Safety is a priority in every household but is especially important in homes where there are small children. As parents, you want to protect your children from any potential harm and will take all steps to ensure a safe environment. But sadly, despite one’s best efforts, some accidents happen. As a matter of fact, accidents are among the leading causes of death in children; and about half of childhood injuries and accidents occur at home.
First aid is essential in managing these situations and preventing serious outcomes.
Prevention is important
Prevention is essential in order to prevent injuries. Making a home safety plan is essential in protection your family. Assess all possible risks and threats in the house, and make necessary adjustments and changes to mitigate these hazards. In households with small children, be sure to store poisonous compounds, chemicals and other harmful items in safe storage. Keep gasoline, cleaning or bleaching compounds, industrial supplies, and other toxic chemicals in a locked cabinet or somewhere that is out of children’s reach.
Prevent fires and burns by keeping lighters, matches and fire starters high enough, away from children’s reach. Teach children not to play with these flammables and reinforce the importance of fire safety. It is recommended that all levels of the home have fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is odorless and can be very difficult to detect but can also be lethal in high doses. In addition, parents should involve children in creating fire escape plans. Review your plans regularly and practice drills to ensure that all household members know what to do in case of a fire. Post an emergency phone number and contact list near telephones.
First aid training is essential in home safety
Parents or guardians must be ready to handle such situations. Taking pediatric first aid training courses or babysitting course can better equip you with the necessary skills to ensure you can handle the situation well. It is important to learn age-appropriate first aid techniques.
Teach children how to respond in emergencies
In emergencies, it is not only the children who will need first aid. Sometimes, it is the parent or an adult member of the family who is injured. In such situations, it would greatly help if children know what to do. This makes it important for
children to be taught basic first aid. You can enroll your child in basic first aid classes, usually in summer camps or schools. Children, even at their young age, can be taught when and how to call for help. Older children can even learn basic first aid techniques such as controlling bleeding, or helping a choking person, or someone who has suddenly become sick.
Perhaps, the single most important thing a parent can teach their child is calling 9-1-1. All children must know when and how to use the emergency hotline. They should know their full names, and that of their parents, address, and phone number. By calling 911, help can come sooner.