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As we are spending all day at home in this exceptional situation, it’s natural for your children to be curious about all the exciting objects there are to touch and play with at home. One of the areas your little one might be eager to explore? The laundry! With electrical appliances, laundry products, and colourful accessories around, making sure your laundry room is safe is an important part of protecting your child from accidental injury.
Read on to get some great tips on child safety for the laundry area of your home.
The first step to help prevent accidents is keep the door to your laundry room closed, or by adding a safety gate to the entry to keep your little one out of the laundry area.
If you decide to install a latch, remember to make sure it can be unlocked from outside, just in case your child gets locked in.
While you need the best cleaning detergents to make your laundry clean and soft, detergents should always be kept away from your child. Remember, detergents should never get close to their mouths or on their skin.
For babies and toddlers, detergents and especially capsules can seem attractive. Therefore, your child might be tempted to pop one in his or her mouth, especially if they are at the teething stage.
While the plastic film on the outside of capsules may seem like it’s sealed and keeps children protected, this film is water-soluble and dissolves as soon as it gets wet. This means your little one’s sticky fingers or mouth can expose your child to the powerful detergent inside. As capsules are more concentrated than other detergents, this can lead to serious illness.
Therefore, it’s very important to keep detergents stored away up high or locked away and out of reach and out of sight.
Here are even more tips on how to make your house safer for your children and store laundry products safely:
Children are curious by nature and will play with anything, and the washing machine, especially with all its buttons, dials and flashing lights, is no exception.
These are some things you can do to keep your child safe and away from your washing and ironing appliances, and laundry cabinets:
Use this handy checklist to help make the home as safe as possible for your child.
Close liquid laundry capsule packs with a click and always keep them out of reach of children
|How do you install baby resistant cabinet locks?||You can fit safety catches onto a regular cupboard, or buy a cabinet with a lock and key. Most DIY stores will have child-resistant locks. These should come with instructions on how to install them.|
|When’s the right time to make your house safer for children?||You might like to do some safety preparations before your little one is born. Then, before your baby learns to crawl, which usually happens at around 7 to 10 months, go around your home once again and check to make sure it’s safe for your crawling baby. Before your little one starts to walk, double check your home to ensure it’s child resistant as your curious toddler starts to walk and explore even more areas of your home.|
By following these child safety recommendations for the laundry area, as well as the advice at for the rest of your home, you can feel more confident that your little one can safely explore the secure areas of your home as he or she grows and develops.
|All sources links||https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/baby-safety-tips/|