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RoSPA's top tips for keeping kids safe at home

• Never leave trip hazards on the stairs and make sure stairs are well lit

• Never hold a hot drink and a child at the same time

• Ensure small objects such as marbles and peanuts and small toys are kept out of reach of children under three years old

• Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom

• Don’t hang drawstring bags where a small child could get their head through the loop and keep nappy sacks out of the reach

• Small food such as grapes, cherry tomatoes, blackberries and other soft fruits should cut into quarters to prevent choking

Never leave young children alone in the bathroom

• Fit child resistant window restrictors but ensure you can escape easily in an emergency

• Turn the panhandles away from the front of the cooker

• Keep hair straighteners out of reach even when cooling down

• Furniture and appliances at risk from being pulled over should be secured to the wall.

• Do not place baby bouncers on raised surfaces

• Have an escape route planned, and practise it, in case of fire

• Fit a smoke alarm which complies with BS EN 14604 2005 and check it regularly

• The use of baby-walkers and table-mounted high chairs is not recommended

• Keep medicines and chemicals out of sight and reach, preferably in a locked cupboard

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