Your home is a haven and there is no other place that you would have your child being protected from harm, however, more than 3 million children get hurt at home each year according to Safe Kids Worldwide. It’s also unsurprising that for many families that when they move home and they have young children, how much needs to be done to help protect them in their new environment.
Some hazards are easy to spot, whilst others, they can take a little more time. Online estate agent, Jet Homes has first hand experience of seeing many families move and have seen where parents can be best advised to ensure that a home is protected from the get go for a child’s new environment. Here are just a few things that can be done to ensure your child is protected whether you’re in your current home or moving to a new one.
Watch out for windows
The statistics on children falling out of windows every year is quite terrifying, so we need to be extra vigilant around these very areas. Window guards or window stops are perfect solutions to keep children behind the windows and stops them from climbing out and causing a massive danger to themselves.
When it comes to smaller children, a lot of windows will have strings/ropes/beads that are used to close curtains and blinds. It is essential to tie these up and keep any crib or play area away from these extra dangers as a baby or toddler can easily get caught up in them.
Take care of the stairs
It’s become a little bit of a joke with the amount of barriers that we place on stairs for children, but they are completely essential in ensuring that your child is completely protected.
One of the biggest age ranges to be affected by this particular problem are toddlers. They are still trying to get a sense of balance and climbing stairs can be very tricky for them. That doesn’t mean they don’t do anything until they are older, in fact, by walking with them and getting them used to the movement can be hugely beneficial.
Protect your stairs by placing a guard at the top and one at the bottom, this way no wondering toddler or child can hurt themselves by going up or down the stairs.
Install smoke alarms
This is more than a child safety concern, but smoke alarms are essential for any age and any home. Kids aged 5 and under are twice as likely to be seriously hurt if not worse from fires because it is harder for them to escape on their own.
Ensure that you have a smoke alarm on every floor, including any basement that may be used and loft as this will give you the best chance to be notified. Test your alarms every month and do a complete battery swap every two months. Also, use a vacuum cleaner to take away any dust from sensors which will help the alarm pick up smoke dangers sooner.
Lock up poisonous products
Yes, household cleaners and garden maintenance oils and liquids are dangerous if not stored in the correct environment for your children. You want these well away from your children and locked away so they can’t cause any harm to themselves or even yourself. Slips are more common that you may know, and soapy liquids are the number one household injury report for A&E in the UK.
Use cupboard locks and child safe locks in your kitchen and bathroom for household products. For your garden maintenance products, keep these locked away from your house in a safe store area in your garage or shed.
Get rid of bugs safely
The typical household bugs and pests which can cause havoc such as mice, cockroaches, ants, and other pests are annoying, but they’re usually not nearly as big a health threat as the toxins that get rid of them.
Pesticides can contaminate the air your child breathes and the chemicals which are then on the floor that they walk on can be highly dangerous causing massive health problems from neurological to central nervous system.
If you have pests, use pesticides, buy the smallest amount needed, and choose gels or baits instead of sprays.
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