Even a baby ninja would be safe in my flat

Know­ing tod­dlers like to stick fin­gers in sock­ets and sky­dive down stairs, fixes the haz­ards await­ing her new ten­ant fam­ily

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round their necks. Clearly I can’t leave them dan­gling, so I buy half a dozen cleats, one for each blind, so the cords can be tied away well out of reach of lit­tle fin­gers.

I re­alise, too, that a small child could pull the TV from its low stand with po­ten­tially dis­as­trous re­sults. The TV’s not de­signed to at­tach to the wall, so I dis­cuss with the ten­ant the pos­si­bil­ity of re­mov­ing it al­to­gether. She in­sists on keep­ing it, so in­stead I run to Ikea and buy a sturdy higher unit, which will put it out of reach of even a ninja-like toddler.

The out­side metal stair­case lead­ing to the gar­den is also of con­cern to me, as a child could crawl un­der or climb over the handrail on to the flat roof of the flat be­low, but I can’t work out how to pre­vent this. The ten­ant doesn’t seem both­ered and prom­ises to su­per­vise the chil­dren when they are out­side. I write a clause into the ten­ancy agree­ment point­ing out that it is her re­spon­si­bil­ity to do so.

I think I’ve cov­ered ev­ery­thing, but when I go round to check that the fam­ily is set­tling in okay, I see I have over­looked a ma­jor haz­ard. The spin­dles on the first-floor ban­is­ter are spaced far enough apart for an in­fant to squeeze be­tween them. Thank­fully the mum spot­ted the prob­lem and at­tached large squares of card­board to the ban­is­ter as a tem­po­rary safety mea­sure. Her hus­band has since at­tached ply­wood as a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

I hope the flat is now as safe as a soft-play area and the lit­tle mon­sters… I mean cherubs… keep their sticky fin­gers to them­selves.

£585 per week: a two-dou­ble bed­room fur­nished flat with a re­fur­bished bath­room and quiet court­yard gar­den in a pe­riod build­ing in Glouces­ter Ter­race, Hyde Park, is avail­able for long-term let through Hamp­tons (020 8012 2905).

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