How to make your home child friendly & stylish: Part 3

Guest post: 3. Safety tips

My baby girl started rolling over before she learned to crawl and one day managed to travel across the room and in a blink of an eye got wedged beneath the radiator. Luckily the radiator was off as it was summer, but it made me realise how easy it is to have an accident. This pretty bedroom, from House to Home, is super gorgeous with a radiator cover for protection.

4Child friendly room for a princessI asked friends, Ryan Hirst from Eurofit and Judy Moore from Home Safety Scene, who are experts in their field, for advice regarding child safety in the home. This is what they said:

Kitchens with Ryan: ’We recommend using soft close hinges. They behave in the same way as a normal hinge however with a built-in anti-slam system they allow kitchen cupboards to close carefully thus protecting little fingers. We also recommend using universal drawer dampers which attach to your cabinet and when the drawer shuts the anti-slam piston takes over. And consider installing child proof locks on kitchen cupboards that may contain hazardous materials. For example, the under sink cupboard will probably contain cleaning products such as bleach and fabric softener and it’s best to ensure children cannot access them.”

Bathrooms with Judy: “Keep all medications and beauty products out of children’s reach and use child safety locks on bathroom vanities. Bathtubs should be slip resistant; children often lack the strength and co-ordination to prevent a fall if they’re off balance. Use a slip-resistant tub mat. Grab bars are a great safety feature for kids as well as seniors. Never leave children unsupervised in the tub; a child can drown in as little as two inches of water.”

Yasmin Chopin is an interior designer based in the UK. She designs interiors, writes about interiors, teaches interior design and speaks about interiors. She has an active presence internationally on social media and her website blog, www.YasminChopin.com, displays the ‘Blog with Integrity’ badge. To download this series of posts in pdf format and for lots more interiors ideas join her mailing list.

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