Before your child starts walking, your house must be completely safe. You can never start too soon here. The moment that he suddenly steps around can indeed come very unexpectedly.
Research by the Consumer and Safety Foundation has shown that the number of accidents involving children aged 0 to 5 years has increased drastically.
The most common accidents are falling from the chest of drawers, stairs and climbing frame and poisonings are more common. The best way to start with this is to sit on your hands and knees and crawl around. Go look for areas and things that are (potentially) dangerous and where your child might come. Of course, your child has to learn that he can not get anywhere, but until then you have to protect him and create a safe environment for him.
Curious and researching
Babies are sometimes smarter than you think and it will amaze you what he is aware of that you have never thought about. Babies are just very curious and researching. We have a number of safety tips below but do not make a bunker of your house. Determine a number of places where your child is allowed to come. For example, aim for him a kitchen cupboard with innocent things (plastic trays etc.) so that he can satisfy his curiosity. Set up a special bookshelf with baby books that he can pack himself. By allowing your child to satisfy his curiosity in a safe environment, they can explore their limits. This is important for the development of the brain and their independence.
What do you have to pay attention to?
Never leave your child alone in the room and never leave him alone in the bath. Not even to take a towel for a while. It is important that you prepare everything in advance so that you can be with him continuously when he is in the bath. Very little water is needed for a (fatal) accident. But it is also possible that your child turns the hot water tap open so that he can injure himself.
Place an anti slip mat in the bath so that your child can not slip.
Do not leave small toys (for example from other children) or small parts lying around and make sure that no hot drinks (unguarded) are on the table. It is better to put the hot drinks a bit higher so that your child can not reach it.
Store knives and scissors securely. Protect this drawer with a childproof lock and ensure that you store the blades safely after use. Clean up your make-up and shaving equipment after use and keep shampoo and bath foam out of the reach of your child.
Do not leave plastic bags lying around.
Do not lie alone
Take care when cooking that your child can not pull a pan from the fire. Preferably keep it away from you and always place the pans with the handle pointing inwards.
Keep ashtrays out of his reach, because the ashtray is also poisonous.
Do not place the box next to a heater.
If your child is on the changing table, always keep in touch with him and do not let him 'just' lie down to get something. So make sure you prepare everything in advance and set up the changing table so that everything is within reach.
Provide safe toys. Toys that are intended for the age of your child and carry the quality mark. Nowadays, the use of soft plastic toys is not recommended in connection with 'softeners'. PVC-free toys are allowed.
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Do not let loose electrical cords run over the ground, tie up strings of blinds and curtains, so that your child can not get entangled.
Poisonous plants are best left out of the house, other plants are best placed out of reach of your child, so that he can not pull or eat from the leaves.
Latch the oven door well so that your child can not open it.
Close the toilet and bathroom door properly (if necessary, turn the door handle (s) upwards so that it can not reach it).
> Do not put (table) clothes over the tables where your child can pull himself up.
Fragile objects can be placed higher (more than a meter from the ground).
Toxic substances out of reach
Store all bottles and / or packages containing toxic substances (cleaning agents etc.) in a safe place.
Store medication in a safe place (high).
A jar of candies on the table may be fun but is dangerous for your child because of the risk of suffocation.
Reduce the temperature of the water to 50 degrees C of geyser or boiler to prevent burns.
Cover power outlets with plastic child protection plates. You can also take out your baby in the sockets where a plug is inserted.
Make sure your child can never reach an open fire (for example, a fireplace). Shield these places well.
Block the stairs with sturdy fences.
Watch out for sharp corners at tables. Round this off with soft protective corners.
Place child closures on (kitchen) cupboards and drawers that your child is not allowed to enter.
Hang towels over the top of doors to prevent your child from slamming the door with his fingers in between.
Safety in the car
A child who is transported in an approved child seat in the back seat of the car is 30% less likely to be seriously injured and even 50% less likely to be fatally injured compared to a child who is sitting on the backseat.
From 1 March 2006, new rules apply to the transport of children. Children smaller than 1.35 meters must be transported in an approved child seat (car seat or booster seat). Children over 1.35 meters must wear the seat belt.
Never leave your child alone in the car, not even for a 'few minutes'. Especially in the summer months the temperature in the car can rise quickly, making it dangerous for your child.
Safety in the barn and garden
Do not leave tools and / or hazardous substances lying around, but clean them up immediately (preferably under lock and key). Always leave hazardous substances in the original packaging and do not transfer them to a lemonade bottle, for example.
Be careful with ponds and poisonous plants (for example: Monkshood, foxglove and hogweed).
Make sure that you have a decent garden set and that the table and chairs are properly folded out. Make sure your child does not eat from mushrooms and / or plants.
Keep in mind that fertilizers, weed killers and ant poison are also very dangerous for your child.
No matter how careful you are, no matter how safe you have made the environment for your child, accidents can always happen. Therefore, make sure you always have a first aid kit in your home and that you have the basic knowledge of First Aid. Do not panic and stay calm.
Checklist safety in and around the house
01 Pictures in electrical outlets
02 Security cabinets / drawers / hazardous substances
03 Placement of stair gates
04 Door stoppers on the doors
05 Screening of table corners
06 Hob safety / Oven protection
07 Security on windows
08 Hanging medicine cabinet
09 Shielding hot heating
10 Anti-slip in bathroom and / or shower
11 Place poisonous plants out of reach
12 Wearing bicycle helmet on the bike
13 Protect the hot water tap and reduce the temperature of water to 50 degrees Celsius
14 Eliminating / securing loose cables and cords
15 Removing the lock from the WC door
16. Do not place a jar with small candies on the table
17 Place lock or hook on fridge / freezer
18 Do not use tablecloth on tables
19 Poison pointer at home
20 Smoke, fire and / or carbon monoxide alarm
21 First aid box within reach
22 Fire blanket / fire extinguisher
23 Do not let little things swing
24 No steps near windows
25 Protecting the pond in the garden
26 Safely made up bed
27 Tie up strings of blinds and curtains