If you’re bringing a new baby or child into the home, it’s very important that you child proof your home. Or maybe you already have a baby or children at home and you are now learning of the importance of childproofing your home. The important thing to remember is that it is never too late to make these changes that could end up saving your child’s life.
Nearly 3 million children are killed or seriously injured each year in household accidents. It is the number one reason for childhood fatalities. Those are some pretty staggering statistics when you look at it. The worst part is that most of these accidents could be avoided when the proper child proof measures are in place in every single room of your home.
As a mother of four, I know for a fact that you cannot keep your eyes on them 24/7, no matter how hard you try. There will always be that moment when your child slips away from you and all it takes in many cases is a brief moment and your child could be injured or even killed.
When childproofing your home, it’s important to childproof each room in the home and the outdoor areas and play areas, not just rooms that your child stays in or plays in. every room in your home has unique challenges when it comes to childproofing. This is why you need to take each room at a time and look at the ways it can be childproofed.
Here are some basic tips for getting started on each room:
Kitchen- Childproof the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen. They make safety latches that parents can open but little ones cannot. When cooking, use a baby gate to try to prevent your child from entering. Always cook on the back burners when you can and do not leave pot or pan handles sticking out the front of the stove where little ones may try to grab them. Never open the oven with a little one crawling or walking about. They can jump onto it in an instant.
Bathroom- Turn the thermostat for your water heater at or below 120 degrees to prevent burns. Put toilet seat locks on the toilets if you have a crawler/toddler. Install anti-scalding devices on your sinks and showers. Use cabinet latches to lock the bathroom cabinets or drawers.
Bedrooms and living areas- Use electrical outlet plugs to prevent your child sticking fingers or objects in. use baby gates on stairwells and other areas you don’t want your child to enter. Just keep in mind as they hit toddling age, they will attempt to crawl over these gates. Avoid hanging blind cords as they can cause a strangulation hazard. Use child locks on the windows of upstairs rooms.
Outdoor and other safety- Always keep your smoke alarms updated and be sure they are working properly and that you have enough in your home. If you have a pool, practice proper pool safety and never leave the pool uncovered or unlocked or your child alone in the pool- even for a second.
These are just a few basic tips to get you started on childproofing your home. They can mean the difference in life or death of your child in the event of an accident. It may be a hassle and time-consuming process to set it all up, but your child’s life and well-being is certainly worth it.