AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011 - (Page 314)
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safe as houses
KEEP AN EYE ON littlE ONEs tO MAKE YOurs A hAPPY, NOt A hAzArdOus, hOME
ccidents can occur anywhere in and around the home, at any time. Though our home may look child-proof, as the saying goes, ‘accidents will happen’. Alarmingly, more children die each year as a result of accidents than from illnesses such as leukaemia or meningitis. Yet most of these accidents can be avoided. Identify the potential causes of calamity in your home and take the basic safety steps to make sure your family stays free from bumps and bruises.
intriguing, make sure they are kept short and out of the child’s eye line. Getting a tie tangled around their neck could be fatal. Try and only choose toys that are designed for the age of your child. Encourage older siblings to keep their toys to themselves.
Spending an afternoon safetyproofing your furnishings could save you from hours of screaming youngsters. Check out these cheap, easy-to-fit safety devices that will keep your curious kids out of harm’s way.
Cuts from glass Dropping a bottle or
glass is an easy mistake to make, but clearing it up safely can be a tough task. The millions of tiny shards get everywhere, and are the perfect tool to puncture crawling toddlers’ hands and feet. If a glass breaks, deal with the initial damage, then keep children away from the area until it’s glass-free. Wrap in newspaper and dispose of immediately. Use safety glass where possible, glass panels used in patio areas carry a high risk factor. But if that safety option seems too pricey, apply shatterresistant film to existing glass.
falls By far the most common type
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‘the importanCe of supervision cannot be under-estimated. Fitting a fireguard or safety gate is no substitute for a parent or carer keeping an eye on what a toddler is doing,’ says Sheila Merrill, Public Health Advisor at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
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words: alice newbold | photographs: getty images | for stockists, go to pg 327
of accident, falls account for 44% of children’s accidents in the home. While babies are in danger of rolling off the edge of furniture, it’s toddlers’ eagerness to explore that causes tots to tumble. Overbalancing and falling off a Burns from open fires, surface they have clambered on to ovens, irons, boilers and other heated or falling down the stairs are the appliances can occur easily. most likely accidents. However, Switch off appliances after use we shouldn’t forget about and keep children out of the InjUrIES lInKED the dangerous heights of kitchen as far as possible. A TO pCS HAvE windows and balconies. child’s skin is much more rISEn SEvEn sensitive than an adult’s Examine TImES, WITH KIDS and hot water can scald your kitchen appliances HUrT mOST for up to 15 minutes after and furniture. If any of OfTEn it has boiled. Hot drinks are them could be pulled over, the most common cause to secure them to the wall. scalds for children under five. Home accidents send nearly a Small items such as million children to A&E departments in marbles, peanuts, buttons Britain every year. Half a million of these and stationery are very visits involve under-fives. appealing to small children, and they’ll be Keep hot drinks out of out of sight and in their reach at all times. When it’s bathtime, mouth before you know dip your elbow in the water to check the it. Curtain or blind temperature. As your child grows older, pulls are equally as teach them to test the water, too.
Burns and scalds
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011
HELLO FROM JO FROST
OUT AND ABOUT
EXTREME PARENTAL GUIDANCE
GETTING ABREAST OF IT
BOTTLE IT UP
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BABY ON THE MOVE
BREAK THE HABIT
UNDER THE WEATHER
TOP OF YOUR GAME
GET READY FOR SCHOOL
ACTING THEIR AGE
MAKE SCHOOL COOL
ALL GROWN UP?
LOVE YOUR LUNCHBOX
I DO IT MY WAY
THE BIG PICTURE
BACK TO WORK
CAREER WITH KIDS
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
HELP ME NANNY JO!
AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011