Falls are the most common type of injury at home; obvious injuries include falling down stairs but keep an eye out for other dangers like children falling from one level to another. This may include babies rolling off tables or toddlers climbing up onto tables and chairs.
As children get older dangers include children tripping when running or walking or falling over objects.
Take the following precautions to help prevent such accidents occurring:
- Fit safety catches on windows upstairs.
- Keep chairs and furniture away from windows.
- Use a stairgate (BS 4125)
- Board up horizontal banisters so that children cannot climb up them.
- Keep doors that lead to balconies locked so children cannot be left out there alone.
- Never let a child run around with toys or pens in their mouth.
- Never leave a baby unattended on a table or surface when changing their nappy as they may roll off.
- Use a baby bouncer on the floor rather than on a table.
- Wipe up spills immediately to prevent slips.
- Encourage children to put their toys away; this will help prevent children; and adults, from tripping over them.
- Fit loose carpets and don’t leave flexes trail on the floor.