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Ten Items You Need for Effective Childproofing

by Safe Home Team 4. June 2009 08:50

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children under the age of fourteen, and over 45% of those injuries occur within the home.  However, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent these accidents. We have compiled a list of ten items that will help keep your home a safe place for your children and their friends.

childproof your home to keep baby safe from danger

1. Child Safety Gateschild safety gate can help babyproof home

Over one-third of accident related ER visits by children under fourteen were due to falls. Properly placed child safety gates can be key in the prevention of falls and injury in the home. The hot spots to place child safety gates are at the top or and bottom of stairs (both indoor and outdoor), entryways to rooms you don’t want children to wander, and any room in the house that has power cords, ingestible poisons, and sharp objects. he more you limit where they wander, the less likely they are to get into dangers when you're not looking.

Banister guards to protect baby from banisters, staircases and outdoor decks2. Banister Guards & Deck Netting

As a good supplement to child safety gates, you should install banister guards and deck netting. They close off open areas where little bodies can slip through. This includes open areas between spindles staircases, lofts, and on an outdoor deck or porch. The KidShield Indoor Banister Guard is made with medical grade, non-toxic plasic That is easy to install. For outdoor decks and porches, purchase some deck netting. It is just as effective as the banister guards, but more resistant to outdoor elements.

window guard3. Window Guards

There are times when your child will be left alone, usually when he or she is sleeping.  In rooms where your child may be left alone, install window guards to prevent your little one from climbing out the window. There are metal bar guards that will all you to keep a window open without the worry of your child being able to push through, or, god forbid, someone else getting in. You also have the option of a window stop, which keeps little hands from being able to push open windows and doors.

baby bumbers protect baby from sharp edges4. Baby Bumpers

Sharp edges are en inevitable part of a home’s construction. There are corners, table edges, hearths, and molding that are potential hazards for cuts and scrapes.  Dulling sharp edges and corners will maximize your children’s safety in the home. Fortunately there are a variety of tools to help you dull sharp edges, such as bumpers and edge cushion padding. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes for different safety needs.  Also, if your home has a stone hearth, your child will want to use it as a walking tool.  Get some hearth bumpers so your child has a safe place to practice his or her walking.

5. Drawer and Fridge Locks

Little ones are always exploring. However, in the kitchen this can be dangerous, as we store a number of sharp objects and poisons in that room. Install childproof latches on all cabinet doors and drawers, not just the ones that contain hazardous materials and sharp objects, as you never know what a small child can turn into a weapon (eek!). You should also install a fridge lock to keep little hands out of big messes. You may want to pick one cabinet that remains unlatched that is filled with non-hazardous items, such as plastic food containers, pots, and pans.  Sure, you may be opening yourself up to a lot of racket, but having a cabinet that your child can explore will distract him or her from other hazards around the kitchen. These should also be installed on bathroom cabinets, as personal care products are the most common types of ingested poisons.

anti toppple straps safely secure appliances from toppling onto baby6.  Anti-topple Straps

Part of a child’s curiosity is getting at what he or she can see, which means items on countertops. A toddler will want to pull everything off! Avoid using placemats that your child can grab, and keep appliances out of reach or properly secured.  Additionally, unplug smaller appliances and push them out of reach when you’re not using them.  For larger items, like your microwave or bread maker, you can buy anti-topple straps that anchor the appliances to the wall.  No matter how hard your child pulls, it will stay safely on the counter.

baby proof your outlet covers with sliding doors7. Outlet Covers

Small children love to make things “fit.” Matching blocks to their proper shape slots is one of the most popular children’s’ toys. However, this goes for outlets as well. Kids want to put fingers, toys, silverware, or anything else they can shove in there. This is a major safety hazard. Children can be electrocuted in seconds. If you have any unused outlets in your home, place an outlet cover plate on them. Most screw right in place of the plate and make it impossible for a child to access. As an added bonus, covered outlets increase insulation and decrease energy consumption!

Button protectors to keep baby from pushing the buttons on your electronics8. Home Electronics Covers

Childproofing does not always mean protecting your child from your home; sometimes you have to protect your home from your child!  Kids love to push buttons and pull cords.  This can leave you with a very expensive computer or flat screen with nothing but a giant ERROR message.  However, you can purchase button protectors that are made especially for your flat screen TV, PC tower, or any other home electronics. They will keep little fingers off the buttons, so the only people in the house that can mess up the electronics are the adults!

Smoke, radon and co2 detectors help protect your home from danger9. Smoke, Radon, and CO2 Detectors

In reviewing your child safety checklist, you may overlook an important one:  working smoke, radon, and CO2 detectors.  You never know when a house fire may strike.  The only way you can assure your children’s safety is by early detection and proper planning.  Work out escape routes, and, if your children are old enough, practice safety drills once a month.  Additionally, working CO2 and Radon detectors are necessary, as CO2 and Radon poisoning will affect children much more quickly than it will adults.  This is a particularly important safety measure if you live in a home with gas or oil heat or if you have an attached garage.

10. First Aid Kit

If you have children, they are inevitably going to get scraped up, so you should always have a fully stocked first aid kit on hand. It should include, at the very least Stock a first aid kit in the home
•    Band-aids
•    Gauze pads
•    Medical tap
•    Antiseptic wipes
•    Burn cream
•    Splints
•    Scissors
•    Tweezers
•    Latex gloves.
Go through your first aid kit every six months to make sure that nothing is expired.

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Child Safety | General | How To Guide