In the baby’s eyes, a home is one huge playground. He sees many things to climb over, touch, pull, or taste. While it’s fun to watch him learn new things as he grows, it’s also heartbreaking to see him get injured. It’s important therefore to take proper safety measures to create a safe environment for him to play. Here are some useful tips to help you childproof your home:
To Prevent Injury
Use safety gates in the doorways, and at the top and bottom of the stairs. This helps to prevent kids from falling and keep them away from dangerous areas. However, because some kids can be very stubborn, it’s advisable to use gates that they cannot open easily.
Put door locks and door knob covers in the bathroom, kitchen, swimming pool and all other dangerous areas to prevent kids from getting injured. However, ensure that these devices can be easily used by adults in case of an emergency.
Secure TVs and bookshelves to the wall with anchors and brackets to prevent the baby from falling if he tries to climb onto them. Also, make sure that heavier items are stored at the bottom of shelves and drawers to avoid a potential fall on the baby.
Keep cribs and other furniture away from high windows to prevent kids from climbing onto the window.
Keep all sharp objects such as scissors and knives away from kids. This should also include anything that can break easily like, glasses.
Never leave the baby alone with a pet unsupervised. It only takes one moment for him to harm your baby.
To prevent a child from accidentally pulling the trigger on himself, or the people around him, avoid keeping a gun in the car or at home. If you have to, make sure it’s unloaded and locked up in a safe place.
Install safety latches and locks on all drawers and cabinets to keep dangerous household products away from children. All medicines and other poisonous substances should be kept out of their reach and locked up. Also make sure that the safety latches are strong enough to withstand constant pulling from kids, but easy to use by adults.
To Prevent Burns
Unplug all household items, including toasters, fans, and microwaves after use, and store them away from children.
If possible, install smoke detectors in every room in your home to alert you of a fire outbreak. Carry out a monthly inspection and a yearly change of battery to ensure that they’re working properly and continuously.
It takes only 3 seconds for a baby to sustain third-degree burns from water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, make sure that the temperature of the water heater is always set at 120 degrees to prevent hot water burns. Also, install anti-scald devices on your shower heads and faucets to help regulate water temperature and prevent potential burns.
Keep away all hot liquids, like coffee, water, and milk away from the baby.
Keep kitchen appliances with food away from the edges of tables and counters.
To Prevent Drowning
Never leave the baby in the bathtub alone, even if there’s an older child in the room. It takes less than a minute for your baby to drown while the other child is distracted.
Ensure that all swimming pools are fenced off, covered and gated. Be sure to use pool covers with locks to keep children away from the pool area.
Since standing water is a major cause of drowning in children, always empty liquids from buckets and basins that are not being used.
To Prevent Choking
Never put the baby to sleep with a feeding bottle in his mouth. They can easily get choked if the fluid mistakenly enters the lungs.
Also, be careful when choosing and preparing baby food. Cut meat into small pieces, and mash fruits and vegetables before feeding them to make digestion easier.
Take a CPR class if possible, to learn choking signs and what to do to prevent them.
To Prevent Suffocation
Do not allow cats, dogs and other pets to sleep with the baby because they can sleep on him and suffocate him.
Remove pillows, stuffed animals, and toys from the crib to prevent them from covering the baby’s face, and making him hard to breathe.
Keep plastic bags out of your kid’s reach to avoid suffocating him while playing.
Children love to play and the love to explore. Sometimes that curiosity can have adverse consequences in your home. For a little kid, there is practically danger at every turn, but implementing some of the tips above can help cut down on the potential dangers.