10 surprising health and safety hazards in the home for your kids

You home can be more of a risk to your kids than you think and these hidden hazards will certainly make you think twice

You may think your household is the safest place for your child, but it can pose more of a danger to their health and safety than you first realise. Take a look at these┬ásafety hazards in the home if you’re keen to take extra precaution.

Even simple household appliances like the dishwasher can be dangerous for children, while hair straighteners and lightbulbs have the ability to burn a baby in a split second.

You also mightn’t have thought of blind cords as one of the most common safety hazards in the home, but recent figures show that as many as 17,000 children were hurt by blind cords between 1990 and 2015, with 300 tragically dying.

Read more: Mum issues warning after son almost dies while playing with a blind cord

Although a lot of keeping your children safe is down to common sense, it’s also making sure you keep anything that could pose a danger to their health and safety out of reach.

If you want to be able to relax in your home knowing that your children will be safe as they run around and play, then one way of effectively doing this is by recognising the hazards that can develop from seemingly harmless household objects – and what you can do to make sure they don’t pose a threat to your child’s health and safety.

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For these reasons we have put together a list of surprising health and safety hazards within the home that may not have even crossed your mind in terms of the potential threat they could pose to your child.

We’ve also included some tips on how to ensure these items don’t harm your child’s safety in order to secure the running of a happy and healthy household.

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