The kitchen and bathroom are the two most dangerous places in the house, apart from any stairwells or balconies, particularly if there are children in the house. Even if you don’t have children of your own, you should still be thinking about child-proofing these places if you have friends with children or any reason for children to be in your home from time to time.
It only takes one accident for a small child to be seriously injured, and you don’t want this to happen in your house. It may be worthwhile simply child-proofing everything when you move in, so that you don’t have to worry about keeping children safe in the future.
- Have non-slip mats. This isn’t only a good idea for children, but also for adults, as bathroom floors can become very slippery very easily. Even if you don’t spill water on the floor, condensation can actually make the floor even more slippery.
- Cover sharp edges. Make sure that any sharp edges to sinks and cupboards are covered over so that children cannot knock their heads against them. Remember that children are at a much lower level than you are, so are at risk of places that you wouldn’t even notice.
- Never allow children into the bathroom unattended. When they get a little older you can allow them to use the toilet on their own, but when they are very small you should always be in there with them so that they can’t injure themselves. Leaving a child alone in the bath is particularly dangerous, as children can drown in very small amounts of water.
- Keep cupboards locked and dangerous items away from reach. Items like razors should be kept high up where only adults can reach them at all times.
Oxfordshire car accident claims
Children need protecting in more places than just homes. They should be safe in schools, parks, cars – you do not want them to be injured in a road traffic accident, as the consequences can be very severe.
If your child has been injured by someone else it is up to you whether or not you want to make Oxfordshire car accident claims against the person who was to blame. The same rules apply to making Oxfordshire car accident claims for children as for adults, except until they are 18 they cannot make the claim themselves, a parent or guardian has to do it on the child’s behalf.
Children tend to be more adaptable to whatever life throws their way, but even for them coping with a serious injury can be traumatic, and life needs to be made as good as possible for them. Compensation can help to do this.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile is the best way to make Oxfordshire car accidents claim a children’s behalf, as we understand the help and support they need, and will endeavour to make sure they do not have to go to court, as this can be as traumatic for them as the accident was.
Date Published: 16th November 2014
Author: David Brown