Our homes are often places that we feel safe and secure, however, did you know that they are the most common location where childhood injuries occur? As we all try to keep warm during winter, Kidsafe have provided their top 4 tips to help you keep your family safe.
#1 Reduce the risk of burns and scalds
The most common causes of burns to children are hot drinks, food and water.
Kidsafe have developed a free Burns Safety Checklist with practical tips to help you identify and reduce the risks posed by a range of common household burn and scald hazards.
#2 Check your smoke alarms regularly
Only working smoke alarms save lives, so it’s important to ensure that you check them every month by pressing the button to make sure it beeps and change the batteries every year.
To learn more about smoke alarms, please visit Fire Rescue Victoria.
#3 Service gas and fuel-burning appliances
Do you know when your gas heater was last serviced by a professional? If you don’t know, then chances are it was too long ago.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a hidden danger that many people are unaware of. It is a toxic gas with fumes that are impossible to see, smell or taste, which is why it is often referred to as the silent killer. It’s recommended that all gas and fuel-burning appliances are serviced at least once every 2 years by a qualified gasfitter.
For more information visit Energy Safe Victoria.
#4 Secure curtain and blind cords
Loose curtain and blind cords pose a significant strangulation hazard for children. To help reduce the risk:
- Check each room of your home and secure any loose cords out of reach of children - at least 1.6m above floor level - with cleats or cord tensioning devices. These can be purchased from your local hardware store.
- Keep furniture away from windows where children can reach them.
For more information, please visit Curtain and Blind Cord Safety on Kidsafe Victoria.
These are just a few tips to help you create a safer home environment for your little ones. For more information and advice, please visit Kidsafe Victoria.
Article supplied by Kidsafe.