Safety first: the lounge
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While the kitchen and stair might be where the most dangerous accidents happen, the lounge is where the most reported accidents (less fatal) occur. This is why you have to:
- Don't polish wooden floors. It makes them more slippery.
- Never let your children run in the lounge or run/walk in socks.
- Secure loose rigs and carpets. Secure bookshelves to the wall as children can pull these onto themselves.
- Tie away the loops of blind cords. These can cause strangulation.
- Make sure that all electric plug points that aren't in use are fitted with safety covers and don't overload electrical sockets as this is a fire hazard.
- Don't place extension cords under carpets that serve as a walkway.
- Don't leave knitting needles or other dangerous craft objects lying around.
- If you have older children and toddlers, never leave marbles, Lego or other small toys lying around. These are serious choking hazards. Sharp pencil crayons should be packed away too to avoid eye-poking.
- Always pick up toys and other objects from stairs. Try to tidy up toys in passages to avoid tripping and falling.
- Make sure that there are stickers on glass doors at your toddler's eye level.
- Lock away all alcohol.
- Never leave matches or lighters lying around and always place fireguards in front of the fireplace if you have one.
- Don't let your kids climb on the furniture- it's a long way to fall.
- If you live on the first floor and don't have burglar bars, install locks that will stop windows from opening too wide.
- Settle down with a nice cup of hot tea, but never drink it while breastfeeding or when little kids are around. Don't put hot drinks on coffee tables.