Having a child in your home is a god’s gift with lots of exciting joyful moments. As the child totally depends on elders, so it is necessary to provide a safe environment to your child. Childproofing also called baby proofing is the act of making the surroundings or an object safer for the children. It may sometimes seem odd to Childproof your home when your infant can’t roll (he/she is very small), but don’t forget that he/she will be rolling around & get into things very fast. So it is never too soon, take a time for childproofing your home when your little one has just arrived or even before he arrives!
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Childproofing your home is not an easy task. Curious minds of children always look for interesting elements to play right from climbing on kitchen counters to reaching out to cookie jars and experimenting with electronic gadgets etc & so on.
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The unintentional, accidental injury is one of the top killers of children all over the world. Prevention is always better than the cure to eliminate almost all of these injuries. You should take proper safety measures & follow the safety tips for kids to keep your children safe at home.
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The best way to begin Childproofing your house is to get down on your hands & knees and see what your child sees or is able to see! This is the process which you need to repeat at regular intervals when your kids are in between 15 months to 5 years old.
Basic Important Child Safety Tips:
01. Talk with your children & teach them basic proper safety.
02. Keep all the emergency & doctor’s contact numbers on the fridge or stored in your phone in case of an accident!
03. Child-Proof devices to keep your child safe at home.
04. Keep Smoke Detectors on every level of your home.
05. Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors near sleeping areas & at least 15 feet/ 4.6 meters, away from fuel-burning appliances.
06. Use Cordless Phones so you never have to leave your child unattended during your phone calls.
07. Have Safety Gates for Stairs, or at any other such areas which are to be restricted for kids.
08. Install Anti-scald Devices to your bathroom faucets for regulating hot water flow.
09. Place Corner & Edge Guards or Bumpers for sharp corners of your home furniture.
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10. Install Doorknob Covers & Door Locks to prevent children from leaving the home.
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11. Door Stoppers & Door Holders to protect the children’s fingers & hands from getting caught in doors and door hinges.
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12. Outlet Covers & Outlet Plates(Make sure they are not easily removable for children and that they are large enough so the children won’t choke on them)
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13. Safety Netting for decks & balconies
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14. Safety Locks and Latches(For Drawers and Cabinets)
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15. Check the floor for small objects that a baby could swallow: pins, buttons, nails & coins.
16. Move plants off the floor as many are poisonous & they usually try to eat it.
Know in detail the safety tips for kids for different rooms of your house:
01. Child Safety in your Living/Bedroom:
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- Your child will learn to walk by the support of the table edge. If the edge of the table is sharp, child’s heads and eyes areas can be badly cut by that edges. Coffee tables, TV unit & even window ledges offer plenty of sharp corners. You can use bumpers for protecting your children from those sharp edges for your child safety.
- Make sure that all your furniture is balanced properly with the floor. Unbalanced furniture can fall on your children.
- Lock all the shutters of furniture which can be easily operated & opened by using latches.
- TV on stands need to be anchored to the wall securely. If a child tries to climb on a TV stand, there is a chance that the set can fall on them.
- Shield your fireplace with the guard door, as kids could fall & injure themselves against a sharp or stony hearth. Use heat resistant gates while flames are burning. The door should be locked when not in use & also keep fire stoking tools & wood logs out of reach.
- You could cover your all lower height electrical outlets with outlets protectors.
- Place your photo frames out of reach, If your child knocks over or drops a frame, the glass can break & can cut them. Try to mount them on the wall or replace your frames to plastic instead of wood or metal.
- Don’t place any furniture near your windows.
- In your bedroom, keep hairdryers & other tools unplugged & out of reach.
- Keep body spray/perfumes, hair sprays, nail polish & remover, make up, & other items out of the reach of children for your child safety.
02. Child Safety in your Bathroom:
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- Install safety latches on cabinets & drawers for your child safety.
- Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies out of reach, locked in a cupboard or placed on a high shelf.
- Install a toilet lock to keep the toilet lid closed, so little fingers don’t get damaged.
- Cover the tub spout to protect his head in case of fall. Rubber spout covers can protect your child from the hit.
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- After baths, make sure that you mop up all water on the floor. When toddlers fall, they are more likely to hit their head & face because they are too young to be able to break their fall using their arms. You can also use nonslip mats in & out of the tub as well as on the floor of the bathroom for safety.
- Install anti-scald device on faucets & shower heads to prevent your child from burns & adjust your water heater temperature to 120 degrees F to prevent scalding.
03. Child Safety in your Kitchen:
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- Install safety latches on lower drawers & cabinets to keep children away from household products.
- Keep kitchenware, appliances, glass crockery & sharp things like a knife should be kept away from the edge of counters & tables. As banging on pots & pans is an old routine for the children. Once they find a pot, they consider it as a toy. And when a mother uses that pot for cooking, the child might reach for it & get burnt!
- Use back burners for cooking whenever possible & turn the handles of pots & pans toward the back of the stove.
- Use stove knob covers & oven door locks to prevent it from your child touch.
- Make lower cabinets more protected. Cleaning products like drains opener, dishwasher detergent, furniture polish & toxic, secure the cabinet with the lock or otherwise place those chemicals high!
- Refrigerators are also not secure. if your child is able to pull your fridge open on his own, install a latch. Keep choking hazards like grapes & nuts, glass bottles & poisons out or reach on high shelves.
- Don’t leave insect traps in places where your baby can find them.
04. Other Safety Tips for Kids in the House:
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- Use safety gates at the top & bottom of the stairs. Do not design your stair railing horizontal, otherwise, children will try to climb on it! Design your railing in vertical patterns & place balusters with minimum distance as possible (approx 4″).
- Use doorknob covers to keep children away from the hazardous area such as swimming pool. Be careful that these devices are easy for adults to use in the emergency.
- If you have low height window make it safe by installing grill. Install window guards & window wedges to prohibit children from opening & prevent any accident while opening windows.
- Cordless shades or cord cleats are the way to keep blinds safe for kids. Install permanent tie downs. Looped pull cords can also be cut into two strands, the end of which can be finished with tassels.