Most accidents happen in the home which is why it is important to ensure that your home is a safe place for all your family, especially for young children. One of the highest reported incidents of accidents at home is children being scalded by hot tea. Make your home as child friendly as you can.
Make sure that all medicines, drugs and cleaning chemicals are locked away out of reach. Certain places are full of danger, such as kitchens, sheds and even garden ponds. Make sure TV screens are securely fixed to walls. Hair straighteners, dishwasher tablets being mistaken for sweets and hot drinks are all possible household hazards. An accident only takes seconds.
Make your child aware of the dangers of roads and railways. Always use an appropriate car safety seat for their age and height. Outside the home they should never be alone. Teach them to run, yell and tell if approached by a stranger. Make sure you always know where they are and if they are at a friend’s house, make sure you have a contact number.
Sleep-overs - discuss with your child’s friend’s parents who will be there and seek assurances that they will be supervised. Do not be embarrassed to ask.