Tippitoes is a firm believer in the value of Child Safety Week. Before you know it, your baby will be on the move, therefore ensuring the home has been child proofed is a vital early stage of parenting.
A great way to vet your home for any potential accidents or other dangers is to look at it from your child’s perspective and literally get down to their level to check your home over. Tippitoes has highlighted below just a few of the things you should be looking out for:
Around the home
• The NHS reports that ‘the kitchen and stairs are where most accidents happen’ involving the aged 5 and under group, with 58,000 stair related incidents and 43,000 in the kitchen. So this is an obvious starting point.
• For homes with stairs, or even with rooms that can be a danger to children such as the kitchen, a safety gate is a key measure in making a toddler safe. Less obvious, but at the same time make sure all stair carpets are properly fitted to reduce the risk of losing your balance whilst carrying your child.
• In the kitchen, and equally throughout the home, fit blank socket covers, cupboard latches, door slam stoppers and corner cushions.
Remember, you are seeking to eliminate all types of accident, including those resulting from inquisitiveness. In the kitchen, the period when cooking is in progress will always be a period of heightened risk. During mealtime ensure your baby is safely harnessed if a high chair is used.
• An open fire in the winter months can also be a major hazard, so whether you have a wood, gas or electric fire in the home, a reliable fire guard to prevent children from burning themselves is essential. Remember, you can get a fire guard that can be easily folded and stored away during the summer months.
• Any glazing is a particular hazard. Fit bright stickers to relevant windows and doors to reduce risk of accidental collision. Accessible windows should have locks fitted.
• Ensure mattress levels in cots are correct to minimise risk of falling out. Once your toddler is ready to move from the cot to a bed, use a bed rail to ensure your infant stays safely in place.
• Never leave a child unattended. Watch water temperatures and always test in advance. A bathtime thermometer is a good means of ensuring the water temperature is just right for baby. Make sure your domestic heating system runs at a moderate temperature.
In conclusion, be safe. If you think there is a hazard, protect your child from it. If you can’t do so move the item out of harms
way, or, if there is a particular room in the house you feel you
can’t fully secure, make sure it is not accessible to the child. Many websites offer good advice such as the CAPT (the sponsor of Child Safety Week), Saferhouses,
RoSPA and the BBC; the latter may not be the most obvious but as one of the most visited websites in the world it is full of useful information. RoSPA (Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) advises ‘most accidents are preventable through increased awareness’.
Finally, check that any product you buy has been tested to all relevant British and European standards. If you are not sure check with the retailer or don’t buy it.
Tippitoes offers products specifically designed for child safety which can be found on the website www.tippitoes.com.