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March 10, 2020

Tips for Child Proofing Your Home

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There is so much to explore as a child. They have no idea how anything works, so they try to experiment with everything. As a parent, you want to keep them safe from their own curiosity. Sometimes you need a reminder of just how much they can get into. Continue reading for pointers on childproofing your home.

Products to Keep Out of Reach

  • Cleaning products
  • Alcohol
  • Medicines
  • Hygiene products

Because children don’t fully know what many of these products are or how they are used, they will typically misuse them. The chemical properties in these types of products often could be poisonous to children if they ingested them, potentially leading to a trip to the hospital. It is best to be safe rather than sorry by keeping these out of sight so they are not able or tempted to play with them.

Items to Keep Out of Reach

  • Beauty items
  • Small toys
  • Power strips
  • Candles & matches

A kid’s curiosity may lead them to want to touch, taste, and play with items without knowing the consequences that follow. Be careful with beauty items like straighteners and curlers. Kids may not realize they are hot objects, and if they’ve recently been used, these objects can cause burns. Small toys can be choking hazards if kids get the idea to give them a taste. To prevent children from getting electrocuted, keep power strips out of sight. They typically see the holes to input plugs into and try to put their fingers in there instead. While matches and lighters may seem complex, you can never be too careful. On the off chance the child figures out how to light them, there is the opportunity of a huge fire hazard. Reduce your worries by keeping these items out of reach.1

Precautions to Put in Place

  • TV mounted
  • Fireplace covered
  • Protection on sharp edges
  • Door knob covers
  • Safety gates for stairs
  • Safety latches on cabinets
  • Toilet locks
  • Set water temperatures appropriately (anti-scalding device)

Accidents are bound to happen. To help prevent children from injuring themselves, it’s best to consider all the dangerous places they may try to travel to within the house. As they run around, they might knock into walls or furniture. Because of this, you may want to make sure all the televisions are mounted and no sharp edges are exposed.2 Most of the time, the best way to keep things safe is to limit access. Try getting safety latches, gates, and locks, to keep children out of harm’s way. As an extra precaution, get anti-scalding devices to ensure children don’t get burned by turning the water on too hot.2

Children can come up with some crazy ideas. To protect them, we must think of all the possible things that could go wrong before they actually do go wrong. With these safety reminders, hopefully you are able to set yourself up for success when it comes to preventing hazards in the home.

  1. https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/safety/toddlerproofing/home-safe-home-childproof-your-home-room-by-room/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/childproof-home

Categories: Home Safety/Childproofing, Infant/Toddler Safety, Safety Tips

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