Updated: Apr 10
Understanding potential dangers around the house is the best way to make sure that the little over curious people are safe when they wander about.
Making good judgement is definitely not something little kids are good at, most of the time they go looking for trouble. Knowing what to do when faced with objects that could cause harm to your kids will go a long way when it comes to ensuring that they are as safe as possible. With all that said, we have a list of 5 Household Objects that you need to keep away from curious kids.
1. Metal Keys
Keys are made of brass or nickel-plated brass, most the times they get stuck into dirty and greasy areas, so with all that said, I bet you’ll agree when we say they don’t belong in your child’s mouth, plus the sharp edges are dangerous for those little eyes.
2. Storage Containers
To open it, all they have to do is throw it on the ground and whatever that spills out of the container is probably going to be eaten or smeared all over the place. NEVER put cleaning products in soda cans or containers that were once used for food, and NEVER put roach powder or rat poison on the floors of your home, keep any cleaning supplies, including dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquids under the sink.
3. Your Cosmetics
They’re colourful, shiny and dangerous. Your kids will definitely be interested in your make-up kit, although playing make up may be fun and cute, some cosmetics products may be harmful for your baby’s sensitive skin and makeup brushes can carry bacteria.
4. Balloons And Plastic Bags
Whether they’re inflated or deflated, balloons pose a big choking risk for kids. Plastic bags on the other hand are big safety hazard for kids of various ages. Babies can choke on them, and toddlers and older kids are at a stage where they are putting their heads into anything, and this can suffocate them.
5. Cotton Ear Buds
They’ve seen you use them to clean their ears and your own, the problem is at that age they haven’t mastered the technique of doing it correctly and safely. Your tot will try to see how deep it can go and ear buds are also a choking hazard.
If you’re expecting a baby or already have a child, you should do or have the following:
Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the abdominal thrust procedure.
Keep the following numbers near the phone:
Parents work and cell phone number.
Neighbour’ or nearby relatives number in case you need someone to watch over the other kids in an emergency.
Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside.
By Thina Mthembu.