According to the experts, children between the ages of 1 and 4 are more likely to be killed by falls, poisoning, choking, drowning, burns, or fire than by a stranger’s violence. Every room in the house can be a potentially hazardous place. So, it’s paramount that you prevent child injuries and keep your baby safe. Secure your home from top to bottom, by implementing some security measures.
The nursery may seem like a harm-free space, but it’s far from harmless. Keep pillows and blankets away from babies that are under 6 months old, because they can suffocate on them. Additionally, save stuffed animals and pointy toys for later years. Additionally, make sure you are equipped with finger-pinch guards for hinges on doors. A safe toy box is a must, and a thick rug will help cushion falls.
Falls and collisions with furniture are the biggest threat for a child in the living room. Babies are careless, they don’t pay much attention to their surroundings, and they can easily bump their head and hurt themselves. Climbing on furniture is a children’s favorite sport, so make sure you move everything away that could cause them harm. Block access to windows and place items high so they can’t reach up and topple them over.
Any poisonous substances should be out of children’s reach. Make sure you lock them. Always turn pot handles towards the back of the stove, so that a child can’t get their hands on hot pots and pans. Sharp kitchenware including knives and forks should also be stored high. Secure all electrical outlets with covers, so that the child can’t put their fingers inside.
Around the House
If you have stairs in the house, make sure to secure them with safety gates. This includes both at the bottom and on top. Doorknob covers are another recommendation, because they’ll keep the kids away from hazard areas. Additionally, this is especially true for a garden, basement and front door. A child is not safe in these places without a parent’s supervision. Just as important, keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure you purchase an extinguisher for electrical or grease fires. There are all purpose fire extinguishers on the market. Make sure you turn to professionals if you need any kind of fire safety services. Additionally, install smoke detectors on every floor of the house. Keep all toxic substances like paint and sprays safely stored.
Install toilet locks to prevent toddlers from lifting the lid. Make sure you keep razors nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, and any other sharp objects in locked cabinets. Medications are also a potential threat for the child. Therefore, keep pills, ointments, herbs, or powders in a cabinet that only you can unlock and reach. Unplug the curling iron and never leave it on the counter. A child could be able to reach the cord and burn her or himself with the device.
Childproofing the house should be your number one priority. Secure as many areas as you can and make sure you consult these tips for guidance. Your child’s safety should always come first.
Author – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.