With their giggles, games, and sheer cuteness, there’s no doubt that toddlers and children make a house into a home. However, one of the downsides to having young ones around is all the home security measures you have to put in place before letting them loose. If you don’t think in advance about how to childproof your home, then kids can get hurt, and parents can face a world of woe.
So how can you secure a new house for toddlers and kids under 5? Check out our tips, and you’ll be well on your way to a childproof home.
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- Secure large furniture
Far too many babies and toddlers are injured or killed each year because heavy furniture isn’t properly secured. It’s easy to avoid this awful hazard as much as possible by installing a bracket or employing a professional to bolt bookshelves and dressers to the wall. Better safe than sorry!
- Take care of any loose cables
Children’s curiosity and electronics don’t always live in perfect harmony. Save yourself and young ones any nasty shocks by keeping cables for kettles or heaters out of reach, or by securing them with electrical tape. Plug-in caps or outlet covers would also be a good investment.
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- Beware slippery spaces
If you have linoleum or hardwood floors in the kitchen, bathroom or elsewhere, you’ll need to minimise the risk of your young one slipping over. Do so by installing non-slip mats beside the bath and shower, by putting rugs down in hallway or living room spaces, and by ensuring there is no risk of your baby or toddler falling near high spots.
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- Install a safety gate (or three)
Some house areas – such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages – may contain hazardous materials and may be difficult to keep entirely childproof. Keep kids away from these spaces altogether by installing a child gate at their entry. Just make sure you’re buying safety-approved gates, as some models can prove hazardous themselves.
- Use great prams
One of the most important things you need for looking after your young child is a safe, durable, strong pram to use for your daily trips to the store, around the neighbourhood, and down to the park or the beach. It’s very important to find baby equipment that has a proven safety rating and will offer optimum comfort to you and your child – however, the best prams can often be very costly. A solution is offered by companies such as PramShare, which provide an extensive range of excellent, high-quality prams and other baby equipment for lease, either once-off or on a long-term rental running on a three-month cycle.
At PramShare, you can select the best baby equipment to that suits your family – and at the end of the three months, you can return your pram rentals to be cleaned, and collect a different pram that has been fully sanitised and checked for functionality. PramShare’s system is dedicated to sustainability (through allowing safe community sharing of equipment), and also features an eco-friendly workspace and staff diversity. Look no further for the perfect stroller – choose from the PramShare range today.
- Stay fire safe
When you’re childproofing your home, it pays to assess your fire safety measures at the same time. Double-check your fire alarms for functionality, and ensure you have installed enough of them to meet your state’s requirements.
Making a more fire-safe home also extends to the materials that your child’s clothes and sleeping accessories are made out of. Ensure you always buy flame-retardant sleepwear, blankets, and clothing for your little one, particularly if you have a fireplace or stand-alone heaters at home, and your child is at the crawling stage.
- Keep it lukewarm
One of the biggest household hazards for any child is hot water. Luckily, you can find plenty of digital controllers on the market that make selecting a child-safe water temperature easy: this way, you won’t have to stress about water coming out of the faucet and scalding your kid.
- Sweep the home for anything dodgy
Even if we listed all the tips in the world, we wouldn’t entirely cover the risk factors at work within your home. The best way to note and address all the potential hazards within your residence is to do a comprehensive sweep yourself (preferably involving another adult’s set of eyes, as well).
Ask yourself whether anything looks precarious or could possibly pose a swallowing hazard for a child under 3. Consider both micro-level risks such as tripping hazards, and problems brought about by the design of the house such as proximity to roads and traffic and the heights of furniture.
Cloe enjoys reading, learning, and writing about a diverse range of topics – including career development, business technology, home decor, and sustainable living. Since the beginning of her freelance writing career, she has penned articles for various sites and blogs, including businesses such as Ocula. Check out more of Cloe’s work on Tumblr