Having a baby is one of the most life-changing events in any person’s life. It is important to avoid child injuries by making the home environment as safe as possible, taking essential steps to childproof your home after a birth.
Survey the scene
Why not see where your baby might start to explore by getting down to your hands and knees to have a toddler’s-eye view of the situation? You will find things look very differently from this perspective and new items will be within reach, tempting you to crawl towards and experiment with them.
You will be able to spot the most likely drawers, shelves, cupboards and other crevices that your child will get into.
Once you have seen where your child will have potential access it is important to spot any potential hazards in that area. Locking up cleaning products, knives, and tablets by using safety latches on drawers will prevent cuts, choking or poisoning.
Small objects are potential choking hazards so it is best to move beads, coins, marbles and other tiny items that you find on the floor or on reachable surfaces. Knives and glassware can cut children easily so don’t place vases on high tables that crawling toddlers can knock over.
In the kitchen, hot pans are dangerous if they are within reach so it is sensible to use the back hobs of your cooker and turn the handles towards the wall.
When you go to answer the door to visitors, make sure you don’t leave any item dangerously within reach. Visitors aren’t always as thoughtful about your children as you either so it is worth being more aware when you have guests.
Items in bags or purses can be potential choking or poisoning hazards so just be aware and if it makes you more comfortable, ask them to place their belongings on a shelf or in a cupboard.
Stop children putting something metal into an electrical socket by using simple plastic plugs or more advanced safety caps.
Unplug any electrical items in the bathroom, such as hair dryers, after use as the potential for electrocution injury near to water is higher.
To make it easier to keep track of your child it makes sense to restrict the areas of your home they have access to. By placing safety gates on stairs or in doorways, young children can be kept out of dangerous areas.
Playpens can also be used to keep a child nearby; they are often portable as well which means visiting friends who do not have a “childproofed” home is possible and may prevent needing to make a child injury claim!
Accident Advice Helpline
If your child has been the victim of an injury, you may want to contact Accident Advice Helpline to take your potential claim further. Our law firm also specialises in slips, trips and falls too, so if you’ve unfortunately suffered a slip injury check to see if you are eligible for slip accident compensation.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice