An accident only takes a couple of seconds to happen…

As we enter the winter months it is inevitable that we will spend more time indoors. Now is a good time to reconsider the baby-proof features in your home, says Steve van Wyk from Seeff Centurion.

He offers some helpful tips to parents:

  • First and foremost it is essential to cover and enclose all outside swimming pools and water features, even if you aren’t planning to spend any time outdoors during the colder months. An accident only takes a couple of seconds to happen. Also watch out for puddles around your home after heavy rains, as a child can drown in very little water
  • Ensure that all the gates from your property to the road are secured with locks, and place the keys in a place where children can’t reach them
  • Move furniture away from windows as children can and will climb on furniture to give them access to an open window from which they can fall
  • Install safety gates at the bottom and at the top of all staircases
  • Cover all electrical sockets
  • Lock all cleaning products, pesticides, medicines, small objects which are choking hazards, etc. away
  • Get rid of any blinds or curtains with looped cords as this can pose a risk for hanging
  • If your child has just started walking, consider covering hard surfaces such as wooden floors or tiles with soft sponge mats from toy stores. This can be removed once they are more comfortable on their feet
  • Print out basic CPR information and emergency numbers and place it somewhere visible and easily accessible in case of emergency
  • Cover sharp furniture edges with safety padding, available at toy stores
  • Cover fireplaces with screens
  • Place non-slip pads under rugs and loose carpets
  • Get rid of any protruding nails