How safe is your toddler’s bedroom?

Lots of parents will be looking at their toddlers bedrooms differently, after seeing the video which has recently gone viral, of the twin who rescued his brother from underneath a fallen dresser.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/EtsrIpeMIkE

 

Footage was captured on a ‘nanny cam’ of two year old twins  in America, who were climbing on a dresser which toppled over and pinned one of the twins underneath. He was rescued by his brother and there were no lasting injuries to either child.  There have been deaths from toddlers being crushed by fallen furniture and a significant number of children attend A &E with injuries.

 

Here are our safety tips to make sure that your toddler’s bedroom is a safe place for them to sleep and play. Toddlers   are at risk as they   love to climb and are still not able to assess the risks.

 

  • Anchor furniture (including televisions) to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps. As the video of the twins demonstrates, this can happen in an instant but by taking a few minutes to secure heavy furniture, your child can play safely.
  • Carry on using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs until your infant is at least two years old but be aware that use of gates are not recommended after 2 years.
  • Start to teach your child how to climb stairs, but never let them go up and down on their own (even four-year-olds may need some help).
  • Children under six should not sleep or play in the top bunk of a bunk bed, as they can easily fall out.
  • Windows need to be kept clear of furniture and windows fitted with locks. The key needs to be kept in a safe place in case of fire.
  • Scissors, knives and razors need to be stored out of children’s reach.
  • Special devices can stop doors from closing properly, preventing your child’s fingers getting trapped. At night, remember to close doors to stop any potential fires from spreading.
  • If furniture has sharp corners, use corner protectors to prevent your child from hurting their head/eyes.

 

Window blinds pose a strangulation risk and should be fitted with safety devices to prevent this.  Blinds that don’t have safety devices need to be hooked up out of the way with blind cleats or cord tidies. Better still avoid blinds with cords in a child’s bedroom.

 

For further advice about all aspects of child home safety see www.rospa.com and www.capt.org

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