Last week we mentioned the sun and how dangerous it is to leave your kids out in it too long whether they have protection or not, and we offered a little advice on how best to protect them. This week we’re going to go a little further into the subject and talk about specific UV protection that’s available for your kids when they’re playing outdoors and in particular swimming.
Most people are well aware about the dangers of UV rays these days and they’ve had more than enough warnings and advice about what to do to stay safe. However, some still fail to take even the most basic precautions when allowing their children to play in the sun.
Window guards are used to prevent toddlers and young children from falling out of window. They are basically a set of bars installed on your window and fixed there. Nevertheless, they are normally an investment and require technical installation. This is why it is worth it to look for other alternatives as window protectors. For example, many parents prefer to use window locks or sash jammers.
An adult opening window means fresh air and normally there is no problem because many windows, especially double glazed ones, do not normally open wide enough to be a threat to adults. However babies, infant and toddlers will be curious and could endanger themselves by climbing through the gap.
This is why sometimes the first thing that comes to our mind is the use of window guards. But the truth is that most of the times, other devices provide with enough protection are easier to install.
Child Window Guards are custom-made to order and the manufacturer/Installer will contact you before manufacturing your child safety window guard. They will discuss the requirements for your window and advise you of any special requirements. Only then will your window guard be manufactured and shipped to you ready for installation. All this, and the Window Safety Barrier starts from over £100, a more expensive alternative when compared to other security devices such as window locks.
Child Safety Window Guards are intended for internal use in your home. They can however be fitted externally if desired. When the manufacturer contacts you to discuss your Window Guard, you can request a suitable paint finish, which will be weather- and rust-proof.
BabySecurity now stock a new range of Window Locks within its Baby Proofing selection of products, a great new product for babyproofing your home. An innovative product, window locks fulfil a very important need in your home, as they prevent the child from opening a window by accident.
The very affordable Clippasafe Premium Window Lock is one of our best selling window locks at BabySecurity.
Another option to keep your little one safe is sash jammers. They are a fantastic way to make your double glazed windows more secure. Sash jammers are effective as an additional security measure. They are basically an item that can be fitted to uPVC windows and be used as a child safety device. You just need to fit your sash jammer screwed to the window or door and the arm of the sash jammer is turned to catch the sash or the frame of the window so that your little one does not open it.
Suitable for small children, the window loacks and sash jammers are installed to provide child protection and they can be removed quickly and easily in the case of fire. For more information see this letter from the Fire Service.
As an additional note, it is also worth noting that as all newly installed windows are required by law to have opening panes wide enough to allow escape in the event of fire, the Child Window Guard is perfect for this purpose due to its easy removal in an emergency.
Lastly, Window Restrictors are also a great way to prevent your child from opening windows.
Protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays is very important for adults, as excessive exposure to the sun can cause health problems such as melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. It is, however, even more crucial that you protect babies and young children from exposure to the sun.
As most parents know, babies’ skin is very delicate and sensitive, and it needs very gentle care. Very young skin is also not able to protect itself from sun exposure in the same way as adults, because it does not possess enough melanin (the pigment which gives colour to skin, hair and eyes). This makes babies more susceptible to the sun’s damaging effects.
The following are a few useful tips to help you protect your child from the sun:
- Keep all babies under 6 months of age out of the sun. At this very young age, sun screen is not suitable for your baby’s very sensitive skin, so it is best to keep him or her out of the sun completely.
- Use baby products such as UV Travel Tents, UV Pram and Buggy Blinds, UV Car Blinds, and UV Safety Swimwear to keep your baby’s skin safe from the sun.
- If you live somewhere hot or you are on a family holiday abroad, keep young children out of the sun in peak sunshine hours, which are usually between 10am and 4pm.
- If you are concerned about your baby getting too hot, dress him or her in lightweight clothes that still cover arms and legs fully.
- Last but not least, make sure your baby has a suitable sun hat on!