In a public service announcement created by TIDE, it offers an effective way to test parents’ ability to determine the safety threats around the house that could harm their child.
The video shows a toddler playing on the in middle of the living room floor. It then asks the viewer to spot as much safety hazard as they could.
In total, there are 11 items, including uncovered power outlets, blind cord, sharp edges, handbag contents, and laundry pacs.
The most alarming aspect of the video is how common these items are.
According to Christine Erskine from Kidsafe, her number one tip for parents looking to keep their children safe is to manage your environment.
“Make sure it’s good for the age and stage of your child, so that when you turn your head, which you will do once, even if it’s just for a few seconds, they’re as safe as possible.
“The under fives are the biggest demographic at risk,” she says. “But it’s all about mitigating that risk.”
Babies who can walk attract even more danger, Christine added.
“Blind cords are one of the biggest health hazards. Every year one to two Australian children die from being strangled by blind or curtain cords. Coffee tables with things on them, TVs and toppling furniture are all potentially unsafe.”
Babyproofing you home
In a Daily Mail article, they offered three simple ways on how you can babyproof your house.
Go to your local hardware store
“It’s so important cleaning products are in cupboards with locks to prevent accidents. You can also buy a baby gate at the same time to make your stairs safe.”
Get down to their level
“One of the easiest, but most important things to do is to get down to your child’s level and look at the world from their viewpoint. That way you can see things like power sockets unattended and things on the floor. Manage the environment when your child is little and you will minimize the accidents later on.”
Think of everything
“Obviously, the hazards change over time, says Ms Erskine, but you need to think of everything if you have a child around.”
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