HOW TO CHILDPROOF YOUR FIREPLACE?
Install a childproof fireplace screen or a childproof barrier gate that covers the entire fireplace and that is kept it in place when a fire is burning – make sure your screen is secured to the wall with a detachable latch that is out of your little one’s reach on the inside. The detachable latch will make it easy to access when cleaning and packing the fire. Scroll down for more info and pictures.
PREVENTING BURNS & SCALDS
- Teach a child about the dangers of heat from an early age.
- Ensure your First Aid Kit is stocked with Burn Aids, visit: https://www.burnshield.com/products/first-aid/first-aid-kits/ for more options.
- Don’t carry hot food or beverages and your baby at the same time.
- Keep hot food and beverages away from edges of tables and counters. Always test hot food & beverages, especially when reheated in the microwave.
- Don’t hold baby while cooking at stove.
- Always turn a stove off at the main switch.
- Turn pot handles toward back of stove.
- Cook on the back burner when possible.
- Secure oven door with a Glass Cabinet Latch or a Dreambaby Ezy-Check Swivel Appliance Latch
- Use heat sensitive spoons when feeding, to prevent burning sensitive little mouths.
- Use a Dreambaby stove top guard that block access to burners.
- Do not leave a boiling kettle; hot drinks or foods near the edge of a counter or table.
- Put tablecloths away, they can be pulled – use place mats instead.
- Keep heaters, candles & paraffin stoves well away from children. Invest in an electric wall panel heater, these are safe to use around children and pets and have other major advantages. For larger rooms that need more heat install a “bathroom heater” at the top of the wall with a pull switch.
- When using gas heaters (not ideal), make sure the connection to the gas bottle at the back is safe and secure. Gas must be turned off when not in use. Enclose the front with a firescreen that is attached with cabin hooks and install solid brackets in the corners to make the screen more secure.
- Avoid using any explosives such as fireworks near children & animals. These pose a fire hazard as well as a deafening hazard to children & can create anxiety & fear.
- Keep matches, lighters & candles out of reach completely.
- Empty all ashtrays immediately after use; never leave a cigarette burning in the ashtray.
- Install a fireplace screen that covers the entire fireplace and keep it in place when a fire is burning – contact us for more info on installing.
- For the best quality Child Proof Fire Screens visit: http://fireplaceaccessories.co.za/48-child-pet-protectors
- Stow logs, matches, fire lighters and fireplace tools out of reach.
- Check batteries in smoke detectors monthly.
- Buy a fire extinguisher. There are small fire extinguishers on the market that are no larger than normal aerosol cans. Keep one in the kitchen, one in the garage and one in the car. You will be very grateful for this when you suddenly need it. And keep all matches and lighters away from children. These are not toys.
- Chuck out flammable substances. Garages are often used as storage spaces for a thousand different things – including half cans of petrol or paraffin or gas bottles. It is never a good idea to keep this kind of thing lying around. Even if they don’t cause the fire, they will add many flames to it if something else should ignite.
- Have a first aid kit that has available aids for burn wounds.
- Review your fire escape route. Always have an exit route. Should your home suddenly catch fire, will your family be trapped inside it? Make sure that there are keys to security doors in fixed places inside the house other than on your car keys, which you may not be able to find in an emergency.
- Ensure Gas Bottles are kept in a secure locked cage outside the house inaccessible to children and teenagers.
- Always be vigilant with gas bottles ensuring they sealed properly with no leaks
- PRINT OUT ALL EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS and place them within reach for a child (that can read) to access quickly. Make sure they know what this list is for.
- Keep all important numbers (EMS – emergency medical services) by the phone in the house: Ambulance; Fire; Doctor; nearest hospital emergency room; nearest poison control helpline; the police; etc.
- NB NB NB! Do NOT take for granted that these numbers are always in use. Update these numbers regularly by phoning & checking that they exist; however trying not to hold up the lines in case of a real emergency incoming call.
- Covid 19 – WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456
- COVID – 19 Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999
- Netcare 911: 082 911
- Emergency – Ambulance & Police – 10177
- Fire / Ambulance – 011 375 5911
- Emergency – Cell phone – 112
- Emergency – National – 10111
- Difficulty with emergency services – 1022
- ER24 Call Centre: 084 124
- Child Emergency – 0800 123 321
- Poison Information Centre’s in South Africa
- Red Cross Children’s Hospital (021) 689-5227
- Tygerberg Hospital: (021) 931 6129
- St John’s Ambulance – 011 403 4227
- Water – 011 688 1500
- Electricity – 011 375 5555
- Disaster Management – 011 375 5911
- Poison Control Helpline – 0861 555 777
- Gas Leaks and Faults – 011 726 3138
- Childline – 0800 055 555
I hope this information has provided some valuable tips and advice, should you wish to book a safety consultation to baby proof your home, kindly contact Michelle on 082 499 5858 or email: email@example.com