Parents have the primary responsibility of looking after their children’s welfare. It does not end in clothing, feeding, and sending them to school. Parents must also ensure their safety at all times.
While juggling jobs and parenthood, it is impossible to be present on their children’s everyday life at all times. There are, however, measures they can take to make sure children are safe even when they are out of sight.
This means effort and hard work on the parents’ part. Simple things like sanitizing their home and childproofing every room can go a long way. The most often used part of the house when one has young children is the playroom. So how do parents keep it safe and secure?
Cushion the Walls and Floors
Children have high level of energy, and they usually expend it by running and horsing around. Instead of making them stay put, which is harder than one can imagine, try installing soft mats on the walls and carpets on the floor.
There are square mats one can glue on the wall, some with animal faces and others feature each letter of the alphabet. A carpet can also soften the blow when children accidentally fall on the floor.
Make the Electrical Outlets and Wiring Secure
Do not install outlets within reach of children. They do not know better than to touch things they are not supposed to. If the outlet is installed on the lower part of the walls, then putting a heavy desk or a storage cabinet for their toys can solve the problem. By keeping electrical outlets out of kids’ reach, parents are preventing a misfortune. Contact an electrician too to check the room for any faulty wiring.
Closing the Possible Entryways
One can never be too complacent when talking about children’s safety. If there are windows in the room, it is mandatory to keep them closed when parents are not there at all times. Children may find it a good idea to climb out the window, or strangers may try to force their way in. Putting steel bars on the door can also stop children from going out without supervision, especially if the playroom is situated on the second floor of the house.
Sanitizing Every Surface of the Room
Children can touch anything they see. It is always a good measure to ensure that every surface of the playroom is clean—from the floor they crawl and wrestle in to the minitoilet they visit from time to time throughout the day. The latter needs extra attention as germs can thrive in the sink, toilet, and the visible areas of the toilet, the tank, and the macerator pump.
Kids must also be taught how to clean up after themselves so that they can be relied upon if they use the toilet and to wash their hands every time after using the toilet.
Putting Only Necessary and Unbreakable Objects
It is best to avoid putting jars or any glass fixtures in the playroom. Children may accidentally bump on them and make them break into pieces. These materials can wound and cause other kinds of physical injuries.
If you have installed an up-flush type of toilet in your playroom, tell your kids to ask for your help or that of any adult in operating it. Never leave them to do things on their own if they don’t quite understand how to operate certain fixtures or equipment.
Training Children to Be Responsible
Raising a child involves disciplining and teaching them the value of responsibility. It is helpful if children are taught to put things back into their proper place. By keeping the floors clutter-free, minor accidents can be avoided.
Since children will surely spend a lot of their time in the playroom, it is not only mandatory for parents to make it a habitable, comfortable, and fun area, but it is also their duty to ensure it is safe and secure.