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18 August 2003

Childproof your lounge

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Danger Prevention
Lounge
Electric plugs Electric shock Do not plug too many appliances into one socket
Cover electric sockets with heavy furniture or safety covers when not in use
Repair all worn flexes
Keep screwdrivers and other thin objects which can be inserted into plug holes far away
Lamp flex trailing across floor
D Falls, suffocation
P Shorten flexes and secure to the wall
Burns Never run electrical wires under carpets – it is a fire hazard
Book shelves
Concussion or bruising Make sure book shelves and other furniture are sturdy and cannot topple over
Fireplace Burns Put up a fireguard and fix it to the wall around any open fires
Extinguish the fire before going to bed
Furniture Bruising, lacerations or concussion Use corner or edge cushions to cover sharp corners of furniture
Tablecloths Burns Don't use tablecloths – children can pull hot drinks and food down with them
Use place mats instead
Liquor cabinet Poisoning Lock all alcohol away or store them high up where a child can't reach them
Matches/cigarettes/lighter
Burns, poisoning Never leave matches, lighters or cigarettes lying around
Blinds Strangulation Tie cords high up and out of reach
Don't allow children under five years to play with cords, ropes, etc.
 
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