Did you know that April 21 - 28 is Safe Kids Week? In recognition of this week, we have put together a list of ways to keep your child safe in the home.
Once your baby starts moving, it is important to baby proof. Baby proofing will provide your child with more freedom to move about the house safely. Experts recommend baby proofing on your knees to see things from your baby’s point of view. Here are some simple ways to help prevent injuries in your home.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors throughout the house.
• Install safety gates at the top and bottom of all stairways.
• Install outlet covers on all outlets within reach.
• Cover cords with cord covers or cord shorteners.
• Use doorknob covers on doors to all rooms that would be dangerous to your baby, such as the laundry room, garage, and even the bathroom.
• Move all breakable and potentially dangerous objects, such as vases and candles, out of reach.
• Shorten window blind cords.
• Remember to keep temporary items out of reach, such as your purse, keys, and money.
• Cover sharp corners with edge bumpers.
• Secure furniture that may topple over to the walls.
• Install safety latches on all cabinet doors and drawers within reach to prevent access of poisonous chemicals and opportunities of making a mess.
• Keep all kitchen appliances and cords out of reach.
• Cover stove knobs with knob covers.
• Install safety latches on all cabinet doors within reach to prevent access of poisonous chemicals.
• Unplug all hair dryers and curling irons to prevent burns and contact with water.
• Use a faucet cover and bath bat when bathing to prevent bumps and slips.
Childproofing is ongoing. You must reassess your child proofing as your child grows and safety needs change. Also make sure you take a CPR and first aid class. Adult supervision is the most effective method of child proofing – always be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your child.
Do you have any child proofing tips that worked for you? How did you accomplish child proofing in your house?