This week (26 September – 2 October) is UK Home Safety Week, so with that in mind, we’ve put together some top safety tips to make sure that you and your families don’t have any nasty accidents around the house.
Keep battery devices out of reach of children
Small children love to explore every nook and cranny of the house, and more often than not when they come across a foreign object, their first instinct is to shove it in their mouth!
And with our electronic devices getting smaller and smaller, things such as remote controls, watches, key fobs and the like are using smaller batteries.
Coin-sized lithium batteries are of particular danger of being swallowed by small children, so make sure to keep any devices which your little ones might like to dismantle well out of reach and sight.
Install carbon monoxide alarms
Appliances which use fuel are a necessity in every home, but you need to make sure that you’re also equipped with carbon monoxide alarms.
Carbon monoxide poising can occur with a number of appliances such as heaters, generators, clothes dryers and cars.
The side effects can be extremely serious and carbon monoxide poisoning can even result in death. (You can read more about the effects at the NHS website.)
Be safe with electric blankets
Here at Sleepy People we love electric blankets, especially now the nights are starting to get colder.
However, if not used correctly, they can prove to be dangerous, so there are a couple of things to bear in mind.
Firstly, young children should never use electric blankets as they’re too young to be able to safely work the controls.
You should also never run the wires from the blanket in between your mattress and the base that it sits on, as this could cause the heat from the wires to become trapped and become a fire hazard.
Take action against furniture tip-overs
It’s not something which you might think about straight away, but the dangers of your TV or other pieces of furniture tipping over onto your child are very real, and you should take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen.
One simple tip is to mount any flat screen TVs onto the wall, or with older models, put them on low and stable pieces of furniture that will support its weight.
Fit (and check!) smoke alarms
House fires are, of course, one of the most devastating accidents that can occur in the home, and for this reason, most of us have used our common sense and had smoke alarms fitted.
However, it’s really important that you make sure that they’re all working, at regular intervals.
All of the smoke alarms in the world won’t be effective if they’ve run out of batteries!
Baby sleep safety
Getting your baby off to sleep is one of the biggest challenges of being a new parent, but it’s important that you create a sleep environment that’s safe as well as comfortable.
For example, did you know that experts believe that as many as half of all babies are at risk from suffocation because of loose pillows and blankets according to this Mail article?
To help to avoid this, make sure to sleep your baby in a safe cot bed and to lie them flat on their back for sleep.
Also, make sure that you have a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet (such as our DermaTherapy sheet) which will prevent them from blocking their airways.