Child-proofing: Are we missing anything?

John Conlin / 25 January 2017

Child-proofing your home? Chartered surveyor John Conlin comes to the rescue.



Question

We are in the process of child-proofing our home in anticipation of grandchildren regularly coming to stay. 

Apart from fitting stair gates, putting dummy plugs in unused sockets and keeping medicines and cleaning stuff out of reach, can you suggest anything else?

How to prepare for becoming a grandparent

Answer

Years ago I surveyed a house where all the doors had been removed. The owner explained that as a toddler, their daughter had her fingers crushed in the hinge side of a door blown shut by a draught and it took several operations to repair the injury. 

Since then I have always recommended shielding what is, potentially, a guillotine. 

‘Fingerguard’ and ‘Finger Wizard’ from ironmongerydirect.co.uk are two easily fitted examples.



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