Hazards around your home – Child Safety Week

Next week is Child Safety Week.  This is an annual event run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the leading UK charity for this field.  Child Safety Week (23rd-29th June) was created o help raise awareness about the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
The campaign aims to help parents and families keep their children safe.
I’m currently working alongside Betta Living to help publicise this campaign as it is a very important one and could help to save lives.
I would like to ask you a few questions:
  1. Where do you keep your cleaning products?
  2. Where do you keep your medicines?
  3. Take a look at your stairs…Are they clutter free?
Three simple questions.
Now answer honestly, have you changed and of these things since having children?
I know I have!
My cleaning products are under my bathroom sink and under my kitchen sink.  It’s where I have always kept them.  It’s logical to me, easy to assess and easy to find.
Since having children these cupboards are now equipped with child catches.  The children can not open the cupboard doors.
I never ever leave these open as they contain lots of dangerous chemicals such as bleach.  As the children get older, wiser and stronger I will need to rethink where I keep these – maybe a lock and chain through the handles or an actual lock and key on the doors. 
I would rather be safe than sorry.
Medicines:  When Emmy was smaller these were kept in a box on my worktop in my kitchen, however when she started to climb onto chairs and onto the side I need to move them.  They are now in a high cupboard far from her reach (and mine – I need a chair to reach, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Stairs:  I used to have a habit of putting everything to go upstairs on the bottom of the stairs or on the stairs to collect and take up at a later date.  It saves going up and down hundreds of times a day however it’s not child friendly.  Harry is at an age he climbs up and down the stairs unaided, he is very steady however he wouldn’t see the hazards on the stairs and it could cause a nasty accident.
Now I have a basket on the bottom of the stairs to keep everything inside, tidily out of the way.
A few little changed can make a vast difference, did you know that over a million children are admitted to A&E each year due to accidents which have occurred in their own homes!
Betta Living have created a home safety survey and would love for you to fill it in to help with their findings – you could win ¬£50 worth of vouchers by doing so too.  You can find the survey here.
There are also two competitions over on the Child Safety Week website – there is a design a poster competition for children and a wordsearch competition for adults.  You can find them both here.
“Brought to you in conjunction with Betta Living”


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