Keeping children safe when playing at home is something we all worry about. So with this in mind, we’ve put together some advice on how best to approach making your home safe for children to play in.
Children are almost always one step ahead of where we think they are and are notoriously quick to pick up on how technology works – so be sure to install suitable parental controls on your TV, computers, smartphones, other devices and internet access. The NSPCC website has lots of advice on installing parental controls on your IT equipment and keeping children safe online. It’s never been more important, as the charity highlights, a perfectly innocent search can soon lead to less than innocent material being found. If you’re not sure how best to approach installing parental controls, then give the charity a call on 0808 800 5002 to speak to one of their advisers.
Ever worried about which safety equipment you should incorporate into your home? Then help is at hand, the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has lots of advice for parents and carers on making their homes safe for children and preventing accidents. For children under the age of two, CAPT recommends safety gates and barriers for keeping young children from falling down stairs or out of rooms in which they might be in danger. If you have toddlers, they also suggest installing corner protectors to keep them from hurting themselves on sharp corners. Window catches and locks are also recommended for keeping children from climbing or falling out of windows – just remember to keep a key in easy reach for an adult, in case they ever need it in an emergency.
In addition to the safety equipment specifically aimed at young children, are those measures which protect everyone in the household, like fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These are just a few of the charities recommendations, but visit their website to read their full list of recommendations.
Out of reach
In addition to installing safety equipment, consider all you can do to keep hazards out of a child’s reach, whether this involves installing locks on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets or keeping certain items higher up and out of the way.
Another key consideration is your furniture. Strong, well-built furniture is a must. Direct Furniture Land sells a range of solid wood furniture that is built to last, proving a robust option for any family home, whether for a child’s bedroom or the rest of the house.
Hand-in-hand with robust furniture is having enough storage space in your home to help mitigate clutter and the associated trip hazards this creates. Good storage also gives you the option to keep key items out of reach of children and locked away if need be.
These are just a few hints and tips on making your home safe for children to play in, the NSPCC and CAPT websites cited above have lots more advice to assist parents and carers in keeping children safe.