Child Safety Buying Guide
Every year, thousands of children sustain fatal and non-fatal injuries around the home. With the right attitude and the right safety equipment, you can greatly reduce the risk of your children falling foul of the potential hazards in your home.
Child Safety in the Home
There are several questions to consider when assessing child safety in your home:
- Are the doors and windows securely fastened? Are there locks on cupboards and drawers that contain sharp or hazardous materials?
- Are all vacant electrical outlets covered, all relevant child safety locks applied and all corded appliances like kettles moved out of arm’s reach?
- Is there a gate preventing access to a stairwell or any other potentially hazardous areas of the home such as a swimming pool?
- Does the bathtub and, if applicable, the bathroom floor have a non-slip mat?
- Are there corner cushions in place on counter tops and furniture to prevent impact injuries?
- Are cooking surfaces covered and, where applicable, locked?
Types of Safety Devices
Locks, Latches and Covers
Child safety locks, latches and covers can prevent a wide number of injuries in the home by restricting access to certain storage facilities and by ensuring that the threat of injury caused by colliding with sharp edges has been nullified.
- Easy-to-install, child safety locks can prevent children from accessing potentially harmful objects and hazardous materials. Locks can be applied to cupboards of all shapes and sizes without affecting furnishings.
- Child safety latches require even less installation and are an effective way of preventing cupboard doors and drawers from opening outwards. Latches can also be applied to the likes of oven doors, fridges and dishwashers.
- Child safety covers such as corner covers and faucet covers can prevent the likes of impact injuries around the home and scalding injuries in the bath. Inexpensive, easy-to-apply and highly effective, these safety covers are a must in all homes with children.
Child gates can prevent a wide range of serious injuries. A safety gate is essential at the foot and top of any staircase within the home and on the likes of patio doors with steps or open water on the other side.
- Installing a safety gate requires no drilling or DIY work. Fully adjustable, safety gates can be adapted to suit most doorways, hallways or stairwells.
- Child safety gates are available in a wide range of finishes to suit any home décor scheme.
- Certain models can be extended to form secure play pens and fireplace guards for added value and versatility.
Electrical Safety and Fire Safety
With the right equipment, it is also easy to practice electrical safety and fire safety in your home. As with most other child safety equipment, no complicated installation is required.
- Stovetop guards and stove & oven knob covers can greatly increase fire safety. They can also protect your child against burns and scalds caused by coming into contact with very hot surfaces.
- Outlet plug packs can greatly increase electrical safety by preventing children from inserting objects in the socket and receiving an electric shock.
- Flat screen TV savers can prevent injuries caused by the screen tipping over. Attachable to furniture and wall mounts, these straps are durable and effective.