According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9 million children visited the emergency department due to unintentional injuries. Some of the common causes of the injuries are falls, being stuck against an object, overexertion, suffocation, burns, and poisoning. Although our homes might seem as the safest place in the world, there hide numerous threats for our little ones. Fortunately, there are ways to make your home a safer place for your children, who are exploring the world around them by touching everything and going everywhere. Here is a guide on how to childproof each room in your house.
The Living Room
The living/family room is the place where your kids probably spend most of their time. It is also one of the rooms with the most heavy objects and sharp corners. If you are feeling up for it, you can first redecorate the whole room and replace the cornered furniture with round varieties. Still, some minor updates and changes should be enough to make your living room a safer place.
- Secure the dangling cords from the TV, lamps, etc. by using zip ties or electrical tape.
- Cover the electrical outlets with baby-proof caps, so that your kids’ little fingers do not find their way in.
- Secure the rugs, because they can be slippery and cause falls.
- Secure the furniture that could tip or fall. Large items should be held tight to the wall, and smaller can be secured with L brackets.
- Eliminate or soften (soft bumper edges or pipe insulator) the sharp corners.
- Remove small objects that pose a choking hazard.
- Wrap up long curtains, blinds and cords.
The kitchen is not the place where kids spend a lot of time, but if they do wander in, they are exposed to many risks.
- Install safety latches on drawers and cabinets, so the kids cannot open them.
- Store medicines and household products far from food.
- Keep appliances and dishes out of reach.
- Lock the dishwasher.
- Update your kitchen with safe appliances.
- Make the necessary upgrades like oven repairs if you have a problem with unstable doors or cracked glass.
- Never leave open household products within their reach.
Some of the childproofing actions in the kitchen should be repeated in the bathroom, such as installing safety hatchets and covering the electrical outlets. Here are some bathroom-specific actions.
- Install toilet locks.
- Store medicines, cleaning and hygiene products in their original containers, far from children’s reach.
- Unplug electric rollers and hair dryer after use.
- Install anti-scalding devices on shower head and faucets to prevent burns.
- Set the water thermostat to 120 degrees. A child can get third-degree burns from being exposed to 140 degrees for no more than 3 seconds.
Around the House
You cannot limit the kids’ movement to only one specific room, and it is only natural that they want to explore all parts of the house, including the stairs, hallways, etc., but you can make those parts safer, too.
- Mount gates to top of staircases.
- Use door knob covers to prevent kids from entering non-childproof rooms and going outside.
- Put corner bumpers on furniture and other sharp items.
- Do not keep the furniture near the windows so that the kids would not use it to climb on the windowsills.
- Lock the window blinds and make sure the windows do not have loose cords.
- Secure the rugs and the furniture as you did in the living room.
Keeping the kids out of danger is the main concern of every parent, and your home is the place where you should start ensuring their safety, so do not wait with childproofing your house any longer.
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