Many expectant parents spend much of their time reading pregnancy books and baby books, worrying over what is the best way to birth and care for their newborn. That being said, once baby arrives, no one can ever prepare you for what is to come. Once your baby begins to explore the world, it is 100 per cent necessary to childproof your home to prevent accidents around the house.
Why do you need to childproof your home?
It really is quite extraordinary how little people get into anything and everything. They are so curious about the world around them and want to touch and explore everything that they discover.
All babies and toddlers experience slips, trips and falls, as they get to grips with finding their own feet, however, there are aspects of the home that instantly become a hazard for youngsters.
When you childproof your house, you minimise the risk of your child sustaining home-related injury and illness due to these hazards in your home.
What do you need to childproof?
On the surface your home may seem perfectly safe, clean and child-friendly, however, after just moments with a busy toddler in tow, you will soon realise that hazards lie where you absolutely didn’t expect them to.
To minimise accidents including falls and burns, for example, you should childproof:
- Oven doors with door guards to prevent burns
- Fires with fireguards
- Doors with doorstops to protect small fingers from being trapped
- Windows with window guards to prevent falls from heights
- Furniture with edge guards to prevent bumps and lacerations following falls
- Tall furniture by securing it to the wall, such as bookshelves
- Taps with covers to minimise the risk of burns
- Baths and showers with non-slip mats to prevent slips, causing sprains, fractures and head injuries
- Plug sockets with covers
- Electrical wires should be tied neatly and safely, out of reach
- Cupboards and drawers with safety latches, to minimise the risk of chemical poisoning and even fatalities
While this is not an extensive list, and other items will need to be childproofed, it serves as an illustration for the level of childproofing that needs to be carried out in the home.
Accidents at home
If you or your child have suffered an accident in the home and you believe a manufacturer or another third party was to blame, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
For more information speak with Accident Advice Helpline today on freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice