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CHILD SAFETY AT HOME
Accidents are predictable and can be prevented.
05 December 2013
A home should be the safest place for children, especially for very young children, but sometimes dangers and hazards are hiding right in the family home.
Here are some useful tips for preventing the most common accidents from occurring.
As a general rule, never leave coins, buttons, candies, batteries, pens and other small objects that a child can accidently swallow laying around the home within a child's reach, and cover the edges and corners of furniture with protective padding.
- Never leave children unattended in the bathtub; a child can drown in as little as 5 cm of water.
- Use non-skid strips on the bottom of bathtubs and protective padding on the faucets in order to make "bath-time" fun and safe.
- Keep only necessary appliances in the bathroom and keep them out of reach on shelves or in cabinets.
- Keep all sharp objects such as scissors, nail files and razor blades stored out of reach of children.
- Small electrical appliances can cause electrocution and burns. Remember to unplug them when not in use.
- When cooking, use heavy pots on the back burners and turn the handles inwards.
- Make sure that the oven door is thermal insulated or equipped with an acrylic guard.
- Avoid using tablecloths that hang too far over the edges of the table.
- Keep household cleaning products and other substances in clearly labelled containers with safety closures.
- Never pour and store poisonous substances in food containers.
- Do not place chairs or tables near windows; avoid shelves and electrical cords that are not secured to walls.
- Avoid bunk beds or make sure that there is a safety guard so your child won't fall out.
- Children under six years of age should never sleep on the top bunk.*
- Fit spring hooks behind doors so that children don't slam their fingers between the door and the doorjamb.
- Do not put lamps that can topple or get overheated in children's rooms.
- Check that the rails are not horizontal and therefore easy to climb. If the rails are vertical, make sure that they are lined up closely enough so that a child cannot stick his head through.
- Always make sure that there is nothing a child can use as a step for dangerous "climbing activities".
- Never fill the crib with toys and never let your child sleep wearing necklaces, bracelets or pendants.
- Never leave your child unattended on the surface you use as a changing table or in the baby bath, not even for a second.