10 tips for childproofing your home

10 tips for childproofing your home

As soon as your baby begins to crawl you may be surprised at just how fast they can get around. Their curiosity leads them to all sorts of places while they explore the world around them which is a huge milestone in their early life!

The unfortunate part of this is that accidental injuries can occur as your child is inclined to grab, push and pull things, to climb and explore as they experiment with and experience the furniture and objects around your home.

Even though it’s not always possible to prevent your baby from every bump and bang in the home, it’s certainly helpful to reduce the risk of more serious injuries. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips so that you can check them off as you make your home a safer place for an inquisitive child.

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  • Safety Gates

 

There are different types of safety gates available and they are normally the first thing that is thought of by parents whose babies are beginning to crawl around; the stairs, of course, being a major hazard in the household.

They’re not just for stairs though but also for barring your baby from entering the kitchen and other rooms which are potentially hazardous or that get too busy for a baby to be crawling around.

Most people use pressure locked safety gates for general purpose but a top tip is not to use a pressure mounted safety gated on the top of the stairs. It’s much more secure to use one which is mounted on the wall as this negates the risk of it coming loose if it is installed properly.

 

  • Locking Lids

 

Very young children don’t know how to multitask and can easily let go of a lid their holding open resulting in it falling onto their heads. Toy chests, toilet seats, chest freezers and anything with a free falling lid should either have a lid that locks open or should be locked shut.

 

  • Safety Latches

 

The chemical cupboard in the kitchen is a major concern for parents. Safety latches can be purchased in multipacks and in different varieties. Some are super easy to install and can either be stuck on or you can use magnets to attach them to the cupboard.

These should also be used if you keep medications and bathroom products in a lower cupboard in the bathroom. Items like mouthwash, toothpaste and any medical products should in no doubt be kept out of a child’s reach.

 

  • Wall Brackets

 

Heavy, free-standing furniture can be secured to the wall using wall brackets and this practice, although inconvenient, is highly recommended as the danger of them falling over onto your baby is a risk not worth taking.

You may not expect your child to be this mobile but once they learn to pull themselves up onto things, they will try to climb onto everything and this can be dangerous when it comes to furnitures like bookshelves or display cabinets.

 

  • Outlet Caps

 

One of the main concerns for parents is electrical outlets. Outlet protectors are very inexpensive and often come in large packs. It’s very much worth putting these in all of the unused sockets in the rooms that the baby has access to in order to protect them from the danger of electricity.

This includes power strips and extension sockets too which should be hidden and out of reach but just in case, put some outlet covers in the empty sockets.

 

  • Surfaces

 

Believe it or not but cuts and bruises caused by surfaces are all too common, with carpets and hardwood floors being two of the major culprits. For this reason, ensure your baby is dressed properly if they are going to be crawling on their arms and knees. Many people find that baby knee pads also help to protect their children from grazes, cuts and carpet burns.  

 

 

  • No Furniture near Windows

 

If you have any low tables, chairs or other seeming climbable pieces of furniture near windows, move them away. This will ensure they have no way to climb up onto windowsills and so can’t climb or fall out of the window from there.

Even if you use window screens, they still may not be strong enough to prevent a fall and so it’s best to keep them from being able to get up onto there in the first place, just in case.

 

  • Keeping Glass Away

 

This may seem obvious when it comes to drinkware, but what about things you haven’t thought of? Glass ornaments, photo frames, hand mirrors and any other objects made out of glass are a risk as the child can knock them down or drop them and if they shatter, there’s a high risk of your child being cut by the shards.

 

  • Cordless Blinds

 

Something often overlooked by new parents is the blinds on your windows. The looped chords that they often have are a potential risk because the child could get their neck caught in it and so they are a potential choking hazard.

Avoid buying blinds with looped chords or you could cut the loop altogether and tie the ends off and then add tassels to them to make them look nicer. It would be better altogether to replace your existing corded blinds for cordless ones.

 

  • Exposed Batteries

 

Batteries are used in many kids’ toys as well as gadgets around the home but they are quite dangerous due to the risk of choking. Make sure battery compartments are always securely shut tight. Also, check the remote control for the TV and if the battery cover is missing, secure it with some tape.

 

Making your yard a safe place for the whole family

Making your yard a safe place for the whole family

Creating a safe backyard environment is important for your family. Your yard should be somewhere where your kids can play without you being worried about their safety and an easy way for you all to get some fresh air and exercise. It’s easy to neglect your backyard, especially during the winter period but there are some simple things you can do that will make it a safe space for leisure and play at any time of year. Read these great tips on how to make your backyard safe for the whole family.

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Conduct a safety survey

If your backyard only tends to get used during the summer months, it can be difficult to remember what’s out there that could pose a hazard. You might find that some things have ended up in the yard that you didn’t know about, or you’ve got things that need fixing. Conduct a thorough inspection of your yard and make a note of anything that needs repairing or replacing and give it a good clean to make sure you get rid of all the hazards. Installing a shed is a great idea to put away any equipment or chemicals that could be dangerous in the wrong hands, and should be secured with a padlock at all times.

Install stable, effective fencing

Fencing is important for creating a safe backyard. Fencing stops unwanted guests from getting in, but more importantly – stops things from getting out. If you have young children who love to run around or an adventurous pet, the right fence will keep them safe and ease your concerns about them playing outside. Inspect your fence regularly for damage, particularly after bad weather to ensure your backyard stays secure.

Consider alternative surfaces

Most yards are built with grass, which is ideal for most activities but can be difficult to maintain. There are some great solutions available today that can preserve the look of your garden while reducing its maintenance. Using poured rubber flooring options can help you to create safe swing set or swimming pool areas that will make your yard safer, while artificial grass is an effective but hassle-free substitute for the real thing. If you’re serious about making your yard safe, you should make sure you start with the surface.

Introduce safety rules

Despite your efforts to be hip and laid-back parents, you’re going to need to introduce backyard safety rules to help the whole family stay safe while using the backyard. Rules can help prevent accidents around the pool, the grill and any play equipment that you have in your yard – and it’s important that the adults in the house follow the same rules. Remember to communicate them regularly – especially to new visitors, and you should have a happy and safe backyard environment.

Once you’ve transformed your yard into a safer space, you can work on making the most of it. Your backyard is a great place to get fit as a family as well as a space for entertaining and spending time together. Get your yard in order and put safety first to make some great memories in your outdoor space together.