Do you know what the most dangeous room in the home is?

Did you know that more accidents happen at home than anywhere else? In fact, The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) states that more children die annually because of accidents than illnesses such as meningitis. It’s a shocking statistic but what is the most dangerous room and what steps can you take to avoid mishaps happening there?

In a recent survey conducted by Lindam, the UK’s number one home safety brand (www.lindam.com), over half of parents said that they thought the kitchen was the most dangerous place for a child to be. However, out of the 65 per cent of mums who admitted to their little one taking a tumble in the home, it was the lounge that came in as the most dangerous room in the home.

Out of all the places for a little one to have an accident, you may not have considered the lounge to be particularly hazardous one! But it’s one of the most used rooms in the house – a place where many of us go to relax and feel comfortable and children can often spend a lot of time playing in there. Statistics collected by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show that slips, trips and falls are the most common home accident[4] and when this is coupled this with sharp corners on furniture, loose wires on the ground and uncovered electrical sockets it’s not hard to see how most accidents happen in the lounge.

With that in mind, it’s essential that measures are taken to safeguard everyday items and keep the whole family safe.

Getting down on your hands and knees to look at the world through a child’s eyes is the perfect way of spotting potential hazards at a little one’s level. As one of the most dangerous rooms in the home, it is also fundamental that items in the lounge such as heavy vases, ornaments and photo frames are kept out of reach of children as well as items such as loose DVD’s and CD’s being stored in cupboards and secured with safety drawer and cupboard latches. Ensure that loose wires are securely tucked away and fireplaces are protected by fireguards or hearth guards making them completely inaccessible to babies, toddlers and children.

There are an infinite number of risks facing children in the home and it is imperative that parents become aware of the key dangers in the home and take active steps to prevent them. Home safety can be daunting for parents but with Lindam parents are offered reassurance and advice to avoid many of these preventable accidents from taking place.

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