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Bedroom Safety for Children

A bedroom should be a safe place in your home.

When decorating and arranging your child’s room, you want to be sure that there is no chance of a dangerous accident happening. To help ensure that your child is the safest that s/he can be in their bedroom, follow these tips:

0-3 year old’s room

Keep any toys, blankets and pillows out of the baby’s cot to prevent suffocation.

Don’t hang anything from the cot, as this is a risk of strangulation.

Make sure all bolts and screws are tightened in the cot and in toddler beds. This will ensure that the cot/bed does not fall apart while your child is sleeping – or loose screws are not found and consumed, posing a choking hazard.

Place a nightlight in the room. For children who can walk and sleep in a toddler bed, the nightlight will provide them with light to see at night. Many children are scared of the dark so this will help them to feel safe.

Smoke alarms should be installed near the bedroom.

Fit strengthened fly screens to the windows, and/or window grilles, will help prevent falling through windows, especially in 2 storey homes and apartments.

Ensure all blinds with chains have them fitted to child safety specifications so there is no hazard of choking or strangulation.

Keep items that can be used for climbing away from windows and any other areas that can pose a risk to their safety.

The best toy chest for a young child is one without a lid. However, if you do purchase one with a lid, make sure that there are holes in the top in case your child is to get trapped.

4-12 year old’s room

Follow guidelines above, but also:

Kids around 4-9 years of age are usually running around a lot.

Ensure the flooring materials will help safeguard them from slipping and falling.

The doors in your child’s room should not have locks on them. Or if they do, ensure that you can unlock them from the outside.

Be conscious of any glass products placed in the room.

Ensure that you regularly check the furniture for any loose pieces. If there are any, ensure that you fix them to prevent injuries.

Use guard rails for bunk beds to ensure kids can’t fall off.

Anchor bookcases and dressers to the wall. This will help prevent these pieces of furniture from falling on top of them when they attempt to scale them – because they will want to reach that toy on the top shelf.

Insist that all toys be picked up off the floor.

Preteen’s and teenager’s room

Apart from the guidelines above, also:

Ensure that the plugs are not overloaded. This could cause overheating which will then lead to fires.

Insist that the floor be cleared of any books, papers, objects, and clothes.

Keep lamps away from flammable objects.

There should be no electrical cords underneath the rug/carpet.

As the kids get older you should be able to start trusting that they won’t need periodic reminders to be safe. However, no matter the age, check your child’s room regularly to be sure that there aren’t any dangers looming.

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