Don’t Let Your Child Become A Statistic – Accident-Proof Your Home

Toddler playing with household cleaners at homeWe all like to think that when we’re at home we’re in the safest place possible, but statistics just don’t back this up. According to data from Allianz, 33% of all accidents occur in the home, and the home is the second most likely place that someone will suffer an accidental death (after roads).

We all know that accidents happen, but the same study shows that 6 out of every 10 preventable accidents happen in the home, with children most at risk.

Your home is a dangerous playground

Children learn by play − a fact we tend to forget in the home. Every room is a playground that should have a hazard warning. Poisoning, falls from windows, cuts and drowning are all common accidents in the home.

And just when we think we’ve childproofed our home, they go and grow a little taller and grab things that were once safely out of reach. So childproofing your home is a constant challenge that has to be met.

Here are ssome things to do that will make your home as safe as it can be, especially for children who just want to play:

  • Be a constant supervisor – keep an eye on what your child is doing and on the new hazards they begin to encounter as they grow
  • Make sure all cupboards and drawers are protected by childproof locks
  • Keep windows locked, and pools safe with suitable fencing
  • Keep tools locked away, and unplug electrical tools and appliances when not in use
  • Cover all chains and springs with a sheath and ensure that none are more than 5cm long (that way they can’t be wrapped around a baby’s neck)

Some of the easiest things to do are those that are most easily forgotten. Installing smoke alarms, replacing old electrical appliances, and making sure safety guards are across balconies and at the top and bottom of stairs are all common-sense actions of responsible parents.

Finally, always have a first aid kit in a handy place in the home, and pin up useful emergency numbers next to the ‘family portrait’ by your favourite artist – the portrait that is stuck on the fridge door.

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