For all parents, the safety of their children is their top priority. But every parent deserves to relax in their own home. To feel safe in the knowledge little ones can wonder around and play without harming themselves, parents have to take key steps to minimise the common dangers. To help child-proof your home, we’ve identified five potential dangers and given you some advice on how to tackle them. Check them out:
- Heavy furniture
The living room is home to the most risks, largely due to furnishings and furniture, according to Vouchercloud. Their complete childproofing guide suggests viewing each piece of furniture with suspicion, as eventually your child will see the bookcase as a disguised ladder. One day, the television will even be within reach.
All furniture that could fall over should be secured with straps and brackets – but always check the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Spending time in the great outdoors is great for children. But they’re curious and one of the ways they check things out is by putting them in their mouths. Therefore, you’ve got to find out if your garden contains any potentially toxic plants. Luckily, severe poisoning, skin reaction or allergy is rare – but do check out the potentially harmful garden plants pointed out by the Royal Horticultural Society.
- The dishwasher
Most of the risks in the kitchen are well-known. But it’s easy to miss things. The dishwasher is one of the most surprising safety hazards, because children can easily access sharp utensils and strong detergents. Make it best practice in your house to put all cutlery sharp side down, don’t put the capsules in the machine until you’re ready to set it off, and keep it closed and latched at all times.
People will inevitably give you some second-hand toys and baby equipment. But, without meaning to, they could have handed you a risky item. When was the last time they used it? It could easily have broken or missing parts, or might not meet current safety regulations. Make sure you inspect second-hand items for damages or missing parts. If you’re in any doubt, just politely decline the offer.
Again, no-one means to bring dangers into your home. But if they’re not used to being around young children, they might have forgotten what safety precautions you have to take. This article uses the example that whilst you may keep your medications and razor locked in a bathroom cabinet, your guest probably just has a toiletry bag to hold their belongings. Always offer guests a secure place to store potentially risky items.
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