Children are inquisitive little so-and-so’s, always on the lookout for something new to peer inside, pull on or climb on top of, and as a result thousands of children are injured accidentally in their homes every single year – but what can you do to protect your children against such accidents?
Read on as we take a look at four simple things that you can implement to ensure your child’s home life is a safe one.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I used to love looking out of windows. Even just basically hanging out of them to get a top down view of the world as if I was a giant or a bird or something.
However, unsupervised this can present an obvious safety risk to your child, and should they be old enough to walk or better yet intelligent enough to get up to the window and open it, you’ll need to have something in place to stop them climbing or falling out of it.
With this in mind, Jackloc provide award-winning window locks that can restrict a window and ensure that it can only be partially opened.
Stair Gates & more
An obvious one, but by no means less essential, stair gates make sure that babies and toddlers can’t descend or ascend staircases.
However you can install gates in other places around the home too. For example, they are ideal for blocking access to outside doors to ensure you are able to open them up without the fear your child will wander out of them and into the garden or the road.
Drawer & Cupboard Locks
It is best practice when you have a young child to keep anything that could cause them harm – cleaning chemicals, knives, etc – high up out of their reach, but it also pays to fit locks onto low down drawers and cupboards regardless of what’s inside them.
Not only does this avoid you ending up with broken crockery all over the floor, but it also ensures that your child can’t hurt themselves on anything that you may have falsely perceived as safe.
Beware of Tipping Furniture
One of the main dangers to children in the home is large furniture that has the potential to tip over and fall on top of them. Television sets (if they’re not mounted on a wall) are one of the biggest risks, so make sure that it is pushed well back from the edge of the furniture it is sitting on to keep it out of the reach of your child.
Furniture such as book cases or narrow tables can also pose a risk, so try and safeguard against them being pulled over if you can, otherwise make sure there is nothing stored on them that could injure a child below.
Of course it is important to remember that you shouldn’t agonise over every single thing in your home – children are always going to hurt themselves at one time or another – so avoid literally wrapping your child in cotton-wool or bubble-wrap or whatever soft packaging material you might have to hand.
This guest blog was written by John Rooney in partnership with Jackloc, providers of award-winning window restrictors and door locks.