How to Prevent Bedroom Accidents


On average, you spend one-third of your time in bed – and far longer when you are a child or ill – so the atmosphere in your bedroom should be peaceful, harmonious and, of course, safe.

Taking precautions

Fire

Never smoke in bed. It is just too dangerous a risk to take. Have a battery-operated smoke alarm installed inside, or just outside, your and your child’s bedroom; check that you can hear it wherever you are in your home.

Before going to sleep, turn off any bedside lamps, electric heaters and tele­visions. Never drape scarves over lamps to dim them or you could cause a fire. If you like having a light on in the night, buy a night-light or leave the corridor light on or replace your bedside light bulb with one of a weaker wattage.

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Medicines

Never take medicine in the dark, just in case you have picked up the wrong bottle or remembered the instructions incorrectly. Keep all medicines, includ­ing birth-control pills, hidden away if you have children.

Children’s bedrooms

Furniture and lamps

Check that your child cannot get locked in any wardrobes, closets or cupboards: all doors should be able to be opened from the inside.

Choose heavy, stable furniture which he cannot knock or pull over onto him­self and do not let a child under five sleep on a top bunk in case he falls out. Replace all free-standing lamps with wall-mounted or ceiling lights which cannot be knocked over or cause a fire.

Materials

Make sure that all the paint used in your child’s room is lead-free and non-toxic, especially that on your baby’s cot. Why not buy a cot with a natural wood finish and simply polish it with beeswax? Natural fibre bedding, such as un­treated cotton flannelette sheets and cellular cottton blankets, are best for you and your child. Wash them before using for the first time.

In bed

Do not give a child a pillow in bed until he asks for one; he might be smothered. If you need to raise his head because he has a cold, put one under the mattress. Never let a cat or dog sleep with a baby in case it lies on his face, and never leave a baby alone in bed with a propped-up bottle or potato crisps or nuts in case he chokes. In homes where you might not hear your baby scream, you should always have a baby alarm. There are several kinds available, one of the best being the sort that has a battery-powered intercom that you can carry with you from room to room.

Heaters

To make sure children do not burn their hands on central heating radiators, fit them with a thermostat so you can turn the temperature down. If you do not have central heating, use a convector heater in your child’s room. They are safe to use although, like other heaters, they should never be put below curtains or used for drying clothes on.

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Other dangers

During the day keep safety plugs or night-lights in sockets so that your child cannot stick his fingers or anything else into the socket holes.

Place a safety gate outside your child’s bedroom before he can walk so that he is used to it being there. There is nothing more dangerous than a toddler climbing out of his cot and being able to fall down stairs or explore the house while you are still asleep.

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