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Home Safety Hazards for Your Learning Disabled Child

Making Your Home Safer for a Child with Learning Disabilities

By Norma Brown

Making your home safe for every child is important, and it is especially important if your child has learning disabilities. Children with developmental delays, language development problems, attention deficit disorders, and mental disabilities require special consideration when child-proofing your home. Like all young children, those with disabilities lack many of the physical abilities and critical thinking skills necessary to keep themselves out of danger, and they may also be slow to understand parental direction. Further, they may have difficulty remembering what parents have told them is off limits and may need repeated redirection over time to be safe in the home. However, in children with disabilities, these characteristics may be more pronounced and may exist over a longer period of time.

If you have a newborn, naturally, you have to make a few adjustments in the house. When the baby begins to move about as in crawling and creeping, and grows up into a toddler, that's when you have to make more of an effort to make your home safer for your baby. You can hire a professional childproofer or you can make the changes yourself. Millions of children under age 5 are treated in the emergency room yearly for home-related injuries. To avoid that, here are a few tips to make your home safer for your child.

Windows

Install window guards in the rooms where your child frequently stays. Make sure that all windows are covered even the ones that are out of your child's reach because he can easily push a chair and climb up.

Doors

Keep bathroom and kitchen doors locked. Keep supply closets locked too. A number of commercially available products such as door locks, locking bins, and outlet covers are available to help.

Toilets and Swimming Pools

Toilets should have lid latches. Swimming pools should have safety fences around them. Don't forget to lock the doors and gates that lead to the swimming pool.

Stairs

Gates should be installed at the top and bottom of the stairs. The gates should be mounted with screws into railings or wall studs.

Furniture

Have furniture and huge televisions secured to the wall. Even heavy furniture can be unstable. If you are using tethering devices, make sure that they can handle the weight of the furniture.

Cabinets and drawers

Cabinets and drawers that contain knives, medicines, cleaners, glass, plastic bags, batteries, magnets and other hazardous things must have latches. It would be better if you put these materials in a place where kids can't reach them and also secure that place

Child's bedroom and playroom

Take the same safety precautions in your child's room as in the rest of the house. Secure furniture and windows. Remove any appliances that have cords. Window cords are also hazardous. If you have baby monitors, move them away from the crib. Remember that a cord 7 inches long can strangle a child.

Electrical outlets

Choose outlet covers that cannot be easily pulled out by your child. Aside from poking their fingers inside the outlets, they can also choke on the outlet cover itself.

Alarms

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house. Remember to test and change the batteries regularly and have the units replaced every 10 years.

Jewelry and other baubles

Keep your earrings, pearls and other jewelry safely hidden and away from reach. Don't give your kids jewelry to wear as they might put it in their mouths and choke.

Toys

You might think that your child's toys are harmless but if left scattered around the house, your child can trip on them and get bumps and bruises. Be sure to keep toys inside their boxes after your child plays with them. Teach your child to tidy up after himself.

If you have a child at home, better keep an eye out for childproof or child-safe furniture, appliances and other baby-friendly things when shopping.

This article was written by Norma Brown, who enjoys writing about children's safety and works with thekidswindow.co.uk, your source for safe kids bed.

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