Some weeks ago Playtime Seychelles got a donation of 50000 SCR for our project “Safe Children Happy Parents!”.
On Friday I ordered 1000 copies of the new version of our publication “Safe Children Happy Parents!” from the printer. The publication is in line with Playtime Seychelles goal to promote and advocate safe environments for small children. This publication is a part of a series of six publications about safe environments for small children.
In this blogpost I will share this safety publication with you.
Children explore their surroundings with great curiosity, unaware of all the risk that exist around them. For this reason, you as an adult need to keep a step ahead, in order to prevent accidents. The best thing you can do is always to keep an eye on them.
There are a lot of things that can be dangerous to your child in the kitchen. Keep knives and sharp utensils in a drawer high up, locked with a hook or a safety lock. Use hooks or safety locks to keep your cupboards closed.
A stove should have a guard protecting against burns and pulling down hot pans. If you don’t have a stove guard you can turn the pot and pan handles towards the back of the stove so your child can’t reach them.
Store chemical products in such a way, that your child can’t get hold of them. Take special care with medicines, petroleum products and corrosive products such as dishwasher powder. They can cause serious poisoning and burn injuries.
Pesticides for ants and insects should be stored, so that your child can’t come in contact with them.
Call the hospital if you believe your child has swallowed something poisonous!
Store your plastic bags in a drawer high up so your child can’t reach them. Plastic bags are very dangerous for small children to play with.
They can suffocate if they put the plastic bag over their head.
Small children’s fingers can easily get caught in doors. Put a wedge rubber or a hook to prevent your child from playing with the doors. A folded towel over the door is another alternative.
Windows and balconies
The balcony must be safe area. A child should not be able to climb onto the rail, nor must the rail have openings wider than maximum 10 cm. Otherwise your child might get stuck or fall out between the treads. Balconies doors and windows should have a hooks or a safety chains.
If you have a safety chain on your balcony door use a wedge rubber when the door is open. Your child’s fingers can otherwise get caught in the door if he plays with it. Adjust the length of the chain so the door can be open without your child getting out on the balcony.
Use a stair gate both at the top and bottom of the stair. Check regulary that the gates are fixed securely. The opening between the treads should not be wider than maximum 10 cm. If it is wider, your child risks to get stucked or fall through. It’s also important to ensure, that it isn’t possible to climb onto the banister rail.
If you don’t have a stair gate you can build one yourself.
Change dummies regularly. Check that there are no bite marks in the teat. Pull on the dummy to check that it’s in one piece.
If you attach a ribbon to the dummy it should not be longer than max 22 cm. With a longer ribbon the child can get the ribbon around the neck and get strangled. The dummies of the feeding bottles should also be regularly checked for bit marks.
Remember that toys for elderly children can be dangerous for small ones for example stone and glass marbles, building bricks, pieces of Lego etc.
Before you let your child play with the toys check that there are no small parts that can be detached. Avoid toys containing fragrances. If there is a ribbon attached to the toy, the ribbon shall not be longer than 22cm otherwise there is a risk that your child can get the ribbon around his neck and get strangled.
Don’t let your child have access to small objects such as coins and peanuts etc. Small things can get stuck in your child’s wind pipe and choke your child.
Avoid toys with this symbol!
Small Part Cylinder
With a small part cylinder you can check all small things that could be dangerous for your child to put in his mouth. The Small Part Cylinder have the same size as a three year old child’s windpipe.
Use a small part cylinder!
Small children examine things by putting them in their mouth. Therefor there is a risk that small toys or small parts from toys and other products get stuck in the child’s throat or get sucked into the lungs. Your child can get injuries on the airways or get choked.
Try all toys and small parts in the cylinder. If they go completely into the cylinder, then they are dangerous to your child. Things that does not go into the cylinder can still be dangerous to put in the mouth. Small balls and other round things can block the air flow.
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