When it comes to the health and safety of our children, we can never be too careful. Although many childproofing tips may seem like common sense, it can be difficult to remember every safety measure around the house.
Here are my 7 tips for childproofing your home:
1. Block stairways with gates. Even older children are at risk for falling down the stairs during play. Installing a gate can prevent children from having a nasty spill down the stairs.
2. Keep an eye out for small objects lying around. If there are any older children around, have them pick up their toys, as they often include smaller parts and objects. Once balloons deflate or burst, get rid of them immediately as these are one of the most dangerous choking hazards.
3. Tie blind cords up. Some blinds come with long cords that children are able to reach. Tying the cords up can stop unexpected accidents during play time.
4. Buy a lock or locked cabinet to store hazardous materials. Keep medicine (even vitamins), matches and cigarette lighters up high and locked away. Cleaning chemicals and weapons should be locked at all times. Investing in a few cabinet latches can ensure children do not get into lower cabinets.
5. Be mindful of windows. Keep furniture away from windows to prevent falling through. Putting up window guards are a good way to put a stop to falling as well.
6. Consider safety hazards in the kitchen. Make sure cutlery and alcohol is out of reach and locked up. When cooking on the stove, cook on the back burners with the handles out of reach. Set your water heater to a lower temperature to prevent burns.
7. Use rugs on wooden floors and linoleum. Placing non-slip rugs down can make the surfaces less slippery for playing children.
What childproofing tips do you have? Are there any childproofing devices you recommend? We would love to hear from you – leave your comments below!