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  • Child Proofing Your Home Checklist


    • Ensure a safety switch is installed on the main switchboard to prevent electric shock
    • Put Outlet Plugs in unused power points
    • Make sure there are no dangling electrical cords that your child can reach anywhere 


    Windows, Windows, Glass , Glass Doors & Balconies & Balconies

    • Don’t put anything a child could climb onto underneath a window or edge of balconies
    • Put stickers on low windows and glass doors to help children see them
    • Consider applying shatter resistant film to any non-shatterproof windows and doors
    • If above ground floor install latches to Ensure windows can’t be opened more than 10cm
    • Teach your children to play away from windows and glass doors
    • Don’t rely on fly screens to stop your child from falling out of a window
    • Ensure balustrades on balconies are secure, intact and not loose so can’t be pulled off
    • Ensure children are always supervised on balconies


    Burns and Scalds Burns and Scalds

    • Ensure the kettle cord is out of reach of children
    • When cooking ensure pot and pan handles are turned away from the edge of the stove
    • Fit a tap guard to the hot water tap to children from turning it on
    • Fill the bath with cold water first or fit a thermostatic valve to the bathroom taps


    Heaters and Fire Hazards

    • Ensure fire alarms are installed and working correctly and test regularly
    • Keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen
    • Install guards around heaters and open fireplaces
    • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children



    • Install stair safety gates at top and bottom of stairs and make sure they are locked


    Floor Coverings

    • Put anti slip mats under rugs and mats and tack down loose carpet or rug edges
    • Wood and tile floors can be slippery when wet so clean spills up immediately



    • Keep small fridge magnets out of reach of children as they can be a chocking hazard
    • Consider installing anti opening devices for microwave, oven, fridge and dishwasher
    • Consider a locking device for dishwasher and always place dirty knifes sharp end down
    • Keep surfaces hygienically clean by wiping them down regularly
    • Keep appliance cords away from edge so children can’t pull them or use a cord shortener
    • Consider a stove guard to keep children far enough away from hot oven door
    • When cooking ensure pot and pan handles are turned away from the edge of the stove
    • Keep plastic bags out of reach as they are a suffocation hazard Keep cleaning products including dishwasher powder and tablets out of reach or secured
    • Keep sharp objects out of reach or secured
    • Keep the rubbish bin out of reach or secured so it can’t be opened by a child
    • Consider installing cupboard and drawer locks to help prevent children opening them



    • Ensure all toys are suitable for your Childs age
    • Remove and discard all packaging bore letting your child play with the toy
    • Check the toy for any loose or removable parts that could become a chocking hazard
    • Immediately repair or throw away damaged or broken toys
    • Be aware of stings, ribbons and cords as they could become a strangulation hazard
    • Ensure toys are kept hygienically clean


    Other Cautions

    • Put locks or safety latches on drawers or cupboards containing hazards to children such as medicine cabinet, cleaning products, poisons or sharp objects etc.
    • Never carry a baby with hot food or drink or never pass to a breast feeding women or lift over a child Avoid using table cloths as baby could pull it causing things on table to fall on them
    • Consider door stops and hinge protectors to prevent fingers getting trapped
    • Never leave any water in containers as babies only need a few centimeteres to drown
    • Avoid bean bags in your home as the small polystyrene balls can be a chocking hazard


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