Safety in the home : How to protect your family from home accidents


Taking health and safety measures seriously is especially important in the garden.

Be sure to take great care with the correct storage of the many dangerous chemicals that lurk in the shed or garage.

Lock your garage and shed at all times.

Plan your garden so that the children’s play area is well away from the driveway.

Maintain play equipment and adhere to safety standards.

Trim back any branches at children’s eye level.

Keep pathways clear of debris, toys and tools.

Water features

Water seems to have a magnetic attraction for young children, so it’s extremely important to ensure safety around a pond and other water features in the garden.

Keep pool fences maintained and gates securely closed when there are young children about.

If you decide to build a raised pool, build the walls at least 60 cm (2 ft) high and overhang coping stones.

As an extra precaution use a grid, strong enough to support a child’s weight, just under the surface of the water.

Natural stone is prone to becoming slimy and slippery, whereas concrete flags have a much better grip.

You should also check that edging stones or copings are well laid and mortared to prevent tipping.

First aid for bee and wasp stings (Safety in the home)

▸ Bees Remove the sting by scraping it sideways.

This reduces the chance of more venom being released.

Wipe the affected area clean, then apply a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water to the sting site.

Wrap a bag of ice in a towel and hold it over the sting.

Wasps Daub the sting site with cider vinegar. Wrap a bag of ice in a towel and hold it over the sting ( Safety in the home).