Your child is your world! So when it comes to their bedroom, you should want it to be as safe as possible. From the moment they’re walking, they’re on the road to finding any hazard they can get their hands on, and it’s your job to keep those hazards at bay. Here at Kingston, we have a handy guide to keeping your child’s bedroom as safe as possible.
1. Sturdy and secure furniture
All furniture should be well constructed and any drawers or cabinets that the child shouldn’t have access to should have safety latches installed. This will prevent your child from getting hold of anything that’s not for them.
2. Pad sharp edges
Every piece of furniture is made with sharp corners, which for your child is an injury waiting to happen. Not to worry, you can find specially designed cushion guards to prevent your child from any injuries.
Though it may seem cheaper to make your own using tape and foam tubes, these can be easily removed by the child, proving them less effective.
3. Use Children’s radiator covers
Any heat source is a hazard to your child, but a radiator cover will keep them from burning themselves. At Kingston Cabinets, not only can we design a radiator cabinet to suit your child’s bedroom, but are tailored to ensure your child’s safety.
Why not contact us to see how we can help keep your child’s room a safer place?
4. Store toys at convenience
Though it may seem like a good idea, by putting a child’s toy away in drawers and boxes they are more likely to go on a hunt. This presents itself as a danger as the furniture can be knocked over, especially if your child is a climber.
Opt for easier access by storing toys in open boxes or shelves within the child’s reach.
5. Bunk Bed Safety
When sharing bunk beds, any child under the age of six should stay away from the top bunk as they are more prone to falling off. Check the security of the bunk bed before you buy, especially the ladder.
You need to ensure that the ladder is securely attached to the beds to reduce risk of injury.
6. Be careful with windows and curtains
Any curtains should be free from cords as these present a choking hazard, and all windows should have a window stop on the ground floor, and window guards on the first floor and above. These prevent the risk of your child falling out.
As for spacial awareness, all furniture should be kept away from the window.
7. Crib safety
Younger children in cribs will need extra protection regarding their cribs. When buying a crib for your young one, you should always make sure that the crib is new. Older cribs may possess a beautiful, vintage aesthetic, but they will not be up to safety standards.
The crib should also not have a drop side as these have been known to fall down and put the child in danger. Once you have bought the right crib for your child, you should register it with the manufacturer in order to be kept up to date on any potential recalls.
Bumper pads should be avoided. Although it may seem like a way to keep your child safe, the cords present a suffocation hazard. There should also be no space between the matress and the crib frame.
8. Keep electrical outlets secure
Children learn by seeing, so while you’re plugging and unplugging electricals, your child is taking note of your actions. The best way to prevent your child from copying you, install safe plates into all electrical outlets. This will ensure your child doesn’t get into any electrical danger.