Dangers Could Be Lurking in Your Home Office

This is part of a series about making your home child-safe room by room, inside and out. Make sure you’re subscribed to get tips for every room.

Your home office might be set up for you, but it’s a good idea to make sure every area in your home is child-friendly. While older children might be more apt to use your computer, there are plenty of other items that could cause concern.

  • Secure large items such as bookshelves to the wall with furniture safety brackets to prevent tip overs.
  • Keep paper shredders unplugged and out of the way of children. Their hair or clothes can become entrapped.
  • Do not overload outlets or use extension cords! Use an appropriate circuit breaker that will shut off the current if an overload occurs. Overloaded outlets are a major cause of house fires.
  • Talk with your kids about internet safety including online predators and cyber bullying. Monitor them closely when they are online and be on high alert for at risk signs such as spending a lot of time online at night. See more from the FBI’s guide here.
  • Set parental controls on computers not in family areas of your home.

Check out tips on other rooms here and here.

Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System

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