The next time you want to visualize the things in your home like your little one does, we suggest that you crawl around the house. Once you have got their perspective, you will get to know the potential dangers that your little one can face. There are dangers in every room of your home and you will need to childproof the rooms according to the equipments in it. Child-proofing your home helps you avoid any untoward incidents that can take place.
Let’s check the rooms at your home and suggest safety equipments that you should have to make your home less accident prone.
1. Living room
You are likely to have sofas and chairs in this area and also centre tables, TV tables and trolleys. Use safety corners on these equipments and any sharp objects that may be in your living room. Ensure that all your heavy furniture is secured tight if they are on the wall, place TV sets and trolley’s against the wall and replace all electrical sockets with childproof sockets. If you have loose electrical cords near your electrical equipment, then tape it down. Don’t keep any plants indoors and ensure that you don’t have any furniture placed against the windows. Install a gate near the staircase if you have one, so that your baby does not have an access to the stairs.
This is possibly the second most important area where kids love to explore and play with the posts and pans. Ensure that you keep all chemicals, cleaning supplies, detergents and washing liquids securely and out of reach. If you do not have cabinets out of the child’s reach, then ensure that you use a child-proof lock on the cabinets. Use latches to secure drawers and cupboards that are within your tot’s reach. Keep the oven door locked and when cooking, turn away the hands of the pots and pans to avoid an accidental spill. Yes, we know that magnets looks pretty on the fridge, bit avoid using them because your little one can accidentally swallow one.
We know how much the kids love to splash around in water! Never leave the kids unattended in the bathroom when they are having a bath. Babies can drown in very little water. Ensure that you have installed lid locks for the toilet seat and keep all medication and cosmetics away from your child’s reach. Use a temperature checker to monitor the water temperature you use for your baby. Keep an anti-skid mat in the bathroom to avoid any kind of injuries. Install safety latches on the door to avoid your baby accidentally locking themselves in the bath.
If you already have a nursery for your kids, then there are a few things you need to have in the nursery to ensure that your kids are safe in it. A baby monitor is a must if your baby sleeps away from you. You will be able to monitor the activities of the baby with a monitor. Ensure that there are no hanging toys within your baby’s reach in the crib.
For older children, ensure that the toy chests are either lidless or have a mechanism where the lid stays up when it is opened. Avoid cluttering the crib extra toys and blankets that may suffocate the child. Never place a crib near the windows.
- Always look out for tiny objects that could cause any accidents. Always keep the floor clean and pick up any coins, clips or other small objects that may have fallen on the floor.
- Secure heavy fixtures to the wall and place television trolleys against the wall. Ensure that all things are secured to avoid furniture trip overs.
- Install window stops that do not allow a window to open more than a particular length. If you have full windows, install grills and a mesh that can prevent falls.
- Consider keeping a fire extinguisher at home that will allow controlling a fire breakout.
- Use door locks that can avoid slamming of doors.
- Always keep a first aid box handy at home.
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