Your home should be a safe place for your children and you shouldn’t have to stress about them being in potential danger. However, there are still more than 3 million children who get hurt in the home each year, statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide. With young children spending around 90% of their time inside, it is important that you maintain a healthy and safe environment for them. Below are a few simple ways that you can achieve this:
Prevent Your Child From Scalding
When people think about children being around water, their immediate thought is about the danger of drowning. However, many people don’t realise that there are other threats such as being scalded by the water temperature being too hot. With hot water being able to burn the skin in a similar way to fire. If a baby or toddler comes into contact with water which is 60 degrees can suffer a harsh scald in less than five seconds! The best thing to do at bath time to prevent this, is to ensure that your hot water is around 40 degrees. Ensuring that you test the water before placing your child into the bath.
Careful Of Those Windows
Windows can be a dangerous hazard for your child, not just for the potential of them falling out of an open window but, also things such as blind cords which can cause strangulation if they are not tied away correctly or removed altogether. Adding in things such as window stops will help to prevent your child from being able to the window further than a few inches. In terms of blind cords, you can either use a safe ‘P’ style clip cord lock, which will allow you to wrap your cord away so that it’s out of reach. Of course, you could consider using perfect fit blinds, which remove the need for a cord or control rod completely, helping to remove any potential hazards.
Reduce The Risk Of Falls
One of the main things to prevent is the potential danger of falling. With a large number of injuries to those that are aged 14 and under being from falls in the home. Whether that be falling down the stairs, off furniture. When your baby starts to become mobile the number of hazards increases dramatically. You should consider installing wall-mounted baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs. Adding some kind of padding to the corners of sharp edged furniture, as well as blocking your fireplace to prevent your child from hurting themselves if they were to fall over into them.
Disclaimer: This post is a pre-written guest post published on behalf of the team at Blinds By Post.