Your home is the hub of family life and the place where your children should always feel safe and secure. However, your home is also a hotspot of hazards that could potentially cause your children harm and even lead to fatalities. Luckily, there are many ways that you can safety proof your home against possible accidents and emergencies, and this guide will take you through some of the key steps that you should take to prevent these.
1. Prepare for Fire
Emergencies such as fire cannot always be wholly prevented, especially if they are caused by exterior factors. However, there are many ways that you can reduce the risk of fire in your home and the size of the impact that this will make on your family. To prevent fire in your home, you should consider investing in a fire risk assessment. During this, your home’s individual susceptibility to fire will be assessed by a trained professional, who can then suggest guidance on how to improve your home’s fire safety. You should also be prepared for when a fire does break out, and ensure that you have installed a smoke detector, as well as a fire extinguisher in susceptible areas such as the kitchen.
2. Invest in Secure Fencing
To both keep your children safe within your garden and stop intruders from accessing the exterior of your property, it is vital that you are able to invest in secure fencing around your property and repair any panels that have been damaged. Not only does proper fencing around your property deter intruders such as burglars from accessing your home, but it also prevents your child from venturing outside your property when unattended or playing outside.
3. Consider Toxic Materials
Although you may believe that your home is a safe place for children, many homes are filled with toxic materials and objects which could harm children. For instance, many houseplants are not only poisonous to your pets, but also to your kids, and you should ensure that you research the plants that you own and place toxic garden and house plants out of reach of your children. You should also keep cleaning materials such as detergents and bleach away from children, which you can do by investing in cupboard locks and child-locks to stop your children from accessing poisonous substances. You should also make sure that these are kept in their original containers so that children can be aware of what they are.
4. Secure Your Electrics
Electrics are now vital to daily life, but they can cause problems for your family if they are old or children are able to access them. In general, you can keep your home safe by rewiring your electrics every 25 years, as this will prevent fires and other general hazards. In terms of appliances, you can protect children by placing plug protectors on any outlets which your child can reach and disconnecting appliances when you are not using them. You should also make sure that each appliance has a ground fault circuit interrupter.
5. Adapt Your Stairs and Windows
Many accidents in the home are caused by falls from stairs or out of windows. You can prevent this by adding child gates on the stairs of your home to prevent your child from accessing them without your supervision. You should also put a handrail along your staircase and ensure that they are carpeted to reduce trip hazards. In terms of windows, you should use window stops and guards to prevent children from opening windows wide.