Keeping your children safe is every parent's top priority, but there's a lot around the house that could prove hazardous, especially to little ones. Every year more than 67,000 children experience an accident in the kitchen – 43,000 of these are aged between 0-4 years; 58,000 children have accidents on the stairs.
Here are some tips on preventing accidents in the home.
While babies can't toddle around the house bumping into things, the greatest danger is swallowing, inhaling or choking on small items, like marbles or peanuts. So it goes without saying you should keep these items well out of reach. Two items you might not have thought about are:
When your baby starts to get more mobile, you'll realise how easy you had it before when all they did was wriggle! Toddler-proofing your home is a huge task involving many steps – here are some of the most important ones:
As your kids grow more independent, they'll want to go out to play with their friends, or walk to school on their own. Stranger danger needs to be broached sensitively – here are some pointers:
Safety4kids is a fun and interactive online resource where your little one can learn all about stranger danger and how to stay safe.
It's true that teens and older kids love their tech but ground rules need to be set to make sure they're not doing anything they shouldn't online – for their safety and for your peace of mind. So, you should:
Hopefully these tips will help your kids stay safe and happy in and around your home. If you have any advice of your own, we'd love to hear it.
At Hastings Direct, we know how important your home and its contents are to you. That's why we offer home insurance that covers you for the unexpected expense that theft, loss and damage can bring. Plus you can choose from a great range of optional extras.