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Home safety

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There are lots of things that you can do at home to protect your family.
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More accidents happen at home than anywhere else, but there are lots of things that you can do to protect your family.

It’s impossible to make every environment 100 per cent safe, no matter how hard you try. Children will always suffer a few bumps and scrapes along the way and children under the age of five are one of the two groups most likely to have an accident at home.

Thankfully many accidents in the home can be prevented by following simple safety advice.

Top tips to keep your child safe at home

• Supervise your child at all times.

• Keep floors and stairs free of toys and obstructions that can be tripped over.

• Always use a securely fitted safety harness in a pram, pushchair or highchair.

• Never leave babies unattended on raised surfaces.

• Do not place baby bouncers on raised surfaces – they could fall off with the movement of the baby.

• The use of baby-walkers and table-mounted high-chairs is not recommended.

• Get into the habit of keeping dangerous items out of reach – like hot drinks, button batteries, household cleaning products, liquid laundry capsules, kettles, pans, knives, scissors and sharp implements.

• Always keep medicines out of sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

• Wherever possible, buy products in child resistant containers, store chemicals in their original containers and dispose of unwanted medicines and chemicals safely.

• Avoid buying plants with poisonous leaves or berries or those that can irritate the skin.

Find out more information about keeping your baby or child safe at home using the hot topics and further information links below.

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Further information

Baby safety tips

There are lots of common accidents that can happen to babies and toddlers. This website gives you helpful information on preventing the most common ones, helping to keep your little one safe at home.

Handle with care

Holding your baby close is something you’ll probably naturally want to do right from the start. But you may be a bit nervous to begin with. It’s important to understand that rough handling, especially shaking, can seriously injure your baby.

Risks of button batteries

There are lots of things at home that can make our lives easier but they can be harmful to little ones. Small button batteries can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep them out of children’s reach and to act fast if you think your child might have swallowed one.

Hidden dangers of hot drinks

A hot drink can be dangerous and toddlers can reach higher than we think! Thirty babies and toddlers go to the hospital with a hot drink burn every day. This website will help you keep your children safe.

How safe are your blinds?

This useful leaflet shows you simple steps you can take to keep blind cords out of reach of babies and children as well as links to other useful sources of information and advice.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

A checklist on accident prevention in the home and garden, plus many other useful resources for keeping your family safe.

Fire safety in the home

There are lots of things that you can do to keep your family safe from fire at home, like regular bedtime routines, checking household equipment and fitting smoke alarms. This site has more useful advice.

Carbon monoxide safety

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be difficult to spot because you can’t see it, hear it, smell it or taste it, so it's important to have regular checks on fossil fuel burning appliances.

Being safe with dogs

There are safety aspects to think about when animals and children are in the same environment. Blue Cross has useful information to help your child enjoy dogs but stay safe.