One thing many adults fail to notice are the hazards that, while not presenting any risk to them, are potential danger spots for little ones. Often, you need to literally get down to the level that your children are at. Look around properly and see what could raise potential concerns in terms of general accidents, bumps, scrapes cuts and bruises.
Walk through the home with us now…and think about the obvious dangers and some of the harder-to-spot signs.
The most obvious hazards are both parts of your cooker – the oven. Also think about items that might be left out on work surfaces such as knives, glassware or other breakable or sharp objects.
Good common sense and sensible parenting should mean never leaving babies and young children unsupervised in the bathroom. There are far too many risks associated with running water, hot and cold. If you have to leave the bathroom, make sure there is someone else to supervise the children.
Your child will be spending a lot of their leisure and (hopefully) sleep time in either one of these rooms. This means there is the potential for extra hazards
The living room or lounge is another area where there is much leisure time and relaxing. Make sure this room is safe and sound by taking the following precautions:
The hallway is a room seen as the conduit to other rooms in the house. It’s therefore a good idea to put door stops on any doors leading to and from here. They can also stop fingers from becoming trapped and injured.
This seems like a lot to take in, and you might even be feeling a little scared. That’s perfectly normal and it’s important to remember that most children will suffer from scrapes and bumps at some stage. Accidents will happen from time to time and if they do, try not to panic or worry too much or show your child that you are scared.
Utilizing and understanding these tips will not only make your home safer for your little ones but will give a greater peace of mind to parents too.