This year, Child Safety Week takes place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June and promotes the theme of ‘Child Safety: Sharing is Caring’.
Child Safety Week is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and aims to reduce the number of child accidents in the UK. The campaign encourages families, friends and communities to share their experience and knowledge on child care, and places an emphasis on the simple things we can do to prevent child accidents. We all have a responsibility to create safer surroundings for children both at home and elsewhere, and it is important to make sure your plumbing and heating appliances are ‘child-friendly’.
With these 4 simple steps, you can rest easy knowing your children can fully relax and unwind in a safe home environment.
Keep curiosity at bay with storage-
When it comes to the bathroom, it is extremely important to lock away cleaning products, medicines and razors in suitable storage. It is all too easy for children to reach up for harmful products that are left on the bathtub, window sill or sink worktop. For peace of mind, consider hiding bathroom essentials in a wall-hung vanity unit or mirrored cabinet. These are easy to fit and look brilliant in any bathroom setting. For storage that holds bleach, consider adding child locks to the doors for extra safety. You can’t always rely on child-lock safety caps!
Choose the right shower for your children-
Thermostatic showers are the safest shower choice for young children. Unlike regular showers, they provide temperature stability to prevent the risk of scalding. If your cold water supply shuts off, a thermostatic shower will ensure you aren’t faced with scorching temperatures!
For ultimate safety, a digital shower will offer temperature accuracy to within a degree and can even fill up your child’s bath independently. Simply programme a safe depth and temperature for the bath, and your digital shower will do all the work for you. For getting in and out, remember to add bath strips, bath mats and grip rails to prevent any slips and trips. These are cheap to buy and are easy to fit for the time-strapped parent.
Be careful when it comes to heating-
Heating appliances can pose a serious danger to young children, so take extra precautions to ensure children are kept away from them. Never place a radiator or heating appliance near your child’s bed, and always switch off and unplug portable heaters that are left in a room with an unsupervised child. Fireguards are brilliant buys for both portable heaters and radiators and prevent children from accessing the hot grills and heating controls. Alternatively, bespoke radiator cabinets offer a more stylish aesthetic and exude elegance in a classic fashion.
For homeowners that don’t want to cover the radiators, it is easy to use Thermostatic Radiator Valves to reduce to the surface temperature of radiators to a luke-warm level. Smart TRVs even come with a child-lock so they can’t be altered by curious children!
Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm-
Carbon Monoxide poisoning affects over 200 people a year in the UK, so keep your family safe by installing a CO alarm. Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas that can quickly kill without warning. It is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels (including gas and oil) and can be released by having a faulty boiler or gas stove.
By installing a carbon monoxide alarm, you eliminate any risk of CO poisoning. They cost as little as £15 and immediately alert you to any imminent danger. For effective warning, multiple alarms should be placed around the house in the same way a fire alarm is i.e. in the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms.
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