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How to Childproof Your Home

Posted April 23rd @ 9:11 am by Kame

According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CNA, each year 2.5 million children are killed or injured in their homes. By taking some precautions and childproofing a home, some of these accidents would be avoidable.

It is a good idea to use a cordless phone whenever there are small children living in a home. It is easy to follow them wherever they go, but more importantly, if the phone rings when a child is in the bathtub it will be unnecessary to leave them alone to answer the call.

Install safety catches on all cabinets and drawers.

Kids to do this are easily available at the most hardware store and baby stores. Simple to install, they will prevent a child from opening cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathroom where potentially dangerous items are kept. The cleaning products and medications usually located in these areas can be very dangerous.

It is easy to forget to check and change the batteries in smoke detectors and Co2 detectors. This is the single easiest thing you can do to protect your family. A good way to remember is to check the batteries when the time changes for daylight savings. It is especially important to not remove the battery if the unit begins to chirp, indicating the battery is low. It is too easy to forget to replace it.

Cover all outlets with special covers designed to minimize the risk of electrocution

Children are especially curious, ensure the plates are not easy to remove and are not a choking hazard.

While window blinds are now required to be safe for children, but older blinds may be a choking hazard. Take special care to prevent a choking accident by removing the bottom portion of any draw cord that is looped. By cutting the loop out, shorten the lengths as much as possible and using tie backs, the risk of accidental choking will be lessened.

Safety gates are also an easy way to prevent accidents. Install them where ever steps are present. This simple step will prevent falls and protect the child from other dangerous areas.

Ensure that the water heater in the home is set to a sensible level.

While adults can easily remove themselves from water that is too hot, a child may not react as fast. Serious burns can result very quickly. Regularly check your water temperature by turning your faucet to its highest setting and taking a temperature reading. It should never be higher than 120 degrees.

If possible, collect all medications from the home and place them in a secure, difficult to reach the place. Cabinets above the stove are an excellent choice. A child cannot accidentally ingest what they cannot reach.

The steps outlined above are all simple and inexpensive ways to childproof a home. Taking time to install cabinet locks, safety gates, and outlet plates, checking the water temperature and alarm batteries will ensure a home is safe for a child. Most importantly, never leave a child near a hazard, such as a pool or a hot stove. Common sense and a little work will protect children from dangerous, but preventable, accidents.

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