Safety Tips for Childproofing Your Home

One of the biggest concerns a parent can have is keeping their child safe. With so much going on in today’s world, it can be easy to overlook the dangers within your own home. Whether your child is running or crawling, here some tips for childproofing your home.

Household

  • Childproof latches: use on cabinets and drawers that contain dangerous or fragile items
  • Cord shorteners: use with blinds and electric cords to eliminate twisting, tripping or strangling
  • Cushioned corner covers:  use for tables, countertops and other sharp corners
  • Electrical outlet covers: it’s amazing what those little fingers can get into, so don’t let them get zapped
  • Gates: use around stairs, balconies, or other risky areas
  • VCR lock: because VCRs are made for movies, not sandwiches!
  • Window guards: use to prevent falls; set them loose enough so that older kids can undo them in case of an emergency
  • Door stops and door holders: use to prevent fingers from being crushed in doorways and hinges
  • Safety netting: use at windows and balconies to prevent falls
  • Rugs and mats: tape down or remove loose floor coverings

Kitchen

  • Lockable/latched cabinets/drawers: use for knives and sharp tools and for breakable items like glasses and plates.

Bathroom

  • Cushioned faucet guard: use to prevent head bumps
  • Slip-proof mat or nonskid appliqués: keep those feet on solid ground
  • Toilet latches: because toddlers are top heavy and can easily drown
  • Antiscald devices: use on faucets and shower heads
  • Childproof latches: store all medications, cosmetics, mouthwash, razors, cleaners, etc. safely out of reach
  • Water temperature: Set hot water heaters at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the chance of a burn

Yard

  • Rubber or nonslip treads: use on wooden stairs.
  • Fences: use around swimming pools and other dangerous areas (some states have laws on this)
  • Bolts: tighten any protruding bolts or loose nuts on outdoor play equipment, fences and gates

Little emergencies are bound to happen during your parental experience, but there’s no need for avoidable tragedies. These few simple steps for a more child-friendly home can help to ensure the safety of your child in the years to come.