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    Ways You Can Promote Child Safety At Home

    Your adult-friendly home has many potential hazards for a child. But you can keep your child safe by finding out what the risks are, and then preventing or removing them.


    Even when you think you have removed all the home safety hazards, the reality is that children can still have tumbles and falls. That’s why supervision is one of the keys to child safety at home.


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    Here are some ways that can help you promote child safety at home:

    1. Baby Furniture and Equipment

    Safe baby furniture and equipment will help to protect your child. Always look for cots, mattresses, and high chairs that are safe for your babies.

    baby furniture

    2. Burns and Scalds Prevention

    To prevent burns, keep your child away from fire and hot surfaces. Keep a close eye on your child whenever they are near things that can burn, especially around stoves, ovens, microwaves, heaters and other appliances.

    • Keep hot food and drinks away from and out of reach of children
    • Avoid holding your child if you’re having hot food and drinks
    • Always test bath water temperature before bathing children.

    burns prevention

    3. Electrical Safety

    • Get a licensed electrician to install safety switches, which cut power off quickly to avoid electrocution
    • Get a licensed electrician to do any repairs
    • Replace electrical appliances and cords if they are worn
    • Use power point covers

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    4. Falls Prevention at Home

    Falls are the most common cause of injuries and visits to hospital in every age group. You can help to keep your child safe by watching the new skills they are learning and the new places you can reach and then adjusting your home.


    5. House Fires

    House fires can be caused by cooking accidents, smouldering cigarettes, electrical faults, candles, incense and children playing with lighters and matches. Working smoke alarms are an essential fire safety precaution.

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    6. Water Safety

    Water depends on 100% active adult supervision whenever your child is around water. This includes around baths, pools, ponds, dams, rivers, creeks, baths and buckets with water.

    If you have a pool, be sure to have a fence and self-locking gate. Regularly check the pool fence and gate and make sure it’s in proper working order. Never leave the gate propped open.

    For bath safety, always supervise and give your full attention to babies and children under five years in the bath. Never leave children in the bath or bathroom.


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