Safe place for kids, Your home may not seem like something you should consider, after all, you don’t have any young children running around. But what if you are a grandparent? Or you babysit in your home? Or the neighbor kids are always over? Even if the kids don’t visit very often, your home should still be childproofed. It could only take one short visit for something to happen.
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In order to make your home a safe place for kids, you need to go through your house with an eye to what could be a potential danger. You can even hire someone whose job it is to create safe homes for children.
Before you begin, you should know a few things about kids:
- Young children like to explore items by putting them in their mouths.
- Kids can climb and reach stuff you think they can’t.
- Warning labels mean nothing to kids who can’t read yet.
- When kids are quiet, they’re probably doing something they shouldn’t.
Now tour your home with an eye to the small things. This means anything small enough to be a choking hazard, and if you’re not sure, err on the side of caution. Put the small stuff, as well as anything valuable that could possibly be broken, away somewhere where they can’t climb and reach it.
Next look for electrical cords that could cause tripping, and tuck them behind furniture wherever possible. For unused outlets, cover them with child safety outlet covers. Check for any hanging cords, such as from drapery, window blinds, and even your treadmill. They should be wound up out of reach to prevent the possibility of hanging.
Check your furniture to make sure everything is secure enough that young hands can’t pull it down. For example, TVs should be on appropriate stands and secured so they can’t fall on a child. Add braces to the bottom of bookcases to prevent them from toppling over.
Where do you keep your household cleaning supplies? If they’re spread throughout your house, such as having cleaners in under sink cupboards in multiple bathrooms, gather them up and keep them in one locked location. This also applies to your medications. In addition, go through your garage and move all chemicals to a very high shelf or lock them up.
Additional safety measures can include window decals on the sliding glass door so children don’t walk into it, non-stick decals on the bottom of the bathtub, and possibly corner bumpers on the hearth or coffee table if the children are new to walking. Don’t forget to make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
Remember, once the kids are mobile, they can get into all sorts of mischief. This is when a baby gate becomes your friend. Simply put the gate(s) at doorways to either keep the child in a specific room or out of a room you don’t want him to go in. Baby gates are also helpful to block off the stairs.
So welcome kids to your home with open arms, baby gates, outlet covers, and non-stick decals. With these tips comes the best advice of all… small children should have an adult watching them at all times.