Childproofing Your Home
The National Center for Health statistics say that children under 14 are seven times more likely to die from an accidental injury than a homicide. Today we turn your attention inside your home and share what you can do to help your child avoid a dangerous accident at home.
Begin your childproofing efforts before your child even learns to crawl. That way, you’ll be prepared when they become a whirlwind of activity.
Childproofing Inside the Home
In the kitchen and bathroom, install “child-resistant” locks on all cabinets that are within the child’s reach. Remember, what is child resistant to most children may not be to yours, so don’t assume that with the locks in place your child is safe.
Remove all cleaning fluids and agents from lower storage areas. Even very common household items that are generally considered non-poisonous, can be dangerous and even lethal if taken in large quantity by a small child. Some of these things include mouthwash, cosmetics, meat tenderizers and spices.
Keep all medications, including topical ointments such as insect repellents, inside a cabinet that is locked with a key. And place the key where the child cannot reach it.
Keep all electrical and phone cords bundled and out of reach
Install toilet lid locks.
Install covers over all electrical outlets.
Install smoke alarms on all levels of your home.
Place gates at both ends of stairways.
Lift blind and drapery cords out of the reach of children.
Use specially designed door stops and knobs that prevent children from opening any doors you don’t want them accessing.
And lastly, have a first aid kit and know what to do with its contents.
These tips are a great starting point for planning your child’s safety at home, and are not an all-inclusive manual on childproofing or home safety. And remember, childproofing is not a 100 percent guarantee that your child will be safe from injury.