Chances are, you wouldn’t stick a fork into an electrical outlet, pick flaking paint and put paint chips in your mouth, or lean on the screen of an open window. But children, who are inherently curious about the world around them, will poke, touch, push, pull and explore every inch of your home. These childproofing tips will help you make your home safe for little explorers.
1. Cover up
Make it difficult or impossible for children to put fingers or objects where they shouldn’t go. Get inexpensive child-safe covers for outlets, and cover or block potential burn hazards, such as hot radiators.
Put window guards or safety nettings on windows to prevent falls. And not just on low windows: children can drag chairs to higher windows because they want to see out.
Cover, block or prevent access to radiators and anything else that can burn or injure a child.
2. Get the childproofing gear
There are more protective devices than ever to childproof your home, including:
- Cabinet latches
- Safety gates
- Outlet covers
- Doorknob covers and locks
- Corner and edge bumpers
- Furniture and appliance anchors
- Anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads
And the list goes on. Survey your house, get what you need, and spend a few hours installing everything.
3. Move it
If it’s breakable, sharp or dangerous in any way, put it out of reach in a childproof or locked area. Even items that seem benign—such as small objects (choking hazards), medications (even with childproof caps), plastic bags and lighters—should be out of sight and out of reach.
4. Alarm yourself
Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially in and near sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms should be located near sleeping areas. Replace batteries annually; that’s a small price to pay for your safety.
5. Watch out for water
Be especially cautious when it comes to water. Pools and spas require multiple protection strategies, including fences, gates/doors, locks and alarms. Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub, swimming pool or spa.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4,000 people in the U.S. drown every year. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 (behind birth defects). For children under 14, only motor vehicle crashes kill more.
One final childproofing tip . . .
To ensure your home is childproof, explore it as a child would. Crawl around on your hands and knees into every corner. Open drawers and cabinets to see what’s inside that might be dangerous.
You can’t be too careful.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions, or simply want to see if you can save money, call our office at 877-576-5200.