When it comes to your kids, keeping them as safe as possible is often at the forefront of your mind. Although the odd grazed knee and bump to the head can never be completely avoided when they’re little; there are ways to ensure that your home is a safe environment for your children to enjoy and grow up in. Taking some time to go through the following checklist of tips and ideas, will help to prevent unnecessary accidents and their accompanying tears.
Covers and Fencing
You can ensure your home is a safe haven, without making it look like a prison. It’s about finding the essential items that will cover and fence off specific, and potentially dangerous areas, without the use of police tape and metal bars. Any area of water inside, or outside, your house is a possible risk and should be treated as a danger zone. Aside from educating your kids as much as possible on the risks with pools, ponds, and full bathtubs, you need to make sure that those areas are out of bounds when you’re not supervising.
Childproof fencing and a self-locking gate should surround any outdoor water-filled areas. Paddling pools and baths should be emptied immediately after use and left that way until an adult is present to watch overusing them again. Even keep an eye on any buckets that may be left full of liquid, and keep them empty and out of reach of little hands.
Putting up a stair guard, fence, or gate at both the bottom and top of the stairs is also a smart move. There’s nothing more enticing to a toddler than an open set of stairs to explore; but, until they’re able to stand and walk properly, these areas need to be completely out of bounds.
Unfortunately, plug sockets are usually at a height where babies who can crawl, toddlers, and small children can reach them and start pressing switches and putting fingers where they shouldn’t go. Therefore, you’ll find that powerpoint covers throughout your home are an essential addition. Try and get into the habit of covering any sockets straight after use, to avoid any potential danger.
Locks And Barriers
It’s no secret that most of your household cleaning products and toiletries can be harmful if consumed; it’s therefore imperative that these items are kept in places that children cannot open or reach. If you do not have lockable cupboards; cabinet latches are an effective way of keeping little hands from finding household poisons. The same goes for anything that could pose a threat to the safety of your children; tools, sharps, glass, medicine, etc (the list is pretty long), should all be kept in closed containers that kids won’t be able to open.
Latches are also a nifty trick when it comes to keeping your toilet seat cover down, when not in use, which will prevent anyone from delving into the toilet water with their tiny arms (ew). When it comes to locking and latching your drawers and cupboards, don’t forget the ones above the counters. Kids are often capable of pulling up a stool or chair to have a good rummage around where they shouldn’t, so it’s worth remembering that nothing is really out of reach because of its height.
For more tips of baby proofing your cabinets, take a look here: https://parent.guide/how-to-baby-proof-your-cabinets/.
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Gadgets And Gizmos
Portable baby monitors are a great way to keep an eye (or ear) on your little ones. You can use them as they are sleeping, and also when you’ve popped them in their playpen because you have to go and hang the laundry or turn off the stove. As the babies grow up into young kids, they’ll gain more independence around the home, so it can become more of a challenge when it comes to keeping track of what they’re up to.
Another option to a monitor is a wifi-enabled camera which you can strategically place, so checking on your kids when it gets a little too quiet in the other room is easy.
There are also an array of clever thermometer monitors and controllers for your little one’s bedroom, so they can fall asleep in a safe temperature, and you can pop your head around the door to keep an eye on everything. Temperature control is particularly important for babies and small infants in the extreme weather months, during summer and winter.
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Alarms And Lights
During the evenings and night time when your kids are (or should be) in bed, it’s worthwhile leaving a light or a lamp on in the hallway or landing. It can be a cost-effective night light; but, it should be bright enough for your child to be able to travel safely to the bathroom, or to your bedroom to ask for help. A pitch black environment is potentially very hazardous, so by leaving a light on you’ll be eliminating the risk of falls, scrapes, and bumps.
Every house, whether kids live there or not, should be fitted with working smoke and fire alarms; it’s proven that they save lives, so check the batteries are working regularly and replace them immediately if they are not. It’s also worth investing in a carbon monoxide detector and alarm; there are plenty of small, digital options available, which can be placed around the home and can prevent potentially fatal situations. For some recommended alarm systems for your home; check out the five best here.
Less of an alarm, but more of a visual warning; bright stickers on the glass at low levels is a wise idea that can stop children smashing through any windows and doors because they thought it was an open space. If you can’t install safety glass in each window of your home, you can stick a safety film over each pane, which will prevent it from shattering when a ball hits it.
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The Odds And Ends
It’s often the little things, which adults pay no attention to, in which children find intrigue and, unfortunately, danger. Ensuring that cords, for your lights or blinds, are out of reach and attached securely to the wall is a crucial safety measure so that strangulation risks are minimized. See pinterest.com for some cord tidying ideas.
A child can suffocate easily if they get hold of a plastic carrier bag, so always tie your bags in a knot and have a specific area for them that kids can’t access. Keeping clutter and piles of laundry to a minimum in your house will also take away any likely hazards and threats to your small family members, so why not ensure that everyone in the house gets involved in regular tidying (if only it were that simple).
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Help From Outside The Home
Sometimes things will go wrong, and accidents will happen; therefore, you must have access to the relevant contact details for those who may have to come and assist you when problems arise. If your kids are old enough to be able to use a smartphone or the house phone, ensure they know how to call the emergency services. It’s worth having a reminder up next to the phone, with your names and address on it, so that it can be read out quickly; make sure to practice this with your kids. Regularly remind your kids how to contact the police, fire, and ambulance services, while reiterating how it’s only for emergencies and would be bad to prank call and waste their time. 911forkids.com is a great source for teaching your children what to do. Your kids shouldn’t be the ones to open your front door either, as any stranger poses a potential threat.
It can seem like an overwhelming task to keep your kids as safe as possible in their home. However, by following the steps mentioned and educating the older children as much as possible; you’ll be able to create a safe haven for your family to reside inside.
One more resource to look at is The Ultimate Checklist To Babyproofing Your Home it will walk you through everything!
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