We all strive to make our homes as safe as possible for our children. However there are some areas in our homes, and common potential dangers throughout the house, that we all need to focus on to ensure our children are safe. Read on for our rundown of the most accident prone areas in your home and the most common childhood accidents in order to be extra vigilant and safe.
Kitchens are a melting pot for potential child hazards, so parents need to be extra vigilant in this area of the house. Small children like to tug and pull on things, so be careful that there is no unattended hot food left on tables where children can yank on the table-cloth and pull everything off the table. Never leave the handles of hot pots and pans over the edge of the oven, as again, children reaching up to pull the handles of hot saucepans, is a very common accident.
Children themselves can pose a danger in the kitchen when not watched properly. Toddlers, in particular, can crop up behind you at the most inopportune moments, which can be incredibly dangerous for both of you when transporting hot plates of food. Therefore make sure children are in a safe area whilst you cook and prepare dinner.
Kids parties can certainly come with their fair share of worries and stress for parents. We are not only responsible for the safety of our own children but also for the safety of our children’s friends. Accidents at children’s parties are all too common and some can even result in legal action being taken against parents. Therefore in order to avoid needing to fight again a personal injury lawsuit, you should be looking at the following areas. For very young children, you will want to make sure that there are no small toys around that the children can get their hands on and put in their mouth. Choking is a very common accident at children’s parties so be careful with small items around the house.
Bouncy castles are great fun, but they must never be left unattended at children’s party. Therefore you must share the responsibility with other parents to keep a close eye on children in this area. Garden parties are great fun for kids, but if you have any dangerous steps or high walls you will need to section these areas off to make sure there are no nasty falls.
Electrical sockets are an area of fascination for children and they seem to want to spend inordinate amounts of time squeezing and pushing things inside them. Obviously wet little fingers or pushing in wires or wet objects can lead to electrocution. So all electrical sockets, that are not in use should be covered up with a protective socket shield.
This is the area in the house that can see the most accidents of all. Once children become mobile, we all know how difficult it is to keep them in eye sight. Therefore stair gates, with a child lock are an essential item to give you peace of mind that they are safely protected from this dangerous area.