Collaborative Post¦ Keeping your children safe is at the forefront of every parent’s mind. While you may take steps to increase their safety when out and about, such as the use of a seatbelt, or learning to cross the road safely, you may also need to consider anything that might pose a danger within the home. Even your child’s bedroom could potentially hold items that could lead to harm. By considering these thoroughly, you may be able to give them a safe, personal space that they can enjoy.
If your child tosses and turns a lot throughout the night, a high bed may not necessarily be ideal for them. Instead, you could look at some cabin bed ideas for children that will give the bed a little bit of height, but not so much that it could pose a real danger. This can also help to alleviate the issue of chests and wardrobes being pulled over, as a lot of cabin beds do come with these built into their base. If that is not an option, you may also want to consider screwing items to the wall, making sure to use fastenings suitable for both the piece of furniture, and the type of wall they will affixed to.
Although you may not be able to see any items of risk when stood in your child’s room, your view can be dramatically different to what they can see. This can include any electricals, such as television aerials, cables, and even the sockets found in the bedroom. Keeping cables out of reach can be a good place to start. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of the child inuring themselves with the cable, such as through strangulation, but it can also help to prevent them pulling the item it is attached to down onto themselves. Previously, people used to use socket covers to protect their children, however research has now found that these can do more harm than good, including increasing the risk of electrocution and fire. Sockets should be tested regularly, and any unused plugs removed.
Whether you are a child or adult, there will come a time when you may be tempted by something you see, or hear about. While adults may be better equipped at resisting temptation, through life experience and knowledge, children may be more inclined to give in to their desires. Keeping items up high may prevent your child from touching them, but it may also be viewed as a challenge. This could lead to your child attempting to reach something that is above them, through climbing, piling, or even trying to knock the item off, but these can pose a very real danger to your child in terms of them falling, or something falling onto them. Instead, if there are items that you don’t want your child to have, do not keep them in their bedroom.
You want your child’s room to be a safe sanctuary for them to return to each day. By considering all the different aspects of this space, you can help to reduce their overall level of risk.
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