Safety at Home

Safety is an important issue as toddlers are curious and very mobile, but still too young to understand danger. Here are top tips for keeping your home safe when you have toddlers in the home

Falls:

Keep the stairs clear and use safety gates at the top and the bottom of the stairs once your baby is on the move.
Fit upstairs windows with restrictors which lets fresh air in, but not children out.

Burns and Scalds:

Keep hair straighteners, curling tongs and hair straighteners out of reach – they can still be hot enough to burn even when they’re cooling down.

Check that your hot water is set to 50 degrees or less.
Always use a fireguard around open fires and secure it to the wall. Watch children around
hot radiators.

Never hold a child and a hot drink at the same time. Keep hot drinks away from the edge
of tables and worktops and out of reach of little hands.

When running a bath, always turn the cold water on first, mix the water well and check the temperature with your elbow before letting your child get in.

Keep small children out of the kitchen unless supervised. Make sure kettles are at the back of the worktop and turn pan handles away from the front of the cooker.

Choking and Strangulation:

Never leave a toddler to feed alone. Make sure you cut small foods like grapes and cherry tomatoes into quarters to stop them choking.

Children can choke on small toys and sweets. Keep them out of reach!

Choose blinds that don’t have a pull cord. If you have existing blinds with looped cords, keep the cord short and tie it out of reach.

Poisoning:

Make sure all dangerous items, including medicines are locked away up high.

Keep cleaning products, such as liquid laundry capsules, out of sight and out of reach, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Drowning:

Supervise your children in and around water.

Never leave children unsupervised in the bath – children can die in 3cm of water.

Keep ponds and pools covered.

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