How to Make your Home Safer for Children

I have two little mischievous boys. From an early age they could both spot the tiniest bit of debris on a carpet and get it into their mouths as quick as a flash, both are capable of hitting warp speed nine with very little notice and sadly neither of them seems to have any concern for their own safety when busy balancing “like a superhero” or similar. They are young boys though and that is what they do. It is our job as their parents to make our home safer so that they may enjoy the freedom to play and live without the risk of serious injury.

The majority of accidents in the home could be avoided through vigilance; being aware of risks and keeping your eyes open. With more than a third of injuries to children under the age of fourteen occurring in the home, it is wise to back up those “eyes in the back of the head” with some child-proofing and safety precautions, a few of which are listed here.

  • Secure dangerous substances
    These could be cleaning materials, household items used for maintenance, medications or indeed any number of toxic and potentially dangerous substances. Keep everything out of reach when possible and use cupboard locks and locked boxes in addition to this.
  • Use smoke detectors
    Not only should you have smoke detectors in your home, you should have detectors that are tested regularly and which work. Mains operated detectors with battery back-up are great, but any working smoke detector will give you warning in the event of a fire and buy you precious time to evacuate your family safely.
  • Have a carbon monoxide detector in place
    Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because unlike other gases it is colourless, odourless and tasteless, making detection difficult. Long-term concerns for those who are exposed for any length of time include neurological damage and even death.
  • Cover your plugs
    It takes just seconds for a child to pick something up and shove it into the hole on a wall socket. The potential for injury or worse here is great if steps are not taken to eliminate the threat. Plug covers are widely available online, and are a very effective way to prevent children from accidental electric shocks.
  • Reduce the risk of trips and falls
    Many injuries are caused by trips and falls, and often many of them could be avoided if the environment were better arranged. Clear clutter, secure rugs and runners, install baby gates where appropriate and keep your eyes open for hazards. Protective corners for sharp coffee tables and other pieces of furniture could reduce the damage when trips do occur.
  • Be wary of water
    It takes only a couple of inches of water to drown an infant. Never leave a young one in the bath unattended, be aware of ponds and water features and remember that as fun as water is, it can kill.

These are just a few top tips for safeguarding your children when at home. It only takes a minute for something awful to happen, so regularly have a safety walk-around, checking that everything is in place, that batteries for the smoke alarm don’t need replacing and generally assessing your environment as your children grow (and are able to reach more or climb higher!).

I am freelance writerand blogger writing on behalf of MORE TH>N. These are my own thoughts and do not represent the views of MORE TH>N. Visit their website for more information on home insurance from MORE TH>N.

5 budgeting tips which will ultimately save you money.

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After my eldest was born I gave up my very well paid job so I could work from home instead and still be with my son. Needless to say our finances took a hammering as a result of this and as a consequence we had to become pretty savvy when it came to budgeting and cutting costs. These five tips are what we found saved us the most money.

  1. Don’t skimp on insurance, by taking a few minutes to compare home insurance, car insurance, and even pet insurance you can make sure you have the cover you need. As much as we all balk at paying out for insurances we all kick ourselves down the road when something goes wrong and we end up paying bulk amounts to repair or replace something that could have been covered by our insurance.
  2. Don’t assume the best deals are for new customers. Mobile phone companies especially have their own retention teams. If you aren’t happy with what you are paying it is worth giving them a ring and seeing if you can switch tariffs. It’s not always possible and it depends on your contract but I’ve saved as much as £10 a month by taking the time to ask.
  3. Keep an eye on your usage. Send in your own gas and electricity meter readings so that your bill is more accurate, bills are estimated otherwise and you can end up paying out more than is necessary. The same goes for broadband usage. Your provider can tell you how much of your download allowance you are using each month. I have previously been on an “all bells and whistles” unlimited package (because I assumed I needed it) but as we rarely download I wasn’t actually using much at all and reduced my package cost by £15 a month!
  4. Grocery shop online. I used to think this would cost me more as I had to pay for delivery. In actual fact I save an average of £14 a week shopping online, rather than in store. Grocery shopping online gets easier and easier, the items you use regularly are stored online for you to add to your basket, you can keep an eye on exactly how much you are putting in your basket and you can say goodbye to impulse buys. Online food shopping is also good for the waistline!
  5. Cancel the un-necessaries! When starting a diet the first thing you do is cut out the rubbish, stop eating cake and stop buying crisps. When giving your budget a makeover you do pretty much the same thing. Cancel the magazine and newspaper subscriptions (you can read them online most of the time anyway), downgrade the Sky package (how often do you watch the Movies?) and make your own takeaway food rather than having it delivered.

I refuse to pay more than I should so take a few minutes to think about the above and make sure you don’t have to either.