As any parent will know there are more than enough potential dangers in the world without the added fear of injury in the home. Yet the frightening reality is that every year far more children are hurt and killed in home accidents than by any other external cause.
The family household should be a place of safety and comfort, yet there are countless potential risks for children of all ages. Here’s a look at some of the common threats that the average family home presents and the easy methods available to childproof your home against them.
The first step to childproofing your home is to consider what you want to prevent your kids from accessing. Common locked areas include doors, balconies, windows and cupboards. Also bear in mind threats like poisons, toxins, cleaning products, medicines, vitamins, and knives. Keep an eye out for any tiny objects that a baby might choke on, like coins, marbles, beads, paper clips and other small objects.
The kitchen and the laundry present a huge range of hazards, particularly the hob and the iron. Supervision is key with young children so set clear rules about what areas of the house they are allowed to access when you’re not around. When using an iron, opt for a good quality brand like Russell Hobbs Irons that are easy to store away and handle. This way you’ll make a point of safely storing the iron instead of leaving it out within reach of the kids.
Gates are also excellent for preventing kids from entering the hazardous rooms, particularly once they’ve start crawling and walking.
Protect your outlets
Children are naturally curious and this certainly extends to shoving objects in less than desirable places. Always protect your power sockets with protective cases to prevent them from putting cutlery or toys inside here.
Secure blinds and curtains
Windows and blinds are particularly hazardous, as they can become wrapped around a baby’s neck and lead to strangulation. Always opt for cordless window coverings and keep your child’s crib away from the window.
Keep an eye on furniture
It’s important to firmly secure all furniture and make sure it won’t tip over. Babies often use furniture to lever themselves as they learn to walk and it’s not uncommon for shelves and bookcases to tip over and crush them. Be sure to cover any sharp edges, as it’ll save you from countless bruises in the future.
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