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Home Safety Advice for Work-At-Home Mums

29 June 2011 No Comment

The transition from baby to toddler is an exciting time. However, for parents it is also one of the most worrying. This week is Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT) annual Child Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of accidents that happen in the home. Lindam, the UK’s number one safety brand, is this year’s sponsor of Child Safety Week and together they’re aiming to help parents reduce the number of household accidents amongst young children. Here, they share their top tips for busy working mums…

1. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is a good way for parents to be more aware of the possible danger points and make their home safe. Get down on your hands and knees and look out for low-down hazards and anything that can be opened easily, like the drawers and cupboards in your home office. You will often spot things that you wouldn’t even notice when standing.

2. Electrical sockets are the most obvious dangers as we’re all well aware of how youngsters like to push things, including their fingers, through holes and gaps, so your childproofing should include fitting blank covers into empty sockets and that’s still the case even if your sockets still have on/off switches.

3. Did you know that a baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adult? Scalding could result in your baby or toddler being scarred for life. Make sure that you keep all hot drinks away from any edges that are within easy reach of your little one and when you nip off for a coffee break never carry a hot drink and child at the same time.

4. Electrical leads and cords from computer equipment could cause serious injury to your child if they slip or trip over them. Be sure to tuck them away securely or attach them to the skirting boards.

5. Sharp edges such as those on tables, desks and chairs can be a real danger and could cause serious injuries if your child hits their head. A young toddler can also use a table to pull themselves up from seating or a crawling position, so ensure nothing that could harm your child is left on the table.

A baby’s curiosity is what can lead to both minor and serious accidents.  Before you begin to work from home, it’s important to assess your environment and take a few minutes to make it safe both for you and your child. It might take time out of your day but it could save heartache in the long run.

Lindam has created an interactive house to highlight the potential hazards that may be present in the family home and showcase how and where their award-winning safety products can be used. Log on to www.lindam.com and take the virtual tour. You can also find further information and product advice on safeguarding your home.

All Lindam safety products are available to buy at Argos (www.argos.co.uk)

Find out what Lindam is up to for Child Safety Week on Facebook. Search: Lindam UK

For more information on Child Safety Week log on to: www.childsafetyweek.org.

 

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