INTERIOR DESIGNER Tania Chow The Partnership ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER Gary Chang Edge (HK) ANTIQUES EXPERT Tsang Chi-fan Christie's Hong Kong HANDYMAN Mark Fraser CD&I Professional Decorators paint specialist Paola Dindo Paola Dindo & Associates horticulturalist Richard Coumbe RC Landscape Specialists Can you give me some tips on making my home safer for young children? Mark Fraser replies: The first thing I would do is install lockable latches on any kitchen and bathroom cabinets that contain dangerous materials such as medicines or cleaning chemicals. Never assume that hazardous products stored up high are out of reach - kids love to climb. Electrical sockets are magnets to tiny explorative fingers, so attach plug covers to all outlets and switches. Any sharp corners on coffee tables or low units also can be covered with small cushioned bumpers. A home with stairs should have gates at the top and bottom and to prevent squished digits, you might want to install finger guards on hinged doors and locks on sliding or folding doors. Make sure there are sufficient smoke detectors throughout the home. You might want to invest in a cordless phone, which will allow you to keep an eye on young children while you're chatting (a time when accidents often happen). Ebabyasia ( www.ebabyasia.com ) is an excellent online source of all the items mentioned above. Otherwise, you can visit the store at Shop 1B, G/F Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty (tel: 2810 8622). Years ago, my husband bought a piece of furniture that he was told was an antique. Do you know of anyone who could visit us at home and value the piece? Tsang Chi-fan replies: Auction houses will generally not make home visits, so I suggest you take them photographs of the piece from every angle (with close-ups of any interesting details) plus the exact measurements. They will then forward the information to the relevant specialists who should be able to advise you. There is a general miscon-ception that something being antique (commonly accepted as more than 100 years old) will automatically have commercial value. This is not the case. The purpose of any piece of furniture is function and, as with any other antiques, it is quality, rarity and condition that are the primary considerations when one considers commercial worth. The value of antique furniture can also vary according to the variety of wood used and whether or not a combination of different woods was used to construct a single piece.