Childproof Home Safety Tips
Preventable accidents are the number one cause of childhood deaths. The safety of your child can depend on childproofing your home. It’s imperative to start the process before your child becomes mobile at six months of age. Check out these basic safety tips for five danger zones in your home.
General Home Checklist
- Electrical danger lurks within the reach of electrical outlets, plugs, and loose wires. Cover empty outlet sockets with outlet protectors. Keep power strips out of reach. Check all electrical cords for accessibility and damage..
- Have a fire safety plan. Install a fire alarm on each floor, as well as carbon monoxide detectors. Have fire extinguishers and don’t forget flame retardant sleepwear for children.
- Check carpets and rugs for mobility and use non-skid backing if needed.
- Remove glass breakables from shelves and areas within a child’s reach.
- All choking hazards throughout the house should be removed including toys with small parts that could separate during play.
- All guns should be kept separate from ammunition and locked for safety.
- Hanging tie cords and blinds should be secured out of reach.
- Windows should be securely locked.
Use a baby gate on stairs to prevent a child from falls. When age appropriate, parents teach their children safety techniques of maneuvering stairs on their belly’s in the event the gate is compromised.
Remove all sharp edged or glass topped furniture.
Try to remove all sharp edged surfaces where children spend the most time.
Coffee tables, end tables, and cabinets could be danger zones with falls. There are plastic attachments called Rounders that turn sharp edges into round edges. Check your local baby store or on-line.
Kitchen, Bathrooms, Utility areas
Keep all cleaning supplies and poisonous materials up high and out of reach.
Use childproof locks on all medicines and bottles when possible. Keep the poison control center number handy. A lock on this cabinet or drawer provides an extra safety measure.
Water safety for entire home
Prevent scalding by setting controls on your water heater below 130 degrees.
To prevent drowning, empty all water from bathtubs and pails, keep the door to the bathroom closed and never leave your child alone near any container of water.
Swimming pools should have a locked gate around the entire area.
Follow these basic safety tips for childproofing your home to best prevent accidents.