If you’re a parent, you’re undoubtedly concerned about the safety of your child. After all, children tend to explore quite a bit, and during their explorations, they sometimes find themselves in dangerous places or near dangerous items.
Pretty scary, right? Luckily, there are several measures you can take to get your peace of mind back and promote child safety in your home.
How to Childproof Your Home
1. Invest in safety latches
Once you’ve purchased these, place them on all of your cabinets and drawers. This is especially important in places where medicine, cleaning products, and other potentially harmful materials are stored (ideally, you should store these items out of the child’s reach).
Don’t forget to also use these latches on your microwave, refrigerator, and oven – you definitely don’t want your child messing with any of those appliances!
2. Cover your outlets
Each room in your home probably contains several electrical outlets. Luckily, outlet covers are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Buy an outlet cover for every outlet in your home so your children don’t accidentally hurt themselves, and make sure all of the outlet covers are secure enough to where your children cannot easily remove them.
3. Choose cordless blinds
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for small children to accidentally strangle themselves in looped cords. You don’t want that to happen, so opt for cordless blinds.
4. Store dangerous items properly
If you own dangerous items like knives and guns, make sure they are all stored far out of your child’s reach. Don’t underestimate the danger of other seemingly harmless items like graters and peelers – these can be just as dangerous as knives and should be stored properly as well.
You should also store any small kitchen appliances out of your child’s reach and unplug them when they are not in use. And watch out for the cords – always make sure they aren’t hanging down. Otherwise, your child could grab the cord, pull the appliance down, and become seriously injured.
5. Clean off any low surfaces
You might love to keep small sentimental knickknacks on top of your coffee table, your nightstand, and other low-to-the-ground pieces of furniture, but having a child means that you can’t do that anymore. Clean off anything that could be a choking hazard.
Tip: Not sure whether or not your child could choke on something? Use a toilet paper roll to find out – if the item fits through the roll, chances are, your child could easily choke on it.
6. Check your caps
Certain products, like medicine, for example, are equipped with childproof caps. Make sure you opt for products with childproof caps whenever possible to give yourself extra peace of mind when your determined child decides to explore.
7. Buy some safety gates
Babies and staircases are a bad combination, so invest in a few safety gates to block off the stairs and keep your child out of harm’s way. You should also use these gates to block off rooms containing dangerous items, like guns or sharp objects.
8. Use smoke alarms
Accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents can cause a fire inside of your home. Unfortunately, your baby won’t be able to alert you if he or she causes a fire, so it’s important for you to place smoke alarms throughout your home. Once you’ve installed them, be sure to check them every month to make sure they’re still working!
9. Protect the pool
Drowning accidents are all too common, especially during the hot summer months here in Texas. To keep your child safe from drowning in your swimming pool, here’s what you can do:
- Install a fence around the pool –The fence should be at least 4 feet high and should not include any gaps that your child can fit through.
- Cover the pool – Make sure water doesn’t collect on top of the cover, as this can pose a threat to small children (according to WebMD, small children can drown in just one inch of water).
- Install a pool alarm system – This option isn’t exactly inexpensive, but it will keep your child safe by alerting you when underwater movement is detected.
I know – some of these options might seem a bit extreme. But when your child’s health is at stake, it’s important to take as many steps as possible to protect them!
10. Let guests know about your rules
Anytime you have visitors (especially visitors who have never lived with children), keep in mind that they probably don’t know much about child safety. Tell them your rules, and make sure they keep all medications, makeup, and other harmful items out of reach of your children.
11. Always use the back burners
When you’re cooking, using the front burner means that your child could easily pull down a hot pan from the stove and suffer severe burns. To avoid this, always use the back burner and make sure all handles are out of reach.
12. Keep an emergency contact list on your fridge
When your child gets hurt, you’ll probably go into panic mode, and you might not remember the right number to call off the top of your head. To combat this problem, keep a list that includes the phone numbers to a poison control team, a doctor, etc. That way, you’ll have easy access to the services you need when a problem arises.
13. Place bumpers on sharp edges
Small children stumbling around your home can easily run into sharp edges and hurt themselves. Make sure all of the edges in your home (furniture edges, fireplace hearth edges, etc.) are covered with soft bumpers to protect your kids from injury.
I know a lot of these measures seem like extra chores that you probably don’t want to do, but your child’s safety is well worth the hassle. If you’d like to see a more comprehensive list of childproofing best practices, check out this website.
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