Family safety week – staying safe at sleeptime
1st April 2019
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents like to shine the light on keeping families safe during family safety week, which runs from 1-5 April this year. Every week at least one child under the age of 5 is killed because of an accident, with disadvantaged children being the most at risk. Such simple things can help to prevent accidents so forming good safety habits is key.
In aid of family safety week, will we be posting a blog post each day highlighting key areas and how to stay safe. A lot of these suggestions are obvious but if it helps somebody to stay safe then its worth everyone reading. Todays post is focused on Bedtime.
Staying safe at bedtime and in the bedroom.
- Always anchor drawers, wardrobes and other big furniture to the walls. Children like to climb and often use furniture to get something they want, especially toys on top of drawers/wardrobes etc.
- do not put furniture near windows, or ensure that windows are locked or have window restrictors fitted. Again, children enjoy climbing and could put themselves into very serious danger if they are able to climb near to an open window.
- keep blind cords wrapped up out of reach or have cords that are already looped and therefore high up, this will prevent strangulation.
- have safety gates in appropriate locations, such as at the top of the stairs or even on the children’s bedroom doorway to prevent them getting near to the top of stairs.
- do not leave nappy sacks in reach of the children. These are the perfect size for children’s heads and they can suffocate.
- Cots should be free of any clutter. Do not keep excessive amounts of soft toys in a baby’s cot. And do not use cot bumpers. For under ones use one blanket, or a sleeping bag and do not use a pillow.
- Put babies on their back, towards the bottom of the cot at sleep time and this will prevent them from moving down under the blanket and potentially suffocating.
- do not put a baby’s cot/bed near the radiator or close to a window. The ideal room temperature is between 16-20 Celsius
- never use a hot water bottle or electric blanket in a childs cot/bed.
- putting children in a cot on their own is considered the safest option to prevent SIDS but co-sleeping can be practised if carried out correctly.
Our next blog post on staying safe at bath time will be posted tomorrow, stay safe!