Keeping your children safe

Keeping your home safe and secure is not just about alarms and security cameras – it is about adopting an all-round approach and looking at all aspects of physical and personal safety and taking appropriate steps to prevent emergency situations from occurring in the first place. Here we look at ways you can help keep young children safe in the home.

Lounge

Children and electrical outlets don’t always get along. The most inquisitive will undoubtedly argue over it a few times. Place outlet covers on all of your electrical outlets for safety. Use shock-absorbing foam to prevent the infant from harming himself on the furniture’s corners. Place door stops as well, so that the child’s fingers don’t get stuck while they’re playing with doors. Avoid putting any potentially harmful plants in your living area. Get robust, approved toys that are appropriate for the child’s age, particularly for toddlers under the age of three who are still developing. Toys with removable pieces or parts that a youngster might choke on should be avoided. Also, make sure your youngster isn’t playing with toy packaging in an unsafe way.

Kitchen

Keep cleaning supplies in a secure location, preferably either a high or a locked cupboard. Place them above the sink or in a cabinet with a block cupboard rather than below it. Ingestion of cleaning products is a major source of risk in the kitchen.

Objects should not be placed on the ledges in front of the sink but rather as far back as possible.

Cooking? Place a shield around you, such as a barrier, to prevent the youngster from being burnt. Use your stove’s back covers as much as possible. Make sure the oven has a safety opening and a fan to avoid overheating the outer wall.

Kettles & coffee makers. One often overlooked aspect is how easy it can be for youngsters to pull on electrical cables and scald themselves with boiling water from kettles or coffee pots. Keep such items close to the back wall and ensure that cables are kept out of the reach of youngsters.

Dining

On the dining room table, stay away from the tablecloth. They may be pulled by children. Use place mats instead. Use children’s cutlery, which is made of non-sharp materials. Clear the table of all items, particularly those that may contain blades.

Bathroom

When preparing your baby’s bath, always check the water temperature. Install a temperature limiter thermostatic valve or make sure your youngster does not have access to the valve. In the bath or shower, always use a non-slip mat. Young heads can be easily damaged by even the slightest fall. Always sit next to the bath whilst your youngster is in the bath, never leave them unattended for any reason even for a moment. Objects such as scissors or hairpins should not be left laying about in your bathroom. The changing table is where the bulk of falls occur. When your baby is on the changing table, keep one hand on him for extra safety.

Bedroom/nursery

Use a baby monitor to ensure that you are constantly aware of what is going on.

Install side rail barriers to prevent the youngster from falling out of bed.

At Ultimate Alarms we’re all about keeping your home & family safe. If you’re looking for a burglar alarm in Glasgow, Lanarkshire or Renfrewshire get in touch with Ultimate Alarms today and let us protect your home the right way.

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