How to Childproof Your Home

 


Preparing your home before your baby gets mobile

Raising a baby is a busy and stressful time and the first few months can fly by. Before you know it your bundle of joy is on the move and trying to stick their pudgy fingers in places pudgy fingers shouldn’t go. It’s about now that you will want to consider child proofing your home.

When planning your home, safety within the home’s environment is important. Proximity to water, heat and electricity heightens the number of safety hazards need to be considered. Other than that, making a habit of keeping hazardous products or sharp objects from curious little hands is also one way to make sure that your home is safe for your child.

Although, you have equipped your house with a safety device, your supervision towards the child’s movement and whereabouts in the house is still the most important thing that you need to focus on for the first few years of the baby’s life.

What you need:

  • Outlet covers
  • Smoke detectors with working batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safety gates
  • Surface bumpers and corner guards
  • Door knob covers
  • Press and slide mounting plates
  • Wire guards/cord controls
  • Toilet lid locks
  • Furniture anchor

How to Childproof your Home

  • First thing to do is to install an outlet cover
    •  It is just a small plastic cover that you can simply install into the prongs of your sockets
    • There is also a full plate unit that covers your socket entire unit designed with a sliding or turning outlet for its opening cover. You need to insert the plug  in order for you to open the outlet before pushing the plug into the outlet in your wall.
  • Install and test your house smoke alarms. Most smoke detectors have a test button which omits a loud beeping sound. To ensure the battery doesn’t go flat check the battery every three months.
  • If you have extra budget, you should consider installing safety gates either the swing type or sliding type at each of your door entrance, plus also one each at the top and at the bottom of your stairways.
  • The next step is to cover sharp edges of furniture and also your fireplace hearths. Apart from that, you also need to place a gate to fireplaces and wood stove.
  • You also need to cover your door knob in order to keep your children from going outside of the house or even entering prohibited rooms.
  • If a certain room in your house has extra cables or cords secure these using an extra cord control kit to tie up  them up. These can be hidden by using a wire guard
  • You should also consider using transparent guards on your TV, VCR as well as DVD Guards. Make sure that your TV, VCR, and DVD remote control guards are using a transparent guard to ensure the guard doesn’t interfere with the interface of the remote control
  • Another dangerous item in your house is the toilet lid. To secure ensure a toilet lock is fitted.
  • As for large furniture, you need to strap them with an anchor so that they would not fall down on your child especially the tables, desks, dressers or any other large furniture that you have
  • Place a fire extinguisher in your house for safety precautions especially in the
 kitchen



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