How To Make Your Living Room Safe For Children
Bumps, bangs and bruises are all part of growing up. A grazed knee or a sore finger is like a badge of honour for children, as they go tearing off on a new adventure, or are simply playing games in the living room.
Obviously, you can’t wrap them up in cotton wool, but there are a few things you can do to make sure that your kids don’t hurt themselves in your lounge. Our guide is here to help!
TIDY UP TRAILING WIRES
Trailing cables from the TV or a games console are the last thing on your children’s mind as they go racing about during a game of tag. Make sure that you tuck wires safely out of harm’s way to stop anyone from tripping up and hurting themselves. If you have too many cables to keep track of, it might be a good idea to get some racks to store them in.
ANCHOR TALL FURNITURE TO THE WALL
To make sure that your child doesn’t accidentally pull over a bookshelf or any other tall furniture, make sure that it is fastened to the wall. If you have a stand-alone bookshelf which is pretty much empty, it might be a good idea to get rid of it and put up individual shelves instead.
REPLACE DAMAGED CABLES
If you have old lamps which have seen better days and have faulty wires, get rid of them! Children love to get their hands on things, so make sure to reduce the risk of an electric shock. You can also buy cable covers for undamaged wires to make them ever safer.
WRAP UP BLIND CORDS
It doesn’t matter whether you have Roman, vertical or roller blinds: children can choke on cords if they are left hanging loose. Make sure that you tuck them safely out of reach, or use a wrap to fasten it securely to the wall. Then you won’t have to worry about your kids becoming tangled up because the cord will be fixed out of the way.
REPLACE GLASS FURNITURE AND DOORS
Falling into glass-topped tables or doors is one of the most common ways people injure themselves at home. Replace any glass-panelled doors you have, and buy a wooden coffee-table instead of a glass one. Even if you don’t have kids of your own, but friends and relatives bring theirs over, it’s a good idea to go with wood!
USE A FIREGUARD
Fireplaces can be fascinating to children, even when they aren’t being used. Put a fireguard up to stop them from hurting themselves on the hearth or burning their hands. And if the fire is on, make sure that you don’t leave them on their own.
DON’T LEAVE THE REMOTE LYING AROUND
Younger kids love to explore by putting things in their mouths, so prevent them from choking on batteries by putting the remote high up out of reach. Another simple trick is to wrap a few lengths of tape around remote to stop your children from taking the back off easily.
USE HINGE GUARDS
A trapped finger can be painful and frightening for kids. The solution is simple: use some hinge guards. They are easily to fit and don’t cost a lot. Also, they won’t cause any damage to your door.
We hope that you have enjoyed our guide to child safety. You’re probably doing many of these things already, but it always helps to have a reminder!
This has been a guest post by James Archer on behalf of Gallery Blinds.