How to Childproof Your Home
Although there is much joy and excitement around the house when a new baby arrives, there is also so much more responsibility and safety needed. There are a multitude of safety hazards around the house, many of which you didn’t even know existed. That said; ensuring that newborns and young children stay safe within your home can be made simple with the following quick and easy tweaks.
- Always run the cold tap before the hot when filling a bath and never ever leave the room when there is even a tiny amount of water filled. Small children can drown in the smallest amount of water so it’s never ever worth taking the risk even if you’re just running to the cupboard for a towel.
- Remove all cleaners, bleach, etc from the bathroom and use them just as required locking them away securely after each use. The same goes for razors and electrical appliances as they should also be securely put away after each use.
- Be extra careful when it comes to medicines by securing bottles with child-proof caps and ensuring they are kept in a safe place. That way the danger is minimised if children do happen to get their hands on them.
- If you’re planning a bathroom renovations, then it’s particularly important to store items in a safe and secure place such as the attic.
- Store toxic cleaners and detergents out of reach at all times and locked away if possible. Dishwasher tablets can be particularly appealing to little people due to their resemblance to individually wrapped sweeties.
- It may sound obvious but keep all sharp objects such as knives out of reach at all times. Potentially dangerous larger kitchen items with blades, such as blenders, should also be locked away if possible. Safety latches are a good investment for this reason.
- If shopping for a new oven, choose one with a well-insulated door to protect small wandering hands.
- If you happen to have a gas stovetop with removable temperature dials, it is a good idea to get in the habit of removing them when not cooking to minimise danger.
- Refrigerator magnets can be a big choking hazard for small children and should be out of reach or removed from the kitchen altogether.
- Unplug toasters and all other small appliances when not in use and store them in a secure area. Getting in the habit of using socket protectors will also help put your mind at ease by keeping little fingers out.
Dining/Living Room Safety
- Don’t leave a table cloth on the dining table long term. It could cause serious harm if pulled by your toddler, especially if the table is holding other hazardous items.
- Check your table, chairs and other furniture for wood splinters and protruding nails.
- Ensure that televisions are secured firmly to the wall. This is a big source of danger for children in the home with many related accidents occurring each year.
It’s important to readjust your home to ensure household safety and we hope that the above changes will get you on your way to creating a happy and safe environment for your little one.