From hot hobs to sharp counter edges, sockets, and loose wires, your house is filled with potential dangers for children. A new report by The Compensation Experts decided to question parents on the safety features they have and haven’t installed in their homes to help reduce accidents.
The Compensation Experts questioned 1,000 parents with children to reveal how many homes aren’t installing injury-preventing equipment such as stair gates. The below table reveals the percentage of parents who have not installed basic protection features around the home, as well as the hazards this can cause:
|Safety feature||% of parents who have never installed this feature||% of parents who claim their child has been injured in this area|
|Hob safeguard||50% of parents have never installed a hob safeguard||16% of parents state that their children have burnt themselves on a hob before|
|Table corner guards||42% of parents have never installed rubber table corner guards.||27% of parents state that their children have injured themselves by hitting their heads on table corners.
|Cupboard safety locks||41% of parents have never installed cupboard safety locks||13% of parents state that their children have accidentally consumed detergent pods
|Electrical plug socket guards||40% of parents have never installed electrical plug socket guards||13% of parents state that their children have injured themselves on electrical sockets before
|Stairgate||37% of parents have never installed a stair gate||33% of parents state that their children have injured themselves falling on the stairs
|Bed/crib barriers||34% of parents have never installed bed/crib barriers!||23% of parents state that their children have injured themselves falling from a bed or crib.
So what are the most dangerous rooms in the house? Well, the survey of 1,000 parents revealed that the most common room for an accident to occur is the living room, with 43% of parents stating their child has injured themselves in this room. The most dangerous rooms in the home, based on accidents can be seen below!
|Room||% of respondents who said their child had injured themselves in this room|
Injury Prevention Top Tips
Cupboard safety locks
These inexpensive plastic locks will prevent children from opening cupboards and trapping their fingers.
Place childproof covers on oven hobs and stoves to prevent nasty burns.
Electric plug sockets guard
Keep all electrical cables out of reach and insert plastic socket covers to prevent your child from touching electrical outlets.
Rubber corner guard
Childproof all sharp corner edges with rubber corner guards to prevent head bumps and injuries to the eye.
A baby gate is an efficient way to stop children from getting into a room on their own. A baby gate will allow you to rest easy, knowing that your child is safe.