Sadly, today is the final day of our advice and we hope you have all found it useful! Around Christmas our statistics show that falls cause the most injuries. Supervising your young child wherever he or she may be would prevent these incidents and injuries from occurring, but our guidance below will also aim to help you achieve this.
- If you are visiting family or friends, be sure to check their houses for any dangers that may cause injuries to your child. Look out for clutter, specifically around the stairs, and ask that rooms are well lit to avoid slips, trips and falls.
- If your child is old enough to understand, educate them about what they can or can’t do around someone else’s home. Tell them the stairs are out of bounds and not to climb on, and jump off, furniture.
- If you have smaller children, remember to not change them on elevated surfaces. Do not place them in a car seat or carrier on a table, as if it is knocked off in error this could injure your child.
- Don’t be too afraid of getting down on your hands and knees and having a look around the home you are visiting to see things from your child’s perspective! This will help you understand any hidden dangers that may be around.
- Above all, supervision is key! Different surroundings will likely make your child want to explore. With hot food possibly being made and maybe alcohol being consumed by you or others, the risk of injury increases. If people have had a drink or two, try to encourage them not to pick up or pass around your small child.
Above all, stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Buy Wise Be Safe.