Monday, 20 June 2011

Safe as houses? Child Safety Week Giveaway



Today marks the first day of National Child Safety Week, organised by the charity Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).  The week aims to raise awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and help advise parents on how to prevent them.

Child Safety Week runs from the 20-26th June, during which a host of activities will take place to ensure the issue of child safety is brought to the forefront of parent’s minds.

Lindam, the child safety brand, and retailer Argos are proud to be supporting Child Safety Week 2011. 



We are big fans of Lindam's products, with many of them in daily use around our home - stair gates, cupboard locks, socket covers and when Ruby was younger, we used Lindam corner protectors on furniture and door stoppers to prevent little fingers getting trapped.



I know from some of my contact and fundraising with the Children's Trust, that an accident can happen to any child, and lives can be changed in a split second.

The Children's Trust runs the largest brain injury rehabilitation centre in the UK. Many of the children have come as a result of an accident or sudden illness like a road traffic accident or choking incident.

Taking simple precautions like not leaving your child unattended when eating or bathing, locking medicine and cleaning products away, and learning basic first aid are just some of the simple steps every parent or carer can and should do. I recently did a first aid course aimed specifically at parents, and cannot tell you have much happier I feel now I have the knowledge of what to do should a child choke or become unconscious.

The theme of Child Safety Week this year is 'Take a second look for safety.'

Serious accidents can cause injuries to children that take months or years to heal. The psychological damage caused to children and their families often lasts a lifetime. Yet many of these accidents could be prevented by taking taking second look to make sure that hot drink is out of reach, the bathroom cleaning products are locked away, the bath is unplugged or by checking the speedometer.

Lindam stock a vast range of household safety products, which are available to purchase in store or online at Argos.  However, to get you started on the right track, one lucky reader of my blog can win a home safety kit, courtesy of Lindam.



In order to win this great kit, I'd like you to leave a comment below detailing on simple household safety precaution you take.  It could be concerned with fire safety, keeping windows locked, kitchen safety or any other tips you want to share.
For an extra entry, please tweet the following and leave me a separate comment to say you have done so "I'm entering @missielizzieb 's blog competition to win a @lindam_uk safety kit for #childsafetyweek here http://bit.ly/lSuSsn"
For more information and safety advice, you can follow Lindam on Twitter and Facebook.
I will pick a winner at random after 8pm on Monday 27th June 2011.  The prize will be fulfilled by Lindam, but the winner will be required to give me their postal details.  UK entries only please.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  The prize is supplied by Lindam, however I have received no financial reimbursement and all views expressed are my own.


63 comments:

  1. Oh my I could so do with this kit now the little man is mobile and has turned into the tasmanian devil. I also did a first aid course when I had my boy as was terrified about accidents so feel a lot better now if any accidents occur. Simple safety precaution I insisted on was a carbon monoxide alarm. Scarlett x

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  2. Ive put it on twitter too @loves_elvis. Scarlett x

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  3. so many - i have all my household cleaners in a cupboard up high, have all my blind cords cut small, always have windows locked - loads more but there is a few x

    @ashlallan

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  4. i have tweeted as @ashlallan

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  5. Kitchen safety - my youngest has switched the oven on twice since we moved into our new house, once actually setting it on fire :O To combat this I now have a safety gate on the kitchen door. This works really well for us as none of the children can access the kitchen, which is quite small with limited cupboard space - no need to move things from under the sink or unplug the cooker from the gas mains!! @pipersky1

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  6. Have also tweeted @pipersky1

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  7. I'm really paranoid at this stage as Christopher seems to be into everything. We've put some brilliant magnet locks on our 'danger containing' cupboards. They need a magnet key to be opened. Trouble is they're his favourite toy and h's constantly magnetising them in hidden places!
    @cheepcheepcheep

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  8. I've also tweeted @cheepcheepcheep

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  9. i am trying hard to baby proof now T is on the move - not done much as yet but always put him in cot or somewhere safe when I can't watch him! @saralotay

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  10. have tweeted too @saralotay

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  11. I always ensure pan handles are turned inwards so little ones can't grab them, it's remarkable how high they can reach without you realising
    @HolyMoly99

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  12. I've tweeted
    @HolyMoly99

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  13. With having 4 very young children, we decided to put a safety gate on the kitchen as so much dangerous stuff is in there; cleaning products, hot oven, kettle, medication to name a few.

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  14. Have also tweeted :)

    @MrsD_Winchester

    Thanks for the comp x

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  15. Kit looks amazing and will be needed in the near future I have a newborn and a 3yr old we live in an apartment so safety of the doors is my priority haveing bolt locks out of her reach also kitchen cupboard had locks on in which we store cleaning items and also use plug socket covers

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  16. I adjust the temperature of the hot water supply on my boiler to 40 degrees, so that if any of my kids set a hot tap going they won't scald themselves. I turn it up again if I need to, for washing up etc.

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  17. Heya

    WoW ! This prize is just my brother could use in his home with his little one !

    I've Tweeted you the required Tweet as @CRYSTALmse and I'm already following you via G.F.C (kelbee44)

    Cupboard locks and socket covers really put our mind at rest as little fingers get everywhere !
    I put hot drinks WELL out of reach !

