Around the house
These are some simple things you can do to help keep children safe around your home.
- Locate furniture away from windows where a child can't climb up and out a window
- Locate heaters at least one metre away from anything flammable, such as curtains
- Install an electrical safety switch to minimise the risk of electric shock injuries, deaths or fires
- Use power boards instead of double adaptors, and do not overload them
- Switch off and unplug electrical devices when not in use
- Do not use extension cords in areas where they may be tripped over or pulled out accidentally
- Attach safety barriers to the top and bottom of stairs to prevent falls if there is a baby or infant in the home
- Keep cords for blinds and curtains out of reach of children
- Install smoke alarms - at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home (this is a legal requirement in NSW and anyone who does not comply is guilty of an offence and can be fined)
- Keep smoke alarms in working order(check twice a year and change batteries once a year)
- Have a fire escape plan and practice it regularly
- Keep phone numbers of the police, fire brigade, ambulance and Poisons Information Centres handy
- Clean surfaces regularly, especially when someone is ill and immediately if contaminated by bodily fluids, blood, faeces or vomit
- Clean a babies change table at least daily and whenever dirty
- Regularly wash children's toys
- Keep pets clean and regularly empty litter trays
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