Children's accidents are a major health problem throughout the UK.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, death amongst children over the age of one is caused mostly by accidental injuries.
Tick the boxes as you help to make your house a safer home.
First of all, it is not a bad idea to get down on all fours and scan the house at this level. This is what a young child sees and may reveal hidden dangers that are not always obvious to an adult.
Use locks on cabinets.
Set the temperature of your hot water heater to 60 degrees to prevent possible scalds.
Prevent poisoning by keeping household cleaners, chemicals and medicines completely out of reach and always store them in their original container. Preferably, do not store them under the sink where an inquisitive child might find them.
As well as keeping all medicines out of reach of children, seemlingly harmless vitamin and iron pills can cause poisoning.
Secure large pieces of furniture that might tip over.
Use stair gates and window guards for toddler safety.
Install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in the house. Also, invest in a fire blanket, especially for fat fryers.
Buy flame retardant or flame resistant furniture.
Remove furniture with sharp edges or apply some soft padding.
Arts and crafts are always popular with children. Please note that some glues are not healthy to be inhaled and may be highly imflammable.
Never leave an iron on unattended. A child might trip over the lead and be injured by a falling, hot iron.
Use nonskid backing on rugs and make sure carpets are secured.
Remove breakables and sharp objects from low tables and shelves.
Remove small toys and other choking hazards from around your child.
Tie blind and curtain cords out of reach.
Do not carry hot liquids near your child. Do not allow your child near stoves, heaters or other hot appliances. When cooking, use the back burners and turn pot handles inward. Never leave a hot drink balanced on the edge of a table or radiator. A hot drink remains potentially damaging up to 15 minutes until it has cooled down enough.
Moth balls can be a great danger for young children. Apart from the possibility of them being swallowed they can cause irritation of the eyes, the nose, and the lungs. During a long time exposure they are known to cause many very serious illnesses.
To prevent drowning, empty all water from baths and keep the door to the bathroom closed. Never leave your child alone near any container of water or garden pond.
Always keep your eye on young children near a swimming pool. A young child can drown in only a few inches of water.
Keep a list of emergency, doctors, police and ambulance numbers near your phone. Also keep a map reference code available to inform the emergency services of your address, especially if you live in an isolated spot in the country.
Do not allow your young children into an unsafe room.
Go on a local first aid course and learn what to do in an emergency and how to save a life.