Childproofing Your Home

How to Childproof Your Home 

Anyone with young children living in or visiting their home should take the necessary precautions to keep them safe. Children are naturally curious, leading to dangerous situations if a home isn’t adequately secured. This week, we’re giving you a checklist for every section of your home to ensure it’s a safe and fun place for children of all ages.   

The Yard

A backyard is an excellent place for children to stay active and adventure in, but there are a few precautions to take before they do that;

  • Block off access to pools or hot tubs when children are unsupervised
  • Ensure any playground equipment is secure
  • Lock up access to propane under the grill
  • Have your fence vetted and secured by a professional 
  • Put cushions on sharp edges of patio furniture
  • Make sure to put sharp tools away

The Kitchen

Cleaning supplies and appliances are all hazardous items commonly found in kitchens. To keep the kitchen a kid-friendly space, make sure you do the following:

  • Install safety latches on cabinets, especially low ones
  • Use back burners on the stove
  • Opt for nonflammable curtains, towels, and oven mitts
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use
  • Avoid using a cloth on a dining table
  • Keep cleaning supplies behind a locked door or out of reach
  • Invest in a child-resistant garbage can
  • Secure alcohol in a childproof cabinet

The Living Room

Some problem areas in living rooms include fireplaces and electrical outlets, but there are several things you can do to make this space safer:

  • Cushion sharp edges and corners
  • Block fireplace access with screen or baby gate
  • Invest in outlet covers
  • Remove or anchor unstable furniture
  • Cover all heating and air vents
  • Always unplug cords that are not being used
  • Get a nonslip rug
  • Keep dangling wires out of reach 

Conclusion

Taking these precautions will put your mind at ease and ensure the safety of children. Have questions about making kid-friendly changes to your home? Contact us today!

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