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Indoor safety: in pictures

0-8 years

Home safety: fire, medicine and water

Install smoke detectors and safety switches. Have hot water delivered to bathroom taps at 50ºC maximum.

Securely store and safely use matches and lighters, medicines and household poisons like oils and cleaning products.

Stay within arm’s reach and sight of young children in the bath at all times and when kids are near any water.

Door, window and stair safety

Install safety glass in windows and doors or apply shatter-resistant film to windows and doors of older homes. Put stickers on glass at eye level.

Lock windows. Move chairs and other things away from windows. Mount TVs on walls or place them so they can’t fall on your child.

Put safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and at the entrances to balconies.

Household hazards

Store sharp items out of children’s reach. Watch out for small objects your child could swallow or stick into his nose, ears or eyes.

Prevent strangulation by keeping chains and cords on blinds and curtains shorter than 5 cm.

Pin up emergency numbers and other useful safety contacts near the phone. Get more tips on making your home safe for your child.

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