Safety begins at home

Jun 22 • Featured, Uncategorized • 979 Views • 4 Comments on Safety begins at home

Someone once told me that when your child starts exploring, you need eyes in the back of your head to make sure they're safe. They weren't kidding. Suddenly your home seems to be full of potential hazards. In fact, according to child safety specialists childalert, every year one million children under the age of 14 are taken to A&E after suffering accidents in the home.

'You have to be vigilant,' says Dr Maggie Redshaw from Pampers Parenting Village ( 'Make sure your home is child proof, keep medicines out of reach, and fit cupboard locks and catches on all doors – particularly under the sink, which can contain harmful chemicals.'

Sound advice. You should also keep kettles, hot drinks and saucepans out of reach, check all electrical sockets (one plug per socket is best), cover up garden ponds, invest in fireguards, socket covers and stair gates, make sure you use the latch on the front door, and secure all heavy furniture (including wardrobes and chests of drawers) to the wall. And it's not just younger children who are at risk – make sure older kids know the dangers (like never sticking a knife in a toaster), too.

As it's Child Safety Week , it's another good reason to look around your home, assess the risks and make a list of any improvements needed. It should only take an hour – but it will be worth every minute.

written by Liz Jarvis


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4 Responses to Safety begins at home

  1. sam says:

    I have to admit I’ve been really lucky with my kids. Max is nearly five now and and tells me off if I leave a knife out on the kitchen surface! Of course we invested in the stairgate and even socket covers to keep little fingers out, but one thing I’ve been meaning to do is get a lock for my cupboard under the sink. My my 20-month-old hasn’t yet indulged but you never know what’s around the corner…

  2. Jacqui Paterson says:

    My 10-month old is crawling everywhere now, and her favourite game is to go into every cupboard she can reach, pull everything out, and try to eat it. We’re in the process now of babyproofing – but every time I secure one thing, I find another potential hazard. My daughter loves following me into the kitchen while I’m cooking dinner, so I’ve just fitted a guard that goes over the oven door in case she brushes up against it. Now she’s pulling herself up the next job is to secure all our bookcases and cabinets to the walls. It’s neverending!

  3. Anastasia says:

    My little boy is two and a half and he’s known the word ‘hot’ from a very young age so when he’s playing in the kitchen while I’m cooking he stays clear. I’ve started getting him involved with preparing meals so I can, for example, explain and show why knives can be dangerous. I do have a lock on the cupboard door that contains the detergents and cleaning stuff, and socket covers, but that’s about it – I don’t think children learn to be safe by taking away every possible risk. It’s about showing them – repeatedly – how to do things carefully and safely (from climbing the stairs confidently to opening and closing drawers with catching their fingers) and then letting them get on with it – of course keeping a distant watchful eye!

  4. sharon says:

    I saw this week the reports about many children being burnt by straightening irons – noone seemed to mention that this may be that many teenagers use these (unlike irons, which remain mum’s only!?!) My niece burned the sofa with mine and was oblivious to the danger – It would be interesting to see how many of these poor injured children were burned by siblings leaving straighteners on? It’s so hard to get the balance with things like this as the oven is a large and obvious danger


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