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QUIZ: How safe is your home for your kids?

Plus how window blinds in your house or apartment can be a hidden danger.

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WHETHER YOU’RE A parent of a 0-5 or you’re onto grandkids at this stage, it can be natural to worry about the hidden dangers that your home can pose for kids.

From your not-so-child-friendly fireplace to your window blinds, sometimes it’s worth having a look around and making a few simple changes to protect the little ones in your life. Between 2007 and 2017, seven children in Ireland were involved in window blind-related fatalities - here’s how to prevent a tragedy like that in your own home.

So, how safe is your home for your kids? Take our quiz to find out.

1. Do you have any window blinds with loose cords in your home?
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Yes
No

I'm not too sure
2. Where do you keep your cleaning products and laundry detergent?
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Under the sink of course
In a locked cabinet

In a press up quite high
3. Where do you keep all your medicines?
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In the bathroom cabinet
In the kitchen press up high

In a drawer in my bedside locker
4. Do you have any beds, cots or furniture right beside the windows in your home?
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Probably
I'm not too sure

Definitely not
5. Where do you keep the spirits in your house?
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On display, on an open or unlocked shelf
In a locked cabinet/I don't have any

On a drinks cart
6. Do you have any appliances with long wires that could be within kids' reach?
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Yes I think I might have
No

I'm not sure
7. If you have toys for the little ones that visit your home, do they have the CE safety mark on them?
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Yes/I don't have toys for them
I'm not sure

Not that I'm aware
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
Hm... might be time to make your home safer for kids
From the hidden danger of window blinds to things like batteries and unlocked windows, it's so important to baby-proof your home. Find out more about how to do it using the brilliant tips on ccpc.ie.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
Your home could be safer for kids
Although you might be aware of the immediate dangers such as cleaning products and possible choking hazards, you might not take as much care with the likes of window blinds. Find out more on ccpc.ie.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're doing well with home safety (but there's always room to improve)
You're almost there with home safety and creating a space that won't pose a danger to the little ones in your life. There's always room to learn more - have a look at the brilliant home safety tips on ccpc.ie.
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Source: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission/YouTube

Worried about how safe your home is for little ones? The cords and chains of window blinds and curtains can pose a risk of strangulation to young children, particularly if they are under the age of three. Keep window blinds safe by following the tips provided by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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