After your bundle of joy has arrived, it won’t be long before your snoozer becomes a cruiser, taking to the ground to crawl or attempt to walk.
While slips, trips and falls are inevitable, it is always recommended that you childproof your home, taking precautions to protect your child from any preventable accidents in the home.
Preventing accidents in the home
Stopping trips and falls is one thing, but what about sharp corners or kitchen cabinets?
Toddlers get in to everything and anything and predicting where they’ll wander is the key to preventing accidents in the home. There are a number of ways you can childproof your house to ensure a safe environment for your little one.
- Oven door guards help prevent burns
- Turn pan handles in towards the wall
- Do not cook with your child in your arms
- Always turn off kitchen equipment
- Keep plates of hot food cups away from the edge of counters and tables
- Always put knives and other utensils away after use
- Place a fire guard around your fire
- Protect little fingers by installing doorstops
- Install window guards
- Use edge guards on furniture with pointed corners
- Secure tall items, such as bookcases, to the wall
- Keep bath water shallow – no deeper than 7.5cm
- Prevent burns with bath tap covers
- Place a non-slip mat in the bottom of the bath
- Never leave your child alone in the bath
- Use covers for plug sockets
- Keep electrical wires out of reach, and sight, where possible
- Block stairs and high-risk rooms, such as the kitchen, with safety gates
- Put safety latches on cupboards or drawers containing chemicals, medicines, cleaning products, cosmetics or dangerous items
Injured in the home
As a consumer, if a product you have purchased has caused an accident in the home, injuring you or another member of your family, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
All companies have a responsibility to ensure that products are manufactured to guarantee your safety when in use. If the product in question has been poorly made or failed to meet its purpose, and, as such, caused your injury or illness, it is likely that the business will be liable for your accident at home.
Accident Advice Helpline
From slips, trips and falls outside your home, to accidents at work or abroad, at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of specialists are waiting 24 hours, seven days a week, ready to help you determine whether or not you have an eligible case to claim.
Call today on 0800 689 0500.