Avoiding Accidents, Shocks and Fires


From overly hot faucets to overturning coffee cups, burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns (especially those produced by water and hot liquids) are some of the most frequent accidents that occur in childhood.

Babies and young children are particularly susceptible: they are curious, small and have sensitive skin that requires extra protection. Listed below are some important ways to protect children from burns, as well as from electric shocks and household fires , at home. Develop a fire escape plan with two exits from the house, plus a designated meeting place once outside.

Practice the fire escape plan regularly. Have an emergency staircase on the upper floors of your home in the event of a fire. Leave the ladder in or near the room of an adult or older child who is able to use it. Be sure to have a smoke alarm on all levels and in all rooms in your home.

Test fire alarms every month and remember to change batteries twice a year. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it. All outlets.

Dispose of appliances and appliances with old or worn wires, and any extension cords that appear to be damaged. Remove excess cord from lamps or other electrical appliances with a lashing tape to prevent injury from chewing. You can also purchase a specially designed stand or reel to hide the extra cable. Place the TV and music equipment against the wall so that small hands can not access the back surfaces or cables.

Make sure all cables Of Christmas lighting, such as party tree lights, are properly insulated (for example, check that the wiring is not exposed or broken). Examine firewood homes and stoves. Radiators and electric radiating sockets may also have to be examined.