    Thanks for this competition !

    x

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  18. i have several safety gates and all my plugs are covered with protectors

    @kemo_2002

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  19. So far all we have done is cleared all the ornaments away from the bottom of the fireplace as my 8 month old has just started to roll over and reach things. So everything sharp or breakable is out of his reach.

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  20. nicci cowdell-murray22 June, 2011 11:03

    i just do all the common sense things, keeping little ones away from washer, dryer cooker, fire ...making sure all the windows have locks and they cant get up the stairs

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  21. nicci cowdell-murray22 June, 2011 11:03

    have tweeted as @bubbalovesblog

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  22. We will keep cords hidden, install locks on the cupboards and drawers where our chemical cleaners, detergents or knives are stored.

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  23. Installed window locks. One of my twins jumped out of a first floor window before he was even walking. Never underestimate a baby! Luckily he only had bruises.

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  24. I've installed safety gates at top & bottom of our stairs, and nagged SqueakyDaddy crazy reminding him to close them, and put locks on all our cupboards and most of our drawers. Drawers being the latest as Squeaky discovered how to open them all to try & climb up the chest last week.

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  25. I have corner protectors to stop bumps at head height. I'm paranoid about it because I have a scar on my nose from when I was a toddler and split my nose open on a chest of drawers.

    @jumblyMummy

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  26. have tweeted as @jumblyMummy

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  27. Danielle Carter23 June, 2011 22:35

    I have corner cushions on my coffee table to prevent those nasty bumps when tripping (my toddler is VERY clumsy lol)

    Socket covers (so those mischievous little fingers don't go poking)

    I have a large safety gate across my open plan kitchen so she can't get to the cooker etc..

    Would love this prize as in addition to my 19 month old, my 7 month old will soon be crawling so could do with the extra help :-)

    Have also tweeted i'm @dancarter88

    xxx

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  28. I have tweeted (@enderit)

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  29. Even though I live at second floor, I always make sure all windows are properly closed and locked before leaving the house.

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  30. i have a bolt lock high up on the front door so only adults can unlock the door!

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  31. i keep all my household cleaning products in a key locked cupboard
    hazelrush54@yahoo.co.uk

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  32. Keep plugs covered to avoid any electrical accidents
    @cf225

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  33. I have tweeted too
    @cf225

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  34. I always switch the oven off at the mains when not is use @kikicomp

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  35. Don't leave keys in your doors, my niece is obsessed with keys and locks and before you know it she is unlocking the door and and outside, or alternatively she has locked the door and hidden the keys!

    @daisyangel1

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  36. I've tweeted too

    @daisyangel1

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  37. Older kids have been warned NOT to leave their little toys e.g. marbles lying around or it'll immediately be binned. Can't have LO swallow a marble ((shock))

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  38. I bought radiator covers and sockets cover

    @marzutek on twitter

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  39. brill prize
    electric socket covers
    stairgate
    have tweeted @_cathyj_

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  40. Our best safety buy has been the socket covers

    robyn_logan (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  41. Following and tweeted @robynlclarke

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  42. Lorraine Foster26 June, 2011 11:17

    I do a few things, ensure that there are socket covers in any plugs the kids can reach, check the fire alarm regularly, tie the cords on the blinds up so the kids can't reach them, and I check all the windows are locked every night.

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  43. i have several safety gates and all my plugs are covered with protectors @handbag2000

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  44. Following and tweeted @handbag2000

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  45. No matter what happens always fit a smoke and a carbon monoxide alarm

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  46. i make sure the handles of pots are not hanging over the edge of the oven

    @kiki_725 on twitter

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  47. I tweeted @kiki_725 on twitter

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  48. Have left comment on facebook.

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  49. I make sure all doors are locked,all cupboards have locks on ,cleaning products well out of reach,stair gates up,plug socket covers,Check smoke alarm weekly,When plugs are not in use they are switched off at the wall.

    gaylardzparsons@hotmail.co.uk

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  50. My baby has just started rolling and we've just had to completely safe guard everything at floor level, we now have old pillows, lined up infront of the fireplace, socket plugs in and have clipped all wires to the skirting board using those funny hook things!

    tryingtobetheperfecthousewife@gmail.com

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  51. I have to keep my dog safe so we place a heavy bin in front of the door of the cupboard that we keep the cleaning products in so that he does not go in there and sniff or taste anything he shouldn't.

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  52. have retweeted @essexgirlSE

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  53. Our kitchen and living room are open-plan, so we've put up a safety barrier with a child-proof gate to divide the room and keep my daughter away from the kitchen area. We still need to get some locks for the kitchen cupboards, though, I'm not taking a chance! I've also been creative with a great big unopened bag of compost, which I use to hold the back door open so it can't blow shut on her. (Don't worry, she's allowed into the yard at the back and I don't leave her unsupervised out there!)

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  54. I just found your blog today, great job! I have a baby gate on top of the stairs, which my little boy loves to hang on. There are also pillows and blankets everywhere.

    Tweeted @biedooness

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  55. I keep all medicines locked.
    @joanna_kow

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