A huge amount of accidents to children are reported to various hospitals year on year in the United Kingdom (more than a 1 Million per year). Figures for the US are approximately 9 Million. Many injuries are treated by local doctors/physicians or by parents that are not included in these figures. In the worst case children can be killed or seriously disabled by accidents in the home.
Of course we do not want to stop children playing and that's how they learn. But simple safety steps are sensible to prevent serious injury or even death.
The Bathroom is a definite danger zone so please read our safety tips:
Safety Tips for the Bathroom
- Keep the bathroom door closed at all times to prevent access to younger children but do not add or remove the door lock in case children lock themselves in
- Never leave a child alone in the bath for a moment and supervise them at all times. Children can drown in a very small amount of water (a few inches)
- Toilet seats should have locks on to prevent drowning
- To avoid scalding always run the cold water tap/faucet first if it is separate from the hot one. Mixers are better
- Always empty the bath immediately after use
- Add anti-slip mats to the bottom of baths to prevent slipping and banging or sliding beneath the water.
- Never keep nappy sacks in an accessible place to babies. These are known to have caused death by suffocation and choking in a number of cases. Plastic bags also need to be removed.
- Never have razors, scissors, medicines, cosmetics or other household detergents (bleach etc.) at a low level accessible to children. Keep these high up preferably in a locked cupboard.
- Never dispose of used razor blades in the bin/waste basket
- Ensure any sockets are approved for bathroom use and fit ground fault interrupters to the circuits.
- Windows should remain locked (but with any key available for emergency). They should have professionally fitted child proof restraining mechanisms which only allow the window to be opened a small amount but have a latch to allow escape in an emergency. Don't allow climbable objects near to windows
- Window blinds with cords should be avoided - these pose a strangulation hazard. If you absolutely must have them, ensure the cord meets the latest standards with an attachment that prevents a loop forming. Also keep the cords out of reach.