Little ones love to explore. And as they begin to crawl and walk, it’s easy for them to get into some potentially dangerous situations. As a parent, it’s crucial that you childproof your home. We’ll explore some key rooms to tackle, and offer suggestions on what you can do to make each space as safe as possible for your child.
The Living Room
The living room is probably the room that most of us spend the most time in. We gather here to watch TV, socialize or just lounge. Childproofing this room is a bit more difficult than it looks—after all, there’s plenty for a young child to get into! But here’s what you can do:
• Install edge and corner guards on coffee tables, end tables and media cabinets. This will help prevent your child from accidentally bumping their heads on these sharp corners.
• Shorten your window blinds. Dangly window blinds almost beckon a young child to play with them. Taking these up will reduce the likelihood of strangulation.
• Place electrical outlet caps or socket caps on all unused electrical/power sockets to prevent electrocution. Every year, approximately 2,400 kids suffer from burns or severe shock from playing with electrical socket—according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Keep your crawlers and wobbly little walkers away from the stairs. Each year, around 100,000 land themselves in the ER with some bad falls down the stairs. The best way to prevent them from climbing is to install a hardware-mounted gate. Steer clear of pressure-mounted gates; they can open with the right amount of pressure. Make sure that your hardware-mounted gate opens out, not in (for extra security).
The Kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also a dangerous hub for any child. Whether it’s sharp utensils, pots, plates or other objects, it’s easy for a child to get injured with these items around.
• Add cabinet locks and straps to ensure your baby doesn’t open drawers or cabinets with potentially hazardous items inside. You want to reduce the likelihood that they’ll find something that can choke them or poison them.
• Try re-arranging where you store certain items. The higher up, the better for things that they can get into.
The bedroom should always be your baby’s safe zone. With that said, invest in a secure crib that meets all the crucial safety standards. If your child is ready for a bed, ensure that you get one that has side guards made for young children in mind. This will prevent them from accidentally falling out of bed. Also, this is another great room to install edge and corner guards on dressers, changing tables and other bedroom furniture with sharp edges.
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