Children are very curious by nature and they like to play with unfamiliar items. Unfortunately, they are still not aware of all the hidden dangers that are lurking around the house and they can easily end up hurting themselves. Therefore, it’s extremely important to do your best to childproof your home room by room, and thus prevent any serious accidents from happening.
Before we hop on to the subject, this post is contributed by Cooper Klein, he is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator.com and several other sites. You can connect with him on his Twitter too. So here is our list of essential home safety tips that will help you finish this project in no time.
1. Keep cleaning products out of their reach
First things first, cleaning products can be extremely dangerous if swallowed due to the chemicals they contain. Unfortunately, many of these have colorful packaging which is extremely attractive to children who can be tempted to open them and try what’s inside. Therefore, you should keep these products out of your kids’ reach at all times. For example, you can either place them on the highest shelf in your bathroom which your child can’t climb onto or simply keep your cabinets locked. You should also think about using natural homemade cleaners which are less harmful both to the environment and your family members. Finally, make sure to talk to your children and explain how harmful cleaning products can be so that they know to stay away from them when spending time at other houses well.
2. Cover all electrical sockets
Sockets can be very interesting to a child who will definitely, at one point, try to stick their fingers or a toy inside. So, instead of constantly living in fear that your child will be electrocuted, don’t forget to buy plastic covers for all the sockets in the house. On top of that, remember to perform regular check-ups of the wiring system and have all the damaged electric cords repaired as soon as possible. Of course, since we can’t predict everything that could go wrong, it’s highly advisable to have a phone number of a trained emergency electrician who will be at your disposal and act quickly in case of an unexpected accident. Finally
3. Install a smoke alarm
Setting up a smoke alarm in your home is simply a must if you want to be sure that your children and other family members are absolutely safe. However, simply installing it won’t be
4. Install a guard on your windows
As soon as your child learns how to crawl and stand up, they will reach for the windows. Therefore, make sure to install guards on all the windows which are low to the floor. The same goes for any window seats you may have. Furthermore, once you’ve ensured that your kids can not fall out of the window, remember to switch your old coverings with cordless blinds. This way, you won’t have to worry that your child’s neck will get caught in a looped cord.
5. Secure your kitchen appliances
Last but not least, the kitchen is probably one of the most dangerous parts of the house for young children. However, this doesn’t mean that you should never let them in, especially since, if something is forbidden, it will instantly become even more interesting and fascinating for them. Instead, you should start by securing all your drawers and locking the ones where you keep the cutlery. Then, try to position all your small appliances towards the back of the counters so that your child can’t turn them over and get seriously injured. Also, remember to use a stove guard that you will attach to the front and thus prevent your child from reaching the burners. Finally, as we’ve already mentioned, talking to your kids about safety issues is essential since that’s the only way to be sure that your child will learn how to take care of themselves. As you can see, childproofing your home doesn’t have to be that hard after all. You just need to consider all the dangers