Information on some child safety products that can help prevent many injuries to babies and young children.
Safety latches and locks for cabinets and drawers
To prevent poisoning and other injuries check the contents of all your cupboards and drawers.
Especially check kitchens and bathrooms, but also remember anywhere that you keep dangerous items. Knives, gardening products, medicines, to name a few.
Remember toddlers are good at climbing – even when you think they can not do something – they often can! Toddlers are curious and determined – they will use things to climb onto to get to where they want to go.
Tip: In the garage or storage shed, store all weed killers and chemicals in a locked cabinet and place the key in a location where your child cannot find it.
Corner and edge bumpers
Check any item of furniture that a baby or young child could fall or run into. Coffee tables, fireplaces, TV stands
Plug socket covers
Little fingers will investigate given the chance use covers to help prevent electrocution. My toddler showed me where a socket cover was missing, and told me it was ‘all better’ when I had put a cover on. But what if he wanted to play with it and not be so safety conscious?
Safety gates (also known as stair-gates)
These help prevent falls down stairs and to also help keep children away from certain areas at certain times. You can use them on their bedroom for example to stop them venturing out at night, or on the kitchen to stop them wandering in where there are numerous dangerous things at the best of times, let alone when you are cooking.
Door locks and latches
These help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas where there are potential dangers. Make sure any extra locks or bolts you fit are higher than a child can reach.
These can prevent a door from slamming or trapping small fingers
Don’t forget a fridge/freezer lock or toilet seat lock
Don’t answer the phone or the door if it means leaving your baby / young child unattended.
Even without a baby in the house, these are an essential bit of home safety kit. If you contact your local fire brigade, their fire safety officer will often supply and fit a smoke detector for you.
Remember to check your smoke detectors regularly to make sure they’re working – a detector that doesn’t work is as useless as not having one.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector
Use these if you have any gas products in your home to prevent CO poisoning.
Window guards and safety netting
These prevent windows from opening more than a couple of centimetres, (they probably are a good security measure too) to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, and landings. Netting will help falls into ponds and pools.
Remember to check windows that are close to the ground, like patio-doors and French windows – - could a running toddler or small child break them?
Cut window blind cords
There seem to be more and more horrific stories in the press of young children getting trappein window blind cords. Don’t let your child get caught – it is much better to cut the cord or replace it with a safer method like safety tassels.
This article is intended as food for thought only. It is every parent’s responsibility to make sure their child is safe. Please take home safety seriously – but remember – DON’T HAVE NIGHTMARES!
Using child safety products does help protect our children and gives us peace of mind. Try these great safety products
See our other articles on baby safety
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Child and baby safety – 13 things to look out for in your home