Having a child is a big responsibility; late nights, no time to yourself and constant mess in the house. As a parent you are responsible to keep not only yourself safe but another life, so the question is, how do I childproof my home to prevent accidents such as slips, trip or falls?
Make sure there is no loose flooring to avoid a trip injury
When a child first learns to walk it tends to be more like a shuffle as they do not pick their feet up. This means that if there are loose tiles or carpet that is riding up you need to make sure these are secured down to avoid a trip injury.
Make the electrics safe
Children are very inquisitive and will touch and put their finger in anything they can, which can cause injuries worse than that from a slip, trip or fall, including plug sockets. So make sure that all electrical outlets are made safe. You can buy covers to go over plugs and if there is any wiring near the floor level the child could grab consider boxing it in or securing it to the wall.
This may seem like a very obvious one but children are not tidy by nature. They will pick up a toy and dump it wherever so make sure you keep the house as tidy as possible to avoid a trip injury for your child and you. If you are struggling to keep the whole house tidy consider placing the toys in one room and making sure the child or children keep the toys in that room to help prevent any slips, trips or falls.
Accident Advice Helpline
Unfortunately, kids will be kids and accidents, especially slips, trips and falls, can, and do occur around the house no matter how much you childproof it. However, if you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last three years that wasn’t yours or your children’s fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims such as slip injuries and product defects. With years of experience, we will make the claims process simple and stress-free. In fact, most clients are able to settle their claim without stepping foot in a court room.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, to find out more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice