Did you know that more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else? With Christmas nearly upon us everyone is even busier than usual. Our houses are filled with Christmas decorations and presents. This makes it very easy to overlook potential hazards that will keep children safe at home.
Obvious dangers which can be overlooked
Whether it is the fairy lights on the Christmas tree or plastic bags that you are keeping Christmas presents for family in, there are many extra hidden dangers we need to be aware of.
Being vigilant of these dangers and ensuring young children are not left unsupervised is also of vital importance. Often it is the things we don’t immediately think will cause problems that do.
Help keep children safe at home
1. Keep corridors and stairs clear of objects. It is easy to trip, if you or the children are in a rush.
2. Fit safety gates on stairs. If possible get gates which comply with British Safety standards.
3. Board up gaps that a small child or baby can fall through or get stuck in.
4. Secure appliances to the wall that can be pulled over.
5. Do not leave chairs or anything a child can climb on near windows.
6. Fit restrictors, of about 10cm, on windows which open wide.
7. Keep small objects, plastic bags, matches, lighters, chords and wires out of the reach.
8. Only let a child play with a toy that is suitable for their age group.
9. Fit safety or shatterproof glass at low levels.
10.Do not let toddlers walk around with glass or any other sharp objects.
11. Ensure fire alarms are fitted on all floors and tested regularly.
For more safety tips to keep your children safe at home visit How to avoid accidents in the home