Baby On The Way? 12 Ways To Childproof Your HomeJune 22, 2015
Children are curious little ones. They like to explore every nook, cranny, and cabinet that is within reach. Which is why it’s important to take the time to childproof your home, before your new baby starts to crawl and walk. The risk of injury can be reduced or even prevented by using child-safety devices. These devices are easy to find and are usually cost effective. They should be sturdy enough to do their job yet easy enough for you to use. Let’s take a look at ways you can childproof your home that will help keep your kiddies safe and allow you to breathe a little easier.
12 ways on how to childproof your home
Keep in mind that these child-safety devices have to be installed properly for them to be effective.
- Use safety locks and latches for cabinets and drawers in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas where you may store potentially dangerous items (like knives, medications, household cleaners, paint etc.)
- Utilize safety gates. They help prevent falls down stairs and also hinder children from entering rooms and other areas that could be a potential danger.
- If you have a fireplace, look to fence off the fireplace with a screen that’s secured to the wall on either side of the fireplace.
- Install anti-scald devices on your faucets and shower heads. Use this particular device to regulate water temperature and help reduce the likelihood of burns. It’s recommended you set your water temperature to no more than 49°C (120°F). It may sound hot, but most Canadian homes actually have the hot water heater set to 60°C.
- Use doorknob covers and door locks. These are also a great way to prevent children from entering rooms that contain potential hazards.
- Install smoke alarms. It’s recommended that you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and in the basement. Smoke alarms are essential in case of a fire. Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be installed near sleeping areas in the home.
- Install window guards and safety netting. This helps prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks and landings. Window screens are not effective in preventing injuries or accidents.
- Attach corner and edge bumpers on furniture and counter tops. This helps prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges.
- Secure your TVs. Flat screens are the norm these days and we they’re easily placed on a stand or counter. But, for kids who like to climb this can pose a hazard. Make sure TVs are secured so that they don’t fall or tip over.
- Use outlet covers and outlet plates. These reduce the risk of electrical shock and electrocution.
- If you have a pool, use a safety cover and build a fence surrounding the pool (at least four feet tall). A fence is required for home insurance purposes typically, as well as by your municipality. Make sure the fence is not easily climbable and that the gate is self-closing and latching if left open by mistake.
- Use clips, clothes pins, or big twist ties to keep cords, such as electrical cords or blinds, high and out of the reach of children.
Childproofing your home means your children will be able to explore safely, with supervision of course, and tire themselves out in time for their afternoon nap, which is definitely an added bonus.