By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 17, 2013
Messy rooms drive parents crazy around the world; it must be some kind of test to make sure kids got the right parents at the hospital. Whatever the reason, it is our job to make sure it is safe. You heard me right, I said safe, not neat, clean and sanitary.
Safety has always been an issue for me; with my father being seriously burned in a fire, I looked for fire hazards that could pop up at any time. Our kids tend to overload electrical outlets and cover heating vents with clothes or toys. Talking with your children early and often will keep them aware not to overload outlets with the chargers, games, computers, televisions, calculators, radios, etc. It is better to plug and unplug rather than overheat and perhaps cause a fire.
Older homes are often not equipped with sufficient electrical outlets and the antiquated wiring may need to be replaced to meet demand. Surge protectors in a home are meant to prevent or reduce power surges in the lines but many people are using them to create additional outlets or extensions to power sources. Surge protectors also need to be replaced on average every five years if not sooner due to wear and tear. If the red light doesn’t glow then it needs to go! Gee whiz, it even makes me nervous thinking about it!
Another problem we were concerned with was clutter on the floor. My husband went into Chelsey’s room one night to check for open windows during a rainstorm and halfway across her room injured his toe. In a week or so the pain went away but it was a needless injury that could have been prevented. Express to children the need to keep floors clear of toys, books, crayons, balls, Legos®, papers or anything that could injure feet or cause a fall. Papers are as slippery as wet leaves on roadways!
Turning on a light could have prevented an injury but it is common for parents to leave lights off to avoid waking children who may have school the next day. Children should be advised to turn the light on if there is one by their bed before getting up in the dark. A night light is handy if you have outlet space where the light would be visible.
There are other possible causes parents may not be aware of: smoking, candles, incense burners, space heaters, etc. Older electrical items may need to be rewired as well for little money to be made safer or simply replaced. Regular spot-checks could turn up unknown risks and prevent fires.
My children used to think I was a witch when they were young saying I could see into the future and knew what was going to happen. In truth I am no different than any other parent who wants to keep their children safe. Just call me your friendly, neighborhood worry wart!
Do you have any suggestions you would like to add concerning safety in children’s rooms? Tell me your experience.
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