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Every parent is familiar with the horror of finding their kids somewhere they shouldn’t be, or with something in their hand they shouldn’t have. One of the easiest ways to avoid situations like these is to kid-proof your house as best as you can, but understandably, it might not be possible to get it completely safe, so it may be worth looking into Coast2Coast First Aid and Aquatics in case there are any unfortunate accidents. But to make your house as safe possible, here are some tips on how to make your home safer for your kids, organised by room:
Latch drawers and cupboards that contain knives or heavy objects, as wily children love to explore. Unplug appliances whenever they’re not in use, and ideally store them out of reach. In place of a kettle, opt for a filtered tap system for hot and cold water. These have a safety lock and helps avoid hot water spills and burns. If you need to purchase a highchair, choose one with a crotch strap to prevent falls. Avoid tablecloths, as children often pull on them, which can be dangerous if the table is covered in hot plates.
Baby gates are an obvious one. Install a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs to prevent your children from climbing up the stairs unattended. Ensure that the gate is attached securely. The type you use will depend on how often you need to use the stairs. For example, if you’ll regularly be carrying laundry upstairs and downstairs, you’ll want a gate that can be opened with one hand. Covering stairs in soft carpet can also be a good idea as it will mean fewer injuries if a fall or slip does happen.
Play helps children’s development immensely, and the living room can be a great place to encourage it. However, there are generally plenty of outlets and heavy objects in living rooms to be aware of. Use outlet covers, and mount the TV on a wall so it can’t be knocked over. Framed photos should be kept high on walls to avoid frames from falling and breaking – as the broken glass can cause injuries. You could create a small gated corner of the room where the kids can play freely without getting themselves into trouble.
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If you don’t want to childproof your own bedroom, consider using a lock so your children can’t get in without you. As far as their own bedrooms go, there are a few ways to make them a little safer. Lower the crib mattress as soon as your child can sit up by themselves. Install a window guard, and use cordless blinds to avoid strangulation hazards. Anchor the dressing table and nightstand to the wall.
Ideally, any time your young child is using the bathroom, he or she will be supervised. However, this isn’t always feasible, so safety proofing the room is still a good idea. Water is one of the main safety concerns in the bathroom. To avoid any unexpected burns in the bath or from the taps, set your water heater to 120 degrees.
To prevent falls, use mats that grip the floor. Unplug all electrical appliances, like hair dryers or razors, when you’re not using them and store them in a safe place. Kids are notorious for getting into medicine cabinets , so use locks for these or keep your medicines in a locked box. You might also consider a toilet lock if your child is very young.
You’ll be with your child every time they’re swimming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take precautions. Build a fence around the area, so there’s no chance of accidental falling, and make sure that there’s nothing for small feet to trip over on the pool deck. Make sure you have somewhere to store all pool equipment to reduce trip hazards. You might want to consider investing in something like these 12×20 sheds. Also, consider having the pool covered when it’s not in use, just in case.
The best way to keep kids safe is to keep an eye on them at all times, but every parent knows that this is borderline impossible! Childproofing your home will both keep your kids safe and make you feel much more at ease.
Creative writer Maia Fletcher hails from the quiet city of Gisborne, New Zealand. When she’s not writing articles for her blog and collaborating with technology sites like Trustpower, Maia loves to binge watch mystery movies.