know that your home is full of choking hazards. This can include everything from foods, jewelry, tacks, extension cords, blankets, and pillowcases. Protect your home and keep these items out of reach. Only let your children play with age-appropriate toys.
- Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers save lives. Make sure you have them in your home and they are in working order. This means changing smoke detector batteries regularly and getting fire extinguishers checked at least once a year.