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How To Childproof Your Home

 

How To Childproof Your Home

In order to prevent household accidents and potential poisoning, it’s essential that you learn the high-risk zones when it comes to protecting your young children at home. Being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency is also highly recommended. To begin with, see how to childproof your home here…

Room by Room

The Bathroom

Wherever there’s water is a potential source of accident or injury. Childproofing tips in the bathroom include:

  • Getting a toilet lock to keep the lid closed which avoids possible drowning
  • Installing anti-scalding devices on shower heads
  • Setting the water temperature to 120 degrees to prevent burns
  • Fitting safety latches to medicine cabinets and drawers
  • Storing medication in childproof containers
  • Placing a slip-proof mat in the bottom of the bath

The Kitchen

Tips for childproofing your home include:

  • Keeping household chemicals out of reach and locking toxic cleaners away
  • Switching to non-chlorine bleach and other safer cleaning products
  • Storing plastic bags, cling film, and aluminium foil where they can’t be found by inquisitive youngsters
  • Putting knives and other sharp tools in high cabinets or latched drawers
  • Unplugging and hiding the cords of electrical appliances
  • Never leaving the kitchen when the oven is on, and using the back burners only whenever possible
  • Putting an all-purpose fire extinguisher in an accessible place to contain a small kitchen fire
  • Putting waste in a closed bin that’s too tight for your child to open

The Bedroom

Keeping the bed away from windows and vents is a must. You should also:

  • Install safety rails to your child’s bed
  • Use non-slip rugs with padded backings to avoid slipping
  • Not allow sleeping on a top bunk bed for under fives
  • Take away any pillows or toys that could be used to make a cot escape!
  • Remove any stringing toys from the cot as this could cause strangulation
  • Make sure that toy chests don’t have free-falling lids that can trap fingers
  • Tidy away all toys to prevent tripping

Living Areas

Childproofing your home generally is largely a matter of common sense. Look at your surroundings and identify possible hazards. Then you can:

  • Childproofing Living AreasUse safety gates at entrances that lead to stairs, attics, or basements
  • Strap down any large items of furniture that could fall over if climbed on
  • Move furniture away from windows to stop climbing onto sills
  • Install window guards on windows above ground level
  • Tie up any curtain or blind cords that may strangle your child
  • Make sure all appliances and devices are stored in inaccessible areas to your child
  • Attach electrical wires and cords to the wall with electrical tape to avoid shocks or strangulation
  • Keep glasses and other breakables in a locked cabinet
  • Use doorknob covers to prevent doors from being opened into dangerous areas
  • Put corner and edge bumpers onto furniture and hearth surrounds
  • Place padded mats at the bottom of the stairs just in case of falls
  • Repair loose carpets that can cause tripping accidents

Outdoor Spaces

You’ll need to make sure that your garden is fenced to stop your child from running off. Check on any local restrictions and with the planning department if you have to erect fencing on your property.

If you have a swimming pool purchase a cover that straps down and will stop any accidental fall into the water.

Potential Electrical Risks

Make yourself a detailed list of all the potential hazards you can see. Then you can actively take childproofing action. You can:

  • Cover any unused electrical sockets by installing safety plates or outlet caps
  • Use power strip covers to stop children from pulling out or playing with the wires
  • Attach electrical tie cables to loose wires and tuck them securely out of reach
  • Ask your expert electrician for more tips on childproofing your home