A home can never be too safe for a child. When they get up and moving around it’s time to take appropriate measures to childproof the home. Be sure to address every room in your house with these tips to make your house a safer place for your child.
1. Safety Gates
Instal safety gates at the top and bottom of every staircase. Be sure that the gates won’t collapse or fall if they are pulled or tugged on. Keep them in working condition and if any part of them breaks or becomes unstable, replace them immediately. If any room needs to be blocked off for a particular reason, have a movable gate that can be set up quickly.
2. Fireplaces Guards
This is important whether a fire is active or not. Special gates are designed to securely guard the fireplace. If your family uses the fireplace, make sure you clean up and store away any tools used after the fire.
3. Breakables and Plants Out of Reach
Keep heavy and breakable pieces of decor out of reach of children. Some may be best placed in rooms they are not allowed in until they are old enough to know not to touch. Plants should be kept outdoors or placed safely on a counter they don’t have easy access to. Research any plants that you bring into the home and be knowledgeable if they are poisonous to pets or humans.
4. Appliance Locks
Many modern appliances come equipped with locks that can be accessed at the push of a button. Lock these appliances when unsupervised. If your appliances don’t have locks, mechanisms that keep the doors securely shut can be found at local super stores and home improvement stores. Research which brands have been the most successful for others before purchasing.
5. Plastic Bags Out of Reach
These bags come in hand, and there’s no point in getting rid of them. Instead, establish a designated and out of reach spot for them. Placing them in a larger bag or cloth sack in the safety of the pantry will keep them out of sight and out of reach from tiny hands.
6. Guards on Stove and Knobs
The stove creates the most worry in the kitchen for parents. Adjustable guards can be purchased for the stove that, in the event of curious children, will help protect them from getting burned. Knobs, similar for the ones made for bedroom doors, can be purchased to cover stove knobs. If you’re in the market for a new stove, opt for one that has knobs on the stovetop or are touch activated.
7. Non Slip Tub Mat
These are cheap and easy to find. Avoid bathtime accidents by keeping these on the bottom of the tub. Make sure to replace them regularly and rinse them off after each bath.
8. Lock Up Medicine Cabinet
From medication to toothpaste, all of these things should be kept off the counter and placed safely and securely out of reach. If the cabinet or drawers where these things are stored are within reach, have locks placed on them for added safety.
Garage and Outdoors
9. Cleaners, Chemicals, and Tools
The garage generally isn’t a place for young children. Keep all cleaners, yard chemicals and machinery, tools, and anything else that could be harmful organized and placed in cabinets or locked storage containers. Keep the floor clean and well swept.
10. Home Security
If your home has a security system be sure to have it set that when any door or point of entry is opened that a beep goes off. Once they figure out how to get to the back or front yard you will want to know when doors are accessed.