October is a month about fall and fun. However, amidst all the trick or treating and raking of leaves, there is an important part of October that needs to be considered and remembered. October marks the beginning of Child Safety Month. As a parent, it is important to ensure that kids are well cared for, whether they are in the home, or outside.
It is a wide world out there. Times change at an alarming pace, and sometimes it is hard to handle all these changes in stride. Don’t become overwhelmed! Work at ensuring safety in fields where you are sure of your abilities. This can include safety in the home, or other places where your children are frequently engaged in activity.
Depending on the age of your children, you can be met with specific factors when trying to keep them from harm. Toddlers and little ones who have just learned to crawl see the world from a different vantage point than you. It is important to see the world the way they see it- get down on your hands and knees and look around! Little children see things on the floor as curios, and always want to touch, or eat them. Do not place hot items on the floor, as children run the risk of potentially burning themselves on these items. Childproof electrical outlets with plastic plug-ins that can be found at most dollar stores. Cords from window treatments like blinds and shades are also a hazard for small children, and even pets. You should make sure to keep them at lengths that children can’t reach. Better yet, opt for cordless options that do not come with small parts that children can choke on or become entangled in. Keep your little ones out of harms way when you look at the world from their perspective.
While October is Child Safety month, it is best to ensure that children are always safe! Do your part to be a responsible parent, and keep your children out of harms way! There are numerous ways to ensure your child’s safety, and to teach them about keeping themselves safe as well. By nurturing a strong bond with your children, you can help to teach them responsibility regarding their own safety. So stay alert in order to stay safe!