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Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing Your Home

Your home is supposed to be one of the safest places for your child. Although the risks at home are considerably less than some public areas, it is still necessary to take certain precautions to ensure the overall safety of your child. Children are very curious, so before they start crawling it is advised to childproof your home in various areas to prevent accident or injury when they become mobile.

The Bathroom

  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers. This keeps children away from potentially hazardous products in the bathroom.

  • Store medicines and other products in their original containers. Keep these completely out of a child's reach and in a locked cabinet.

  • Install toilet locks to prevent children from playing in the toilet. They can easily fall face forward into a toilet causing a potential drowning.

  • Unplug and store hair dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners out of reach of children.

The Kitchen

  • Use the back stove burners when possible. Many injuries occur when a child reaches up and grabs a pot or pan, spilling the contents on themselves causing a severe burn.

  • Invest in a stove guard, which keeps children from being able to touch a hot stove.

  • Always turn off the oven and stove burners when they are not in use.

  • Remove magnets from the refrigerator, as magnets pose a huge home choking hazard for children. For more hidden home hazards, read here.

  • Store knives and other sharp kitchen objects and utensils completely out of reach from children.

  • Unplug appliances, such as toasters, blenders, etc. and store them away from a child's reach when they are not in use.

  • Use baby safety gates to keep children from entering the kitchen.

  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep children from opening cabinets exposing them to hazardous products and objects in the kitchen.

Throughout The Home

  • Use electrical outlet protectors or safety caps throughout your home.

  • Use baby safety gates to block stair cases and rooms with potential hazards.

  • Use doorknob covers to keep children out of rooms with hazards.

  • Put corner and edge bumpers on the edges of sharp objects or furniture.

  • Install cordless window coverings to protect against the risk of strangulation. For more window covering safety tips, read here.

  • Install anti-tip devices on heavy furniture, so that tip over accidents are avoided. For more on this topic, read here.

Being proactive by childproofing your home can truly prevent your child from experiencing an accident or injury.

For the most common hidden home hazards, read here.


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