Thursday 8 June 2017

Top tips on how to make your home child-friendly - Child Safety Week

This week is Child Safety Week, taking place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June, and promoting the theme of ‘Safe children: sharing is caring’. 

Child Safety Week is run by the Child Accident Prevention trust, and this campaign aims to reduce the number of young children seriously injured in preventable accidents. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe, and nothing is more powerful than sharing practical advice and knowledge. This is why families, friends, businesses and communities are coming together this week to discuss the simple things we can all do to keep children safe. 

It is essential to have plumbing and heating appliances in the home, but it is important to ensure that they don’t pose a danger to young children. Just follow these simple tips and tricks so you can make your house ‘child-friendly’...

* Collaborative post 

In the bathroom

When optimising your family bathroom, it is important to consider what shower your children will be using. To prevent the risk of scalding, it is worth switching from a regular shower to a thermostatic shower. Thermostatic showers guarantee temperature stability for your children despite changes in cold and hot water pressure, and can be easily plumbed into your existing system.  

For increased safety, digital showers offer accurate temperature control to within a degree and some models can even run your child the perfect bath. Simply programme a safe depth level and temperature for your child and the digital shower will fill the tub independently. But remember – it’s the little details that matter too! Bath mats and non-slip bath strips help prevent slipping, and soft close toilet seats prevent any small hands from getting trapped.

It is also important to never underestimate a child’s curiosity. All too often children will reach up for ointments, medicines and razors that are kept on work surfaces and window sills. Make sure you lock away harmful bathroom essentials in a wall-hung cabinet or bathroom vanity unit. If you keep bleach and cleaning products in a low-level storage unit, then fix a child lock onto the cabinet doors. You can’t always rely on ‘child-lock caps’ on bottled liquids!

In the living room

Heating appliances can pose serious risks to young children, so it is worth taking extra precautions to ensure their safety. The location of your heating appliances is an important consideration, so make sure to never place a radiator or heating appliance near your child’s bed. This is the best way to stop your child from falling onto a hot surface. Portable heaters should also be switched off and unplugged in a room where your child is unsupervised. This makes it impossible for your child to trip over the cable or to adjust the temperature to high heat. Alternatively, fireguards are brilliant buys that prevent your child from accessing the hot grills and heating controls.

Radiators are a key feature in any home, but they still pose a risk to young children. Bespoke radiator cabinets look effortlessly stylish and protect your child from burning themselves. If you don’t want to cover your radiators, it is easy to use Thermostatic Radiator valves to reduce the surface temperature of the radiator to a luke-warm level. Some TRV’s come with child-lock safety features so they can’t be altered by your little ones!

Around the house

Some dangers are less easy to spot than others. Carbon Monoxide poisoning affects up to 200 people in the UK a year and the only way to keep your family safe is to install an audible CO alarm.

Carbon Monoxide is produced when gas or oil is not burnt properly, and it can be released into your home if you have a faulty boiler, cooker or gas fire. A simple carbon monoxide alarm can be bought for as little as £20 and will instantly alert the family to any danger. They should be placed around the house in the same way that fire alarms are i.e. in the kitchen, living/dining room and bedrooms.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you can rest easy knowing your children are protected from any potential accidents. 


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