Most accidents occur at home and many of them are preventable, so it is important that your home is as safe as possible. Bedroom safety tips can prevent avoidable accidents and injuries. Some ideas you may have thought of, some might be on your to do list, and some you may not have thought of. Plan to be safe.
Make sure lighting is near the bed to avoid tripping in the middle of the night-Lamps or switches located close to each bed will enable people getting up at night to see where they are going. Rearrange furniture closer to switches or move lamps closer to beds. Install night lights.
Keep a flashlight in everybedroom – keep it in the same location in every bedroom such as on the bureau or on the night table so that in case of emergency everyone knows where to find his/her flashlight.
Use Flameless candles – they look very beautiful when lit and give the dramatic effect that candles give, but there is no risk of starting a fire.
Use electric blankets according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t allow anything on top of the blanket while it is in use. (This includes other blankets or comforters, even pets sleeping on top of the blanket.) Don’t set electric blankets so high that they could burn someone who falls asleep while they are on. In case of an emergency, it is important to be able to reach the telephone without getting out of bed.
Sounds silly to say this, but, Do not smoke in bed. Smoking in bed is a major cause of accidental fire deaths in homes.
Locate heaters or other fire sources three feet from the bed to prevent the bed from catching on fire.
Turn space heaters off before going to bed.
Bedroom Safety for Small Children
These are safety precautions that you, as parents should take when purchasing and setting up your child’s bed.
- Toddler Beds: When it comes to toddler beds you need to make sure and install bed rails onto the sides of the bed. Bed rails will help to ensure that your child doesn’t roll out of bed in the night. Tossing and turning is just part of a normal sleep cycle, bed rails add that extra bit of security. While most toddler beds include rails, they can be purchased separately.
- www.KidsPriorityOne.org recommends that you place a bed a minimum of 2 feet from windows, heating vents, radiators, wall lamps, drapery or window-blind cords.
- Bunk Beds: and loft beds are a lot of fun for young children but there are safety precautions that you absolutely need to take. KidsPriorityZone.org recommends that you never allow any child under the age of 6 to sleep on the top bunk. Even if your bunk bed is placed up against a wall, it’s important for the top bunk to have rails on both sides as well as at both ends. On the bottom bunk, just a rail against the wall is necessary. Check to see if the rails extend at least 5 inches above the mattress, as this is ideal. The mattress needs to fit firmly in the bed frame. To ensure a proper fit, buy the mattress at the same time that you purchase the bunk bed, or at least take precise measurements. Any sort of gap between the bed frame and the mattress could cause suffocation.
- Mattresses and Bedding: Most toddler beds are designed for a standard crib mattress, while most bunk beds use twin-sized mattresses. Whatever kind of kids’ bed you have, you need to measure your space to ensure the best possible fit. Organic mattresses are a good option, as they are made from natural, non-toxic materials – however these mattresses tend to be a bit on the pricey side. At the very least, purchasing an organic mattress protector is a good idea. Organic kids’ bedding is a great idea, considering how close the bedding will be to your child’s face – however this too can be a bit more expensive. purchase bedding that’s machine washable and made out of 100% cotton or other natural fibers – this will be your safest bet and the most comfortable! It’s a good idea to avoid electric blankets for any young child.
- Breathing Deeply – Painting Your Childs Room: When painting your child’s bedroom, it’s important to consider the kind of paint that you are using. Paints, stains and varnishes all release low level toxic emissions into the room- emissions that are continually released well after the paint has dried! These Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are in most paints today however new low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes are now available which make breathing much safer. These paints are durable, cost-effective and available in the same fun colors that standard paints come in. Many of these new Low and zero-VOC paints are water-based, for easy cleanup and they feature little or no hazardous fumes. Low odor during both application and once the paint has dried. Read the labels of the paints you are considering, as low and zero-VOC paints should be clearly marked.
Exercise Common Sense. Baby proofing shouldn’t stop when children grow into toddlers.
Keeping in all of those outlet protectors is definitely a good idea. Curious fingers still like to explore and you don’t want to risk your child injuring him or herself.
Never using the trashcan to discard any potentially harmful items like rubber bands, latex balloons or anything sharp. It’s also a good idea to cover the wastebasket in the bedroom.
Medications should not be kept in the child’s room, nor should any cleaning supplies. Basically – anything that’s potentially harmful to your child – you want out of their reach. This is where exercising common sense comes into play.