Maybe you have a bun in the oven. Maybe your toddlers are finding new and creative ways to explore. Whatever your reasons for considering home safety, here are just five ways to start childproofing.
Beware the Air
Indoor air pollution has been linked to asthma in children. It’s vitally important that you raise your kids in the fresh air. The good news is that it’s easy enough to identify common household pollutants like drain cleaners, paint strippers, laundry detergent and furniture polish, so even if you can’t avoid using these things, you can take countermeasures to purify the air as you do.
Lock Your Doors
This doesn’t just apply to your front door. You should also think about things like cupboard doors, closet doors, and dog doors. Safety latches are one of the most common ways of keeping curious fingers from reaching under the sink, but you can also look into locks, bars, gates, guards and other childproofing materials. One type might be more suitable for your home and lifestyle than another.
Secure the Bathroom
In addition to locking the medicine cabinet, you might also want to install toilet locks to keep your little ones from peering inside or flushing their favorite toys down the drain. As for the sinks and showers, consider fitting them with anti-scalding devices that will prevent hot water from causing burns. Kids can’t always distinguish the “hot” tap from the “cold” one.
Identify Backyard Hazards
If you have a pool, consider pool fencing. If you have a hot tub, buy a removable hot tub cover. If you do a lot of home repairs, invest in a locked shed for your power tools. You should also be on the lookout for things like rusted playground equipment and broken HVAC units. You’ll need to be vigilant to keep your kids from clambering on or around something that isn’t safe.
Prevent Electrical Mishaps
Outlet covers will stop your kids from poking fingers and forks into high voltages. You can also install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that will automatically turn off appliances when they come into contact with water. Basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and utility closets are all danger zones when it comes to electricity, so pay close attention to their wires, circuits, and outlets.
Childproofing isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but it’s worth a little effort now to prevent a big accident tomorrow. Use these tips to ensure that your home is always a safe place for growing minds and bodies.