The most jubilant time of the year is fast approaching, and many of us will soon be overwhelmed with a demand for gifts, arranging celebrations and family commitments. Considering the stress associated with this chaotic change of pace, it’s no wonder numerous individuals disregard the most important concern of all – your family’s continued safety.
With all the festivities, relatives and yuletide wishes rolling around, it’s not surprising that we’re at our most accident-prone during this time. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states that “more than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year, for which they are taken to accident and emergency units.”
The clamour and commotion we’re exposed to during this time creates additional stress, which can be a contributing factor towards forgetfulness and clumsiness. There are several solutions that the experts recommend however, some of which you might want to incorporate into your repertoire this Christmas.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust encourages the purchase of toys from credible retailers only, and to make certain that no relative leaves any dangerous medication unguarded. Doors without hinge guards pose an increasing liability as well, with the BBC stating that children’s door crushing finger injuries can be lifelong.
Caution also needs to be applied where any sharp corners can be found on your furniture, countertops and kitchen appliances – the kitchen is hazardous enough for children without throwing even more dangers into the fray. For instance, Hamilton Billiards sells snooker tables that have the corners sanded down, and a variety of other customisations can be applied to your chosen model as well.
Potentially the most dangerous hazard of all, fire safety is often bypassed or paid a lack of attention. With so many fairy lights, candles, flammable decorations and fern trees strewn about, it’s easy to see why fires are more common during the Winter months. Thankfully, Ironmongery Experts sell Dorgard fire door retainers, a simple solution to the increased risk. Designed to wirelessly close the door it holds open upon the sound of the fire alarm, these battery-powered, easy to install devices create a synergy between your fire alarm and every door affixed with a Dorgard as they work in tandem.
And if any lifting, shifting or installing is beyond your capacity, Handy Squad is a handyman company based in London proficient in child-proofing and baby-proofing homes, as well as a whole host of other services purposed with making your life more convenient, especially during the more taxing periods.
Whatever your woes this Winter, don’t let your family’s safety be one of them. They’re the most important gift you’ll ever receive, after all.