If you ask the average person where they feel the safest, they’ll probably tell you “at home.” Most of us see our homes as a place to relax with our families after a long day, not as a place of potential danger.

 However, there are a number of common hazards that we and our families face in the comfort of our own homes, especially if we have young children or toddlers. Some of them we plan for and actively avoid, such as house fires. Others we neglect altogether.

 In this article, we’re going to cover ten household hazards for your children that you can avoid by taking a few preemptive measures. Read on for the list.

 1. Dishwashers

It doesn’t seem like it, but your dishwasher can be a fire hazard and a safety concern if you have small children. Faulty wiring in dishwashers has caused a growing number of house fires, so be sure that yours is installed and maintained correctly.

When it comes to small children, dishwashers are low enough so that they can fall when holding onto them if they swing open. Furthermore, if a child does get the dishwasher open they could injure themselves on sharp utensils inside.

2. Windows

Unsurprisingly, injuries from falling down are some of the most common for small children. However, the most serious injuries often occur from windows. Be sure that your windows are locked in place when your children are left alone. You can buy inexpensive slide stops that will stop your windows from opening past a certain amount.

3. Poisons

Keep cleaning supplies, medications, and other dangerous substances in a child-safety locked cabinet or on the top shelf of a closet, never within reach of small children.

Although many of these items come with “childproof” caps, the best method of prevention is keep them in a place that children can’t see or reach them.

4. Garbage cans

Adventurous toddlers or family pets can sometimes make their way into the garbage can. Problems arise when there are sharp or other dangerous objects in the garbage. Avoid this by using a garbage can with a locking lid and throwing sharp items in a sturdy plastic container, not in the regular garbage can.

5. Candles

Most of us enjoy the scent of a nice candle now and then. However, open flames and children and pets never mix well. Alternatives light electric candle burners or plug-in air fresheners are a safer way to keep the house smelling clean.

6. Dangling cords

The cords we use for our electronics aren’t just an eyesore–they can be extremely dangerous for small infants who can get tangled in them. Keep your power cords tied in small hoops. When possible, use Bluetooth enabled items to avoid them altogether.

7. Water hazards

When most people think of water hazards for children the first thing that comes to mind is the swimming pool. However, small children left unattended in bathtubs is equally dangerous. If your child likes to play with the taps on your bathtub, use a childproof doorknob cover for your bathroom door.

8. Space heaters

They’re useful for taking the chill off in the winter time, but a child should never be left in a room with a running space heater. They could knock them over, causing a fire, or burn themselves on the hot surface.

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