Ever wonder how to properly childproof a home? Are you a new parent and have no clue how to childproof? Childproofing is the act of making an environment or object safer for children. When you think about it, there are features in homes that can cause a lot of harm to a child. Here are a few childproofing tips for each room of your home.
One of the biggest dangers in your living room is the fire place. Make sure that your fire place is covered and that you install heat-resistant gates when the flames are burning. Along with the fireplace, be sure that the candles are out of reach; try flameless LED candles. The television may not seem dangerous, but if it is on a stand and not mounted, the set could fall on a child. The best thing to do with a television is to mount it on the wall. Photo frames are also another hazard. The glass could shatter, or the edge of the frame could hit a child. Put frames on the walls, keep them out of reach, or replace them with plastic.
As of June, drop side cribs are now band in the United States, if the drop side breaks the child could be trapped between the mattress and crib. Once a child can sit up, it means it’s time to lower the mattress. The child could try to get out of the crib and end up falling. Stuffed animals can be a suffocation risk for babies. Be sure the window has a guard and there are no blind cords that hang low. Nearly 15,000 children go to the E.R. for tip-over-related injuries due to dressers; so make sure the dresser is secure.
It is a good idea to gate the whole kitchen. This area is full of risks and should just be off limits. If there are no gates here are some precautions. All lower cabinets should be locked as well as the dish washer; if not locked items could fall on the child. The oven is another dangerous area for a child, be sure that the oven is not easy to open. Toddlers love to explore, so anything that can open easily should be locked in this area of your home. The kitchen is the most dangerous place in the house for a child.
Let’s start with the door. It is a good idea to make sure that the door doesn’t completely shut. A lot of the injuries children have, are with fingers and this happens when closing doors. Think about all the things we have in the bathroom; pills, hair dyers, straighteners, bleach, contact lenses, and the list goes on. To a child these items are very dangerous, and could cause serious issues. Again, lock the cabinet doors, and keep items out of reach.
Childproofing takes a lot more thought then most people think. There are hazards in every room for a child. Make sure that before you move into a new home or have a child, that you and your spouse know how to childproof and why it is important. If you have any questions please contact us!