Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How to Avoid Accidents At Home

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When you have a young family, accidents are almost inevitable. Whether it is a plate getting dropped
and broken or someone not looking where they are going and running into something, kids get
themselves into all kinds of trouble.


But while some accidents like falling over are common and grazed knees are part of growing up, there
are other accidents that you can work to avoid. Looking at any accident lawyer website might convince
you that serious injury is always right around the corner, but the truth is that if you teach your children
good behavior and ensure that they are in a safe environment, there shouldn’t be anything to fear.

Make Your Home Safe

There are a lot of extensive lists of things you can do to make your home safer but the best bet is to go
with your instincts as a parent. Children can’t and shouldn’t grow up with a cotton wool wrapping so accepting that some accidents might happen is all part of parenting.


However, there are a few recommended basics such as putting a gate at the top of the stairs, making
sure that the kitchen is clean and tidy all the time (tucking in pan handles is an excellent tip) and using electrical outlet caps. In fact, the more you can do to minimize the risk of any electricals, the better.  

Teach Your Kids About Safety

Though most safety tips are good old fashioned common sense, you need to remember that your kids
don’t have that just yet. Young children are prone to experimentation as part of their learning process
which is why so many do daft things like sticking their fingers into plugs/ small holes/ their noses.


The best thing you can do is to lead by example. So, when you are crossing a busy road, make sure
that you go through all the safety lessons like stopping, looking both ways and listening for traffic and
encourage your kids to do the same. Seeing what you do and copying your behavior is how most
socialization happens so crossing the road safely, eating your greens and being nice should all be at
the top of your list too.

Remain Vigilant

In most cases, accidents can be avoided by staying vigilant and making sure that your kids are okay.
This is especially important with very young toddlers who are just getting a wriggle on!


However, being vigilant is not the same as being a helicopter parent. You must still make sure that your
children have the space to breathe and be themselves without you watching for every little thing. In our
modern world, this is easy to achieve with baby monitors and, when they get older, mobile phones.

Accidents are a normal part of growing up and for the most part, they will simply teach your kids to be
more careful. Being sensible takes time and practice so the balance is in giving them a chance to find
out what happens without risking any disastrous consequences!

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