As a parent, you’ll never stop worrying about your children. But when you’re at home, you want to relax. It’s a lot easier to feel at ease when you know you’ve taken all the possible steps to make your home as safe as possible for little ones.
But a child’s perspective is different from ours. They’ll want to open all the cupboards at their height, as well as investigate everything around them. When they’re young, anything could be a toy or a challenge.
According to the RoSPA, children aged 0-4 years old have the most accidents at home, and boys are more prone to them than girls. What’s more, most accidents occurring in the home take place in the living/dining room, and the most serious accidents tend to take place in the kitchen or on the stairs.
To make sure your entire home is as safe as it can be for kids, we’ve got some suggestions you could easily have missed. Check them out.
- In the living room
When you’ve got children, you have to view each piece of furniture with suspicion. As an example, Vouchercloud’s childproofing guide explains that your child will eventually see your bookcase as a heavily disguised ladder. They advise securing any piece of furniture that could be pulled over.You can use straps or brackets to do the job, but make sure you check the manufacturing suggestions.
Every parent would have watched the video of a child saving his little brother from underneath a fallen IKEA chest of drawers holding their breath. Little ones will always be naturally curious, so do everything you can to secure the furniture your children have access to.
- In the kitchen
As children learn to walk, they’ll inevitably take a few tumbles and falls. Learning to balance can be difficult. You want them to be able to safely manoeuvre themselves around your home without any accidents.
But the kitchen can be home to loads of potentially dangerous sharp edges – on tables, chairs, worktops and cupboard doors, for example. Wherever you find an edge that feels dangerous, you can use corner protectors and sticky edge cushions.
When you’re practicing kitchen safety by keeping pans at the furthest hobs when cooking and tidying any rubbish away promptly, you don’t want a preventable accident to occur.
- In the bathroom
You’ve got the chemicals locked away, and run a bath with the correct temperature and depth of water, but is bath time going to be stress-free? Not necessarily.
A lot of people forget to be mindful of how hot radiators and towel rails can be. They can easily cause burns to delicate skin. Use a towel as a temporary fix, but try and cover them up if you know your heating gets hot.
In this forum, parents discuss the different options available – including whether it’s best to just teach your child not to touch hot things, rather than rely on a cover. Ultimately, it’s up to you.