KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE AT HOME
Your home is the heartbeat of your family, but the place where we feel most safe and secure can still hold potential dangers – from poisonous substances to highvoltage electricity. In the second of a three-part series on child safety, Babyshop explains ho
It’s where we spend our most precious times with our family, but the home is full of potential hazards for little ones. Even though we try our utmost to keep our babies out of danger, there is always something that could trip them up or harm them.
While we might have locked away medicines and are careful to make sure children keep away from hot objects, there are sharp table corners, unguarded electrical sockets and poisonous washing detergents to contend with.
As we juggle our busy lives, it’s best to baby-proof our home so we can relax and enjoy our children.
So what can we do? In the second instalment of our series on child safety, Babyshop will show you how to make your home safe.
After all, we don’t want our children to become another shocking statistic. Last year, a report by Abu Dhabi Health Authority revealed that 72 per cent of all injuries to children in 2012 happened in the home.
Babies and children under four are most at risk as they are inquisitive and want to explore their surroundings. That’s why keeping our children safe is a top priority for parents in the UAE, with nine out of 10 parents taking precautionary measures at home*, with child supervision scoring top of the list.
Let’s face it. No parent can watch their child every second of
every day and distractions do happen. We’ve all been there – a pan suddenly boiling over or an unexpected phone call we have to take. It only takes a second for disaster to happen.
But by combining common sense and good supervision with some helpful products, parents can reduce the likelihood of an accident in the home.
Babyshop has come up with ways to make your home safer. It carried out a survey to discover the key safety concerns for parents. Safety on balconies was the overwhelming biggest worry (72 per cent) with poisoning second (60 per cent).
Even seemingly innocuous things like tables, cabinets and stairs are potentially dangerous. But simply by installing Babyshop’s soft corner cushions (from Dh22), locks on cupboards (from Dh17) and fridges (from Dh15), and safety gates (from Dh349), we can keep our children safer, with danger staying out of reach.
So while all this may sound terrifying, the good news is most accidents are preventable through increased awareness, enhancing the home environment and introducing specific safety products to help you worry less.
Falls are the most common cause of accidents in the home in the UK, accounting for 44 per cent of all child accidents. When you consider that many people here in the UAE live in high-rise apartments, the dangers are even greater. Injuries from falling down stairs, bumping into tables and slips in the bath cause the majority of injuries.
Window locks, stair guards and safety gates, available at Babyshop, can help prevent these accidents. Locks and fasteners can be attached to existing windows and doors and slip-proof bath mats prevent falls at bath time.
Burns and scalds
Young children’s skin is thinner and they can suffer serious burns more easily than adults. Hot drinks cause most scalds to under fives, while hot bath water is responsible for many severe or even fatal scalds to babies and toddlers. A bath thermometer makes sure bath time is safe. Burns from ovens and microwaves are common too. Babyshop offers easy-to-use locks, including an oven lock (from Dh12), and a multipurpose appliance lock that can be used on refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves.
Poisoning and electrocution
High on the list of parental concerns in the UAE, most poisoning accidents involve medicines, household products or cosmetics. Keep these out of reach and use special cupboard locks.
Even though most cleaning products and medicines come with safety caps designed to protect children, they can’t be relied on. Children’s curious little fingers are likely to find their way into electricity sockets, too – and if the switch is live, this can end in serious injury or even death. Socket covers (from Dh15) from Babyshop are yet another cheap and easy-to-use solution to keep your precious ones safe.
It’s always a good idea for parents to read up on first aid, or attend a short course to be fully prepared if the unthinkable occurs.
By using simple methods of childproofing the house, parents not only save their little ones from any domestic hazard, but are able to enjoy their children’s early years free of worry. Now that’s a win-win for any parent!