A visit from the grandchildren is an exciting experience. If they live a good distance away from you, then there might be times when you can’t see them as often as you like. Whether your grandchildren are babies or in school, there are some things that you want to do around the home to prevent injuries that might occur. It could take some time and the help of a professional, but the steps that you take could save a life.
Any kind of chemical should be put in a cabinet that can’t be reached by children. Don’t tell children which cabinet holds the items, such as bug spray or bleach. If you need something from this cabinet, then it’s best to get it yourself instead of letting children get the items for you. Cleaning chemicals and pesticides can cause damage to the stomach and other areas of the body when swallowed and sometimes result in death of the child.
Place a cover over electrical outlets so that children don’t stick anything in them, like a piece of metal or even a finger. A company like ALPHA OMEGA ELECTRIC can come to the home to put new switch-plates on the walls where they are high enough for children not to be able to reach them. Companies can also install outlets that are protected if you don’t have the materials to do so yourself. Electrical cords should also be put out of reach so that children don’t get strangled or try to plug the cord into an outlet the wrong way.
Some children are able to cook with assistance. However, no child should be able to operate the knobs on the stove alone. There are plastic covers that you can put on the knobs to prevent them from being turned unless you remove them. They also help to prevent younger children from accidentally turning them when they are walking around the kitchen and exploring. The reasoning for turning knobs on the stove is that many toys that children play with already have knobs, so they think that they can play with this large appliance as well.
If you don’t have carpet in the entire home, then consider putting a mat down on a playroom floor or carpet in a playroom where children can safely play. You want to put a gate up to keep children in this room so that they are safe. Soft carpet can help to keep knees from getting rug burn.
When grandchildren come to visit, you want to provide a safe environment. Child-proof the home ahead of time so that it stays that way while the children are young. Talk to children while they are at the home to explain why there are devices in place.