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Make your home safe for children

Here are some measures you can take in your home to make sure your children stay safe:

  • don't leave children on their own in a room where there's a fire risk
  • keep matches, lighters and candles in a place where children can't see or reach them - and put child locks on cupboards
  • put a child-proof fireguard in front of an open fire or heater
  • don't let children play or leave toys near a fire or heater
  • keep portable heaters in a safe place where they can't be knocked over when they are being used or stored
  • never leave children alone in the kitchen when you're cooking and never let them play near the cooker
  • make sure electrical appliances are switched off when they are not being used

Plug socket covers

It is very difficult for a child to get an electric shock by playing with a socket, so you shouldn't need to use socket covers. However, in some instances they may stop young children plugging in heaters or other appliances that could cause burns or start a fire. You should not rely on socket covers as they are not regulated for safety. It's much better to make sure appliances are safely put away.