Baby Proofing Your Home And Keeping Your Kids Safe

  • Mubanga Sampa by Mubanga Sampa
  • 2 years ago
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As any parent would tell you the safety of their children is of paramount importance. However, it is next to impossible to anticipate what might happen as your child begins to move around the house. As children begin to crawl and walk they also start to climb anything within reach. Moreover, at this stage children begin to reach out and touch everything at their level. There is also the possibility of throwing anything they touch in their mouths. As such, it is essential that you keep your children safe by babyproofing your home. Whether you own or rent your home you should take the necessary steps to make your house safe for your kids. Here are some tips on how to babyproof your home to keep your kids safe.

Get started early

As the adage goes prevention is better than cure thus is it critical to babyproof your home before anything happens. As the task of making your home safe for children is a massive undertaking its essential to get started early. It will require a lot of time to ensure that you have covered all the safety basics. It is advisable to embark on your babyproofing endeavour prior to the arrival of the little one. Once your little one is in the house you will have your hands full and it will be difficult for you to find the time to plan and babyproof your home.

Plan

It is advisable to take some time to plan and devise a strategy for tackling your babyproofing project. One of the strategies you can employ is to perform babyproofing tasks and updates one room at a time. Alternatively, you can consider grouping tasks into similar categories and then tackle them one category at a time. In addition, you can undertake your project by prioritising and embarking on the life-threatening tasks first.

Prepare for emergencies

Another very important step you need to take id devising a plan and strategy for dealing with emergencies. Some of the preparations that come in handy when an incident does occur include:

  • Having a list of emergency contact details in an easy to access location.
  • Ensuring that your property number is clearly visible so emergency responders can easily see it.
  • See to it that all adults on your property know how to perform first aid and are aware of the protocol to follow the event of an emergency.

Ensuring your home is safe for occupants

The task of babyproofing your home requires you to check and remove all items that pose a direct risk you your children. With this in mind, endeavour to make your home safe for all occupants.

  • If you live in a home built prior to 1978 then it is important that you make sure lead paint was not used. When lead is ingested it can be quite harmful and pose all sorts of health issues for your children.
  • Old homes also have the added risk of asbestos exposure. Similar to lead, asbestos also poses a massive health risk.
  • Swimming pool barriers with child-resistant gates are also a necessity if there is a swimming pool on the property.
  • If you are in the habit of using a fireplace, then you should ensure that you use a fireplace screen to parent burns and fires.
  • Any chemicals or cleaning products need to be stored safely out of the reach of children.

Eliminate strangling and choking hazards

Most accidents in the home affecting small children are attributed to choking. Unfortunately, there are so many items around the home that pose a constant choking challenge. As such, ensure that you:

  • Sweep and vacuum regularly so as to clear small items that pose a risk of choking.
  • Tie back cords or consider using cordless blinds.
  • Remove any plastic bags.

Remove poisoning risks

Never under any circumstances store poisonous or toxic items within reach of children, even with safety latches in place. Keep in mind that there are also plants that are toxic.

  • Remove any toxic cleaning items or detergents from the reach of children.
  • Eliminate any poisonous plants.
  • Any medicines or alcoholic substances must be stored safely.

Minimise the risk of toppling items

A small child like to climb anything that is within their reach and they could fall causing concussion, sprains, fractures and broken bones. To prevent this from happening:

  • Secure television sets, bookshelves and dressers to walls so they won’t topple over.
  • Also unplug appliances so as to minimise the risk of electrocution.
  • Ensure that pictures and art pieces are safely secured to walls.
  • Tie-down any loose cables and chords.

Drawers, doors, corners and lids

Anything that your children can try to open, play with or pull needs to be safely secured so it won’t hurt them. Also, use safety gates to restrict access to certain areas of the house that can pose a risk to the safety of your children. In addition:

  • Use non-slip pads in play areas for your children to reduce the risk of tripping, slipping and falling.
  • Use safety padding to cover sharp furniture edges and corners.
  • Make use of safety plugs as well as plastic covers to block electrical outlets.
  • Also latch drawers, doors or cupboards that are within your children’s reach.

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