Childproofing Your Home
Ensuring the safety of your children is one of the most important things. For young babies and children, the home can be filled with plenty of potential dangers. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to make sure your home is safer and childproof.
Here is a list to help you as you go through each room:
Remove Small Objects. Small objects easily turn into choking hazards. A good rule is if it can fit into a toilet paper tube, keep it out of reach. Toys for older children can often be inappropriate for babies. If you have older children, be sure to find a new location for any toys with small parts.
Attach Safety Latches. Secure all cabinet doors and drawers that contain unsafe items. The most common areas to install latches are the kitchen and bathrooms, especially with cabinets holding cleaning supplies.
Cover Electrical Outlets. Any exposed outlet should be covered with plugs or replaced with childproof covers.
Store Chemicals High. Even if cleaning supplies are behind a cabinet door with a safety latch installed, it's better to store cleaning supplies and other potential poisons high and out of reach.
Cover Sharp Corners. As your child gains mobility, falls are unavoidable. You can put padded corner protectors on low sharp corners, such as on the coffee table, to make those falls less likely to cause injury.
Anchor Furniture and Appliances. It is very important to anchor any piece of furniture or appliance that can be tipped over. For example, secure any shelves or dressers that can become top-heavy if climbed or a TV that can be pulled over. There are many anchoring products available to you on the market.
Install Gates and Child Safety Nets. Childproof any areas where falls may occur. Close off the tops and bottoms of stairs with baby gates. Attach netting to areas such as across banisters or decks that have wide openings between slats. If you have a window that can be opened by a child, install a window guard.
Cover Doorknobs. Once your child can stand and reach doorknobs, add doorknob covers to keep him or her from leaving the house or entering rooms that may be unsafe without supervision, such as the bathroom.
As a final check of your home, get down on your hands and knees and look around from the vantage point of your child. You may find something you missed before.
This is a starting list of potential home hazards to look for that may seem trivial but can be dangerous to young children. We care about the safety of you and your family. Contact us for more information on how to plan to keep your family and home safe.