Wonder Girl loves playing doctor, she gives us all regular check ups. I’m happy that she’s the only doctor we all see regularly and that luckily (touches wood) household accidents aren’t something we’ve had to deal with. It’s child safety week next week, running from the 23-29th of June. So Betta Living are running a campaign to promote child safety awareness in the home. In association with them I bring you five parent’s home safety tips.
1. Keep poisonous substances out of children’s reach. Medicines, household cleaning liquids, anything which if ingested or touched could cause harm to a child. I would also recommend using child safety catches on the cupboard you keep them in for extra security.
2. Take care of your stairs. Don’t leave anything that can be tripped over. Stairs should be well lit and well maintained. Remove and repair damaged carpet.
3. Bath time. Run cold water before hot when running a bath. Check the temperature with your elbow before putting your child in, it should feel warm not hot. Never leave a baby or young child unsupervised, even for a second, in a bath.
4. Fire. Install smoke detectors on every level of your house. Make sure your children are familiar with the sound of the alarm. Have a fire plan and discuss it with the children, so they know what to do.
5. Teach your children to call 999, and make sure they know their address so they can tell them where to come. That way if you get into trouble they will know what to do.
Those where five parent’s home safety tips. For more information about child safety week, including an info graphic, hazard awareness test and a range of blog posts visit Betta Living’s blog here.
Excellent list. I lost a cousin because the old lady who lived in the floor upstairs left her medication within child’s reach. When I think back to it now I get really angry that a little girl of only 5 or 6 died because someone was so stupid. It also doesn’t help that for some insane reason, a lot of pills and tablets are made to look like sweets. *growl*.
Regarding your 4th point about smoke detectors on every level of the house…the fire brigade (in Holland) advises that smoke detectors are even put in each bedroom because if there is smoke it can’t always pass into/out of individual rooms as the door doesn’t reach the ceiling.
Thanks for sharing that information Paul, it sounds like a good idea to put smoke detectors in every room if this is their advice.