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.
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