When parents have a child in their lives, it’s a complete joy, but it can also be a little scary for them because of the need to protect their child from any dangers, such as those in the home. It’s completely understandable that parents would worry for their child’s safety around the house, especially because it’s the place that the child looks to for comfort. With that, here are some helpful tips for childproofing your home and making sure your young son/daughter has safe and happy early years at home.
One of the top things parents should do to protect their child from harm at home is setting up safety gates on staircases. Whether you want your child to stay downstairs or upstairs, always make sure that the safety gates are tightly secure so the child can’t knock them over.
At some point, your child will be able to reach the doorknobs anywhere in the house. If you have a basement, you have to be extra careful to see that your child doesn’t get injured on the stairs. It would be a smart idea to have a lock near the top of the door, so even if the child manages to reach the doorknob, the basement door will still be closed because of the lock.
When you have a child, it’s a given that there are going to be various playthings around the house. Don’t worry, I’m not about to say that parents should deny their child toys, because that would be ridiculously over-the-top. What parents should do, however, is make sure that any toys that the child has don’t include small pieces that they would feel enticed to place in their mouths, creating a choking hazard.
When a child is watching television, you want to make sure that they are safe from the device falling over and injuring them. In this case, it would be wise to order TV quake straps or tie-down straps to help keep the television in place. You can also use TV safety straps, which can just as well be utilized for other kinds of heavy furniture.
In order to prevent your child from getting into household chemicals in the lower cabinets, install safety locks, latches, or straps that will keep the cabinet doors firmly closed to stop children from handling hazardous substances.
In your house, you’re most likely going to have electrical outlets in every room. To prevent young children from doing harm to themselves, put plastic protective coverings onto every electrical outlet.
Once your child begins to use a bed instead of a crib, they are still fairly small and fragile, so be sure to install railings on the sides of the bed to prevent your child from falling out.
Finally, always watch over your child when he/she is in the kitchen, particularly if the oven or stove is on, if there are any sharp cooking utensils out for use, or if there is any uncooked food on the counter waiting to be prepared.