Keeping your children safe at homeAccording to NHS statistics about 2 million children under the age of 18 are taken to A&E as a result of an accident in and around the home, with over half that number being under 5 years old. So it is definitely worthwhile reviewing your home, and any house you are viewing, for potential hazards so you can keep your little ones safe and sound. Fire spreads quickly so it’s a good idea to have fire alarms which meet the current regulations, one or more carbon monoxide detectors, a working fire extinguisher and one or more fire blankets. Test your alarms regularly to ensure they are in top working order. It is worthwhile having a comprehensive first aid kit handy. Safety in the Kitchen Most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen and the trend for open plan living means easy access to all the appliances and utensils. Fortunately most new ovens have cool touch doors and many fridges have lockable doors. Children are naturally curious and want to join in and the kitchen is one of the areas in the home with the most hazards and where adults are busy so cannot always see what’s going on. Here are a few tips for safety in the kitchen:
- Keep all knives and sharp utensils in a lockable drawer
- Place glass objects in a high cupboard
- Turn pan handles towards the back of the hob when cooking
- Keep stools and chairs away from the cooking and food preparation areas
- Medicines, hazardous cleaning products, matches and lighters should be out of reach, preferably in a locked cupboard
- Consider a cover for your cooker knobs and for your dishwasher if it opens easily.
- Childproof latches on base units will also stop little ones from accessing the contents
- Move small fridge magnets up and out of reach from toddlers.