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    Keeping your baby safe is often a major concern for new parents but among all the pressures of parenthood some important steps can be forgotten. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) provides a handy check list that will help to keep your child safe in the first year.

    Falls
    • Beware:  your baby will move faster than you  think when learning to crawl.
    • As soon as babies can  raise themselves, they are able to roll – Never leave a baby on a raised surface.
    • Never leave trip hazards on the stairs.    
    • Fit a safety gate conforming to EN1930:2000 at the top and bottom of stairs. 
    Hot Drinks
    • A child’s skin is much more sensitive than an adult’s and a hot drink can still scald a child 15 minutes after being made.
    • Never hold a hot drink and a child at the same time.
    • Keep hot drinks out of reach and away from the edges of tables and worktops.
    Bath time
    • When running a bath turn the cold water on first and always test the water temperature with your elbow before letting a child get into the water. 
    • Never leave young children alone in the bathroom.
    • Make sure that a baby bath is on a firm surface.
    Burns
    • Always use a fireguard secured to the wall.     
    • Keep hot irons, curling tongs and hair straighteners out of reach even when cooling down.
    Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation
    • Never go to sleep with your baby in your bed. 
    • Lie a small baby down on his/her back and make sure the child’s feet are at the bottom of the cot. 
    • Never leave a baby or toddler to feed alone.
    • Choose toys appropriate to the age of the child. 
    • Ensure that small objects such as marbles,peanuts and small toys and plastic bags are kept out of reach of children under 3 years old.: • Install blinds that do not have a cord,particularly in a child’s bedroom. 
    • Keep cords on curtains short and out of reach. A variety of cleats and cord tidies are available.
    • Don’t hang draw string bags where a small child could get their head through the loop of the drawstring.

    Much more information is available at: http://www.safeathome.rospa.com/



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