Monday, August 4, 2014
As a parent, your primary concern is the safety and well-being of your child. However, there are many potential hazards in and around your house that you may not be aware of. Here’s what to consider when childproofing your home…
1. Secure your electrical outlets
You can buy plastic safety covers for the electrical outlets in your home, which can keep your young ones from inserting objects in them.
2. Tidy up your electrical cords
By either tucking them away behind furniture or stapling them to the bottoms of your walls, you greatly reduce the chance of your child playing with them. You should also invest in special plug and outlet systems that lock the plug into place.
3. Install safety gates
Have these installed at the top and bottom of the stairs, as well as around any balconies that little ones may have access to. This keeps them from going up stairs and potentially falling down, as well as limiting their play area to one you can supervise.
4. Anchor furniture
Fasten large pieces of furniture to the wall to keep them from falling over. A curious child may attempt to pull on or climb tall furniture pieces such as bookcases. Fixing furniture to the wall will minimize the chance of anything falling over.
5. Install childproof locks on cabinets
Not only can the corners of cabinets possibly injure your child, but also the contents of the cabinet such as cleaning agents kept under the sink. You may even want to consider moving all hazardous material to high shelves that the child cannot access. In more extreme cases, you probably have to have a ‘hazardous materials’ closet that you should keep locked at all times.