John Perkins

Child Safety Tips for WAHM’s

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A big project is due, you need to make a phone call, or a client has come to the door; these are all scenarios that mothers who work from home deal with all the time. While your child’s safety is obviously at the top of the priority list, when you work at home, you can never be sure when you’ll be required to deal with those scenarios and your attention might stray for a while.

Usually, nothing will go wrong during these moments, but there are always risks that can easily go unnoticed. Taking precautions to reduce those risks is the best way to ensure that your child is safe in the home, no matter what demands your job is putting on you.

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Unfortunately, accidents happen, but you can be prepared to deal with them. Keep a list of emergency numbers posted to your refrigerator for any babysitters who may be watching the kids while you work, and have the most important ones on your phone’s speed dial so you can react fast in an emergency. Some of the numbers on the list should be your child’s doctor, poison control, family and neighbors who can help you in a hurry.

Take a first aid class where you can learn valuable life saving skills like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Since you will always be the one first on the scene for your child, knowing these valuable skills could mean the difference between life and death.

Stranger Danger

It is never too soon to start teaching your child about strangers and staying safe. Client calls can come any time, even while you are at the park, diverting your attention for a few moments. Talk to your kids about not leaving with other adults and to not answer the door while you are not with them. Teach them to be wary of people talking to them while they are out in the yard.

Not all strangers are going to approach your child face to face. Playing games on a computer, smart device, or gaming console may seem safe, but almost all of these connect to the internet. Disable settings that allow others to compete or talk to your child when you aren’t around.

If you don’t mind your child being online, establish safety rules such as never giving out personal information or sending pictures without a parent’s permission. Since children are naturally trusting, it is good to remind them that not everyone is who they say they are. If your child feels uncomfortable or scared at all about anything someone is saying to them, be sure they know that they can come to you immediately.

Watch for Waterwater dangers

It is no secret that kids love playing in and around water, but thousands of injuries a year happen because of it. Letting them splash around in a kiddie-pool or a bathtub may seem like a great time to get a few extra minutes of work done, but that is the last thing you should be doing. Drowning can happen in only an inch of water and in less time than you think. If you are letting your child play in water, you should always pay close attention so accidents are avoided. If that means putting off your work or project until you can bring the kids back inside, then that’s just the way it is.

Also be sure that there are no buckets of water (or any liquid for that matter) left around the house. This can also include open toilets, full sinks, or pails with clothes soaking in them. Keep all of these things behind closed doors, locking them if your children can open doors. This can be part of your routine before settling down to work – make a quick trip through your house and make sure everything is in its proper place.

Back to Basics

Go back to the first child development or child care class you ever took and think about all the basic safety recommendations you learned. What were the main precautions they kept warning you about?

Medications, cleaning supplies, and chemicals should always be kept up on a high shelf or in a locked cabinet. If babies are in the home, be sure that things are baby-proofed by using outlet covers and keeping small objects out of reach. Walking through your home with the eyes of a toddler can help you notice potential dangers you may not have seen otherwise.

Take the Time

While keeping kids safe may be time consuming at first, once you are in the habit of noticing dangers, you will be able to keep your kids out of harm’s way. Every mom is short on time, but mom’s who are working from home usually have even less. The key to keeping kids safe when you can’t always be by their side is prevention through small, simple changes.

About the Author - John Perkins

John Perkins

John Perkins works as a marketing manager with the American Academy of CPR & First Aid and enjoys writing about topics related to health and wellness. In his free time, he enjoys wake boarding, going to concerts, and cooking with fresh ingredients.

 

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