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Childproofing: Keeping your kids safe at home

Your home can be a dangerous place for a child or a baby, especially in areas such as the living room, bathroom, study, and even the backyard.

It is important for you to devise measures that could prevent accidents from happening to your kids.

Children, especially babies are often curious about the things around them and have the urge to touch things and putting them in their mouths. You need to be conscious of their safety and here are some tips to help you.

When you have young kids, your home could be a danger zone unless you make it childproof and safe for them.

From the bathroom, living room, library, backyard and down to the basement, there are things that you may find which can be potentially dangerous, such as electrical outlets, glass cabinets, medicines or sharp items, just to name a few.

Bathroom safety

Always make sure to keep the door closed. If your child needs to go to the bathroom, make sure you are aware. Provide anti-slip floor matting on tiles to prevent children from slipping on the floor.

Make sure the toilet seat is always closed. There are also cushioned toilet lids that can be used to serve as protection and provide cushion on hard toilet bowl surfaces.

Install latches on medicine cabinets and keep hazardous cleaning chemicals out of children’s reach.

Set water heaters to a minimum setting as default and as an anti-scalding measure. Teach your children how to operate, but make sure that you get to check heat settings first before letting them take a shower.

Safety caps

Put safety caps on wall outlets. Make sure there are no pronged or pointed metal objects that toddlers may play with and plug into outlets.

Rubber guards

Place rubber guards on sharp edges such as tables, chairs or overhanging shelves. Place anti-slip dampers on staircases and door end.

Library

Make sure books are properly secure in their shelves by making sure it is properly inserted all the way to the wall. Bookends are useful in letting books stay in place and prevent it from falling off the shelves.

Replace the glass of shelf cabinets with acrylic plastic to prevent the chances of breaking and harming children. You can also install a lock on the shelf doors.

Check your garden

Regardless if you have a small or spacious garden area, it is important that you give this your preferential attention. Children love to play outdoors and spend a lot of time frolicking and getting active in the garden.

Make sure to inspect the garden regularly for the presence of harmful, poisonous or toxic plants. There are a number of potentially dangerous ornamental and decorative plants that are popular today such as a number of cactus species, stinging trees, thorny roses, poisonous mushrooms, oleander, azaleas, and succulents, just to name a few.

Replace these with child-friendly plants which may include herbs, fruiting plants or even vegetables. This makes it safer for kids when they get tempted to pick a leaf or fruit and eating it.

Lock the toolsheds

Make sure all your gardening tools and accessories are safely stowed away in your garden shed. Make sure it is closed and locked when not in use, to prevent children from coming in contact with sharp, pointed, or hard objects that they could be tempted to play with.

Do not leave pesticides, weed killers, or any gardening chemicals out in the open. Make sure everything is properly organized inside the tool shed to also provide you with the awareness of items that may be left out of the shed or misplaced somewhere in the garden.

Remove puddles of water

Water puddles can result in slippery surfaces, so make sure it is removed. It can also be a breeding place for mosquitoes or other insects that could be carriers of sickness or diseases.

Swimming pools

Swimming pools can be dangerous for children and ensuring that proper safety precautionary measures are in place to prevent accidents, such as having the pool area fenced and following pool safety regulations.

Do not waste time putting off childproofing your home, as accidents can occur at any time and when you least expect it. So make sure to get it done right away and you can rest assured that you have done your part in protecting your family and loved ones.