At Home with Carol Vorderman 2013 - (Page 222)

Out of harm’s IT’S EVERY PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE WHEN A CHILD FALLS DOWN THE STAIRS OR HE PUTS SOMETHING POISONOUS IN HIS MOUTH. BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT SUCH DANGER IN YOUR HOME? way T he age of your child can have a big impact on what you need to think about when it comes to making sure he is safe from accidents that happen in the home. Whether your children are babies, toddlers or teens, there are always issues to bear in mind. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), children aged from birth to four years old are those most at risk of accidents in the home, with falls accounting for most non-fatal accidents, followed closely by severe heat-related injuries. Perhaps surprisingly, the largest number of accidents happen in the living/dining room, but the more serious accidents often occur in the kitchen and on the stairs. On an annual basis, more than 67,000 children experience an accident in the kitchen, while around 58,000 children have accidents on the stairs. So, here are the things you should prevent – now – to keep everyone under your roof safe and sound: SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS Forty-four per cent of all accidents in the home are the direct result of a fall of some description. STAIRS Ensure you install a safety gate at both the top and bottom of any staircases in your house. Every time you go through it, double check that it is closed safely, otherwise not only do you risk your child falling down a flight of stairs, but you may also risk injuries to little fingers and hands if they get a digit caught in the workings of it. Buy the British Standards Institution’s online PDF (BS EN 1930:2011) for more details on safety barriers, safety methods and testing requirements for gates. 222 | JUNE 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of At Home with Carol Vorderman 2013

Editor's letter
Carol's hello
Summer days
Rear of the year
Shades of citrus
Maxi moment
Good for the sole
Razzle dazzle
Swing by the sixties
All shapes and sizes
Steal her look
The swimwear round
A moment with Carol
Beaming with pride
Loose women
Forever friends
What men want
The D word
Fear not
Keep your flirt on
Sex on fire
Culinary classics
Food glorious food
At a pinch
Oiling the meals
Flaming hot
Under the grill
Raise a glass
Water works
Weight-dropping wonders
Tuck in
Home improvements
Holiday hazards
Proceed with caution
Warning signs
Down to the bare bones
Back on track
A sorry sight
20 under £20
How do they do it?
Rewind time
Lacklustre locks?
Pearly brights
Good job hunting
Old timers
The golden years
Cash in a flash
Money guru
Foster the love
Child's play
Easy as 1, 2, 3?
Summertime accessories
Those in glass houses
On the tiles
Home safe home
Savvy traveller
Holiday honcho
Port of call
Here come the girls
It's a numbers game
Book it in
Up, up and away!
Last word

At Home with Carol Vorderman 2013