Preventing hazards at home

The home is primarily a place where children are active and enjoy themselves. To ensure that homes are safe places, it’s always helpful to have information on hazards in the home. That’s what our interactive game is designed to give parents.

Game: “There once was a home”

Homes should be hazard-free for children. The Mustela Foundation invites parents to discover its entertaining “Children at Home” module to help them learn about possible hazards within the home.

Getting started is simple! Just click the “Play” image in the image below.

 

Children at home,
preventing accidents in the home

The home where your child grows up is primarily a place to be active and enjoy oneself. It should also be free of any danger.
For your child’s well-being, learn to identify the hazardous areas in the four primary rooms of a home:
 
Bedroom :
  • The curtain strings should be secured at a height.
  • Babies should sleep on their back in a safety-approved bed on an appropriate mattress.
  • The changing table is high up! Keep an eye on your baby at all times.
  • Electrical power sockets should be protected so that little fingers are not tempted.
  • Small objects can be easily swallowed. Don't leave them lying around!
Bathroom :
  • Medicines and pharmaceutical products should be under lock and key away from the eyes of curious little people.
  • The bath water should be 37°C/98°F. Check it with a thermometer.
  • The faucets should be protected to avoid bumps and burns.
  • Electrical appliances should be kept out of the reach of children. Electricity and water = DANGER.
Kitchen :
  • Cleaning products should be kept in a secure cupboard.
  • Sharp knives and scissors, matches and lighters should only be used by adults.
  • Beware of burns! An oven door, saucepan handle and hot liquids are all dangerous!
  • Don't touch the dog's bowl, otherwise you might get bitten.
  • The cat's litter box is not a sandpit.
Living room :
  • Little fingers can get caught in doors.
  • Ouch! Watch out for table corners!
  • Decorative knick-knacks can lead to cuts and sores. Make sure they don't fall on someone's head.
  • Don't leave glasses of alcohol or peanuts within reach of children.
  • Some plants may be poisonous.
  • Don’t leave cigarettes where children can see them. And be aware of secondhand smoke.
  • Windows, balconies and staircases can pose risks - make sure there are no acrobatics from any young explorers.
  • The iron: it's hot and its heavy!
  • Turn the sound down. The TV or stereo system should not overwhelm the room.