Child Proofing Your House

 

Parents worry endlessly how to protect their child from external dangers that they often forget that the biggest threat to their child’s safety is always around them… Their own house. A normal house is always loaded with potential poisons and other threats that may harm your child like disinfectants, knives, match-box etc. That’s why it is so important to child proof your house.

How to child proof house? Which area is more threatening for child? How to keep house child proof before “baby’s birth”, “before your baby crawls”, and “before your baby start toddling and climbing”. These are the questions that haunt all the parents, so let’s discuss about these issues.

You’ll find all types of gadget that can help to child proof your house. You can install them on your own or you can hire an expert to do it for you. But always remember no gadget can be substitute for your eyes and ears.

 

Scope out the territory

The most effective way to ensure your baby's safety is to take a baby's-eye view of your home. Get down on your hands and knees and see how things look from down there.

What's within reach? What looks tempting? Where would you go if you could crawl, toddle, or walk? This will help you figure out which cupboards, drawers, and other spaces your child might get into. As your child starts walking and climbing, you'll have to reevaluate again, looking higher each time. Carefully lock up or stow away every potential poison or other hazard, including cleaning products, medicines, vitamins, and knives. Use gates to limit your child's access to areas of your home that might contain dangerous items.

Keep an eye out for tiny objects that your baby could choke on. Pick up any coins, marbles, beads, paper clips, and other small objects you find on low tables or the floor or in low drawers or cupboards.

 

Protect outlets

It's a good idea to protect electrical outlets with outlet covers. Unfortunately, the removable little plug-in caps can easily end up in your baby's mouth. Instead, replace the outlet covers themselves – at least those that are accessible – with ones that include a sliding safety latch.

If you're using extension cords in your home, cover any exposed outlets with electrical tape.

 

Use caution with furniture and fixture

Large or heavy bookcases, dressers, and appliances are real hazards: Bolt whatever you can to the wall. Push items like televisions back from the edge of the furniture they're on or move them out of reach, and then secure them, too. Always put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers to make furniture less top-heavy.

Babies start pulling up on furniture shortly after they start crawling. And when they learn how to climb, watch out! Some children scale counters, bookcases, and anything else they can grab on to. Place floor lamps behind other furniture so that their base is out of your child's reach.

Furniture corners are another common hazard, especially those found on coffee tables. Cover all sharp corners and hearth edges with bumpers to soften the impact if your child falls.

 

Check ties on blinds and curtains

Window blinds pose a particular hazard because a baby's neck could become trapped in the cords that raise the blinds or run through the slats. A child can become entangled in a looped window cord and strangle in a matter of minutes. Use cordless window coverings wherever possible, and avoid placing your baby's crib near a window.

If you have curtains with pull cords in your home, either cut off the pull cords or use cord shorteners or wind-ups to keep them out of reach. You can also replace a cord loop with a safety tassel.

 

Check your doors and windows

Keep furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing up and reaching the windowsill. Tragically, thousands of children fall from windows every year.

Use doorstops or door holders on doors and door hinges to prevent injuries to hands. Children are prone to getting their small fingers and hands pinched or crushed in closing doors.

 

Prevent poisoning

It is very important to keep all type of cleaners and disinfectant away from child’s reach. As we know they try to feel everything with their mouths to sense if that thing is dangerous or not. And disinfectant can be really dangerous.

Likewise dispose every outdated medicines. And look closely for any hidden poisons. And look out for lead. Since lead dust can lead to lead poisoning which leads to learning disabilities, kidney problems, and brain damage.

 

Prepare for emergency

Always be prepared for emergencies, because with kids you don’t want to take any chances. You can do that by keeping emergencies number on your phone, by stocking all emergency medicines and first aid supplies.

 

Always remember “child proofing is an ongoing process”- Altman.