Children are curious by nature! They want to touch and understand every object they see, without knowing the danger involved. Childproofing is important once children start crawling, but is even more crucial when they start walking and running. Here are the most important ways to childproof your home!
Cabinets Containing Dangerous Products and Kitchens
Be extremely careful with your floor cleaners, medicine, alcohol, perfumes, lotions, and cosmetics. For items that are used once a week, keep them in an overhead cabinet. For daily essentials, lock them away using secure latches on cabinets or walk-in closets. Keep your child away from fireplaces—build a fireplace gate, and if you have a partially open kitchen, use child safety gates. Keep knives and other sharp objects locked in kitchen drawers and cabinets. Minimize your home decor and do not leave candles unattended.
Heavy Objects and Furniture Edges
Use furniture brackets for bookshelves, TV consoles, dressers, and night stands. Cushion the sharp edges of dining tables, coffee tables, and kitchen countertops. Chairman of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Inez Tenenbaum, says, “Large TVs and unstable furniture can be a deadly combination. Taking simple, low-cost steps to secure furniture and TVs can save lives. Parents need to know about this hidden danger and take action now.”
Be sure to keep table lamps and other breakable decorative items out of kids’ reach. Try to avoid the use of floor lamps—kids can try to lean onto them and hurt themselves.
Electrical Outlets and Cords
Use covers for electrical outlets. Plug-in caps are easy for older kids to take out and even young children can pull them out and insert their fingers in an outlet. Bundle up electrical cords used in your entertainment centers and TV consoles with plastic cord tubes to avoid young children getting trapped in the tangle of wires.
Childproofing is necessary for bathrooms too. You can avoid the risk of accidentally burning your child’s sensitive skin by adjusting the temperature of your water heater. Use non-slip mats and rugs in bath areas. A child can drown in an adult’s bathtub so use bathtubs designed for babies in a standing bath area. Use toilet locks and ensure the lid is always down.
Outdoor Balconies and Decks
Outdoor decks and balcony need special childproofing as well, especially the railings. To avoid kids squeezing through wide railing gaps, cover them with a sheet of clear plastic. You should try and avoid using patio furniture until your child gets a little bigger. They could try to climb the furniture and end up hurting themselves.
If you’re using a babysitter or nanny’s services, be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers and instructions on any areas in the house your child is to avoid! It’s important that your home is always a safe environment for your children to develop and learn!
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