Everyday around Australia preventable fires occur in the home. Fires can strike without warning at anytime. The results of a home fire can be tragic, resulting in loss of possessions, burn injuries, smoke injuries and even loss of life. A working smoke alarm protects families from these tragedies.
Curtain and blind cords can be a real danger to your children. Children can get caught in the cords and be strangled. This can happen when the cords are too long or they end in a loop, and when furniture or bedding is too close to the windows.
Little fingers can become jammed in door hinges, while open doors can allow children to access rooms that may contain hazardous items. Products can be bought to keep doors both open and closed.
The dangers associated with electrical injuries warrants specific care and safety design features to be incorporated throughout the home.
Children can be easily burnt from coming into contact with flames or the hot exterior of heaters. The choice of heating appliance, as well as the use of guards can help prevent children from being able to make this contact.
Slippery floors can increase a child’s risk of falls, while long carpet can hide hazardous items in areas such as sewing rooms.
Young children are vulnerable to injuries from furniture due to their short height, lack of coordination, lack of experience and inquisitive natures. Children may fall from furniture and furniture may fall on top of children if they attempt to climb it. Sharp corners and edges can cause contusions, bruises and abrasions, while cupboards and drawers can contain potentially hazardous items.
Falls are the most common cause of injury to children. Stairways should be designed in a way to minimise falls, and children’s access to stairs should be restricted.
Use corner protectors on benches, coffee tables and other sharp cornered furniture to minimise harm from bumps and falls
Televisions pose the combined risks of electrical items and heavy items of furniture. They can cause serious injury to children who attempt to climb upon them, as well as posing an electrocution risk.