Are you expecting your firstborn soon? Perhaps having some relatives with children staying over for the holiday season? If so, it is prudent to redesign your home so that it incorporates a child-friendly setting that restricts or at least minimizes injury.
Here are 7 ways to child proof your home:
Determine Areas that Need Childproofing
The most common areas to childproof would be the kitchen, bathroom, and the property’s surroundings. The more areas that need to be covered, the more difficult the project will be to accomplish. Set a deadline as to when your wife’s due date is or when you expect visitors. Plan the materials needed and the project’s budget.
Childproofing the Kitchen
Install safety locks on kitchen cabinets and drawers. Although newborns are not capable of reaching these high places, toddlers can easily access these storage areas and the potentially poisonous supplies it houses. When heating or cooking on a stove, use the rear burners and position pot handles facing the stove’s back. This prevents children from reaching the burner fire or hot pot/p
Childproofing the Bathroom
As mentioned earlier, you should have all cabinets and drawers installed with safety locks to keep children from accessing chemical products. Keep the toilet lid closed at all times when not in use by installing a toilet latch. Children can lean and fall into a toilet and even drown due to their top-heavy proportion.
Childproofing the Home’s Surroundings
Start with the door knobs and windows. Unsupervised children can bump themselves into a fast-turning door or cross to the outside through open doors and windows. Provide a barrier between children and glass windows by installing thick curtains. You can also find other products to protect your windows and childproof them at stores like Lowes, Home Depot, , and many others, (see author’s bio for suggestion) Safety gates are also great ideas and can be placed within these entry and exit points as well as on top and bottom of stairs. Utilize doorknob covers to cut off children from areas that are potentially hazardous, such as the balcony or patio.
Block Electrical Outlets
Children are too young to know about how electrical currents work and how it can endanger them. They will stick their fingers in these holes as soon as you take your eyes off them. Cover the outlets with those plastic fitted coverings you can buy in store.
Remove Edges and Corners
Children are energetic and joyful, sometimes too energetic and joyful that they run into sharp table edges. Prevent this by placing padding on the edges, such as styrofoam, double-sided tape, or any other material that could cushion contact with the edges.
Maintain Friction on Floors
A well waxed floor does look clean and shiny. But for children, this can spell out an accident waiting to happen. Place rugged tapestries on areas that are not occupied by furniture or electronics and make sure the flooring is free from water at all times.
The more you control the surroundings of your home, the safer it will be for your children and the children of others that come to visit. If you follow these simple steps listed above, you will have an easier time being able to relax knowing no matter where the children go in your home, they will be safe.
About the Author: My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball. I recommend sunburstshutters.com for all your window and shutter needs.