Home safety for children
safety; home; ;
Young children often are injured at home. Houses are designed for adults and when young children start to explore their homes they will find many places and things that could lead to harm. They need to explore their world, but they are far too young to understand what might be dangerous and they are too young to learn how to keep themselves safe.
Even if you tell them not to do something they are too young to remember or to be able to stop themself from exploring and trying things. Their world needs to be designed to keep them safe. There are lots of things you can do to make homes safer for children. (And don't forget other homes that they visit - such as their grandparent's home.)
The Raising Children Network https://raisingchildren.net.au/ has many articles on home safety including topics with pictures such as
The Child Accident Prevention Foundation (Kidsafe SA) has a checklist to help you look at your home and make it safer for children. Their checklist is a general guide for you to walk from room to room and the outside areas and ask yourself questions about how you might make your home safer. They ask you to look at your home from the eye level of your child - 'You will amazed at how different it looks from their level and their perspective'.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.