7 Tips to Childproof Your New Home
When you move into a new home, you may need to update your home to fit your needs. When you move into a new home with young children or infants, you will definitely need to properly childproof your new home as quickly as possible.
Accidents happen, and, unfortunately, they can happen much more quickly than you might imagine. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your kids. Here are just a few ways that you can childproof your home.
- Secure Your Windows
It only takes one time, one slip for children to fall out a window. As you may recall, Eric Clapton (a musician) experienced tragedy when his son died jumping on his bed and falling out a window. This type of event can happen to anyone if windows are not secured. Some use child-safe locks specifically; others may simply lock the windows altogether. Of course, monitor your child closely even if you feel you have the proper locks.
- Baby Gates
Baby gates can be a great way to restrict where your child goes, especially a small infant. You may want to strategically position the gates to block stairs and other areas where infants and children could fall. You should also use them in front of kitchen entrances and doors ideally to keep kids contained. Make sure the baby gates are easily opened by adults. This will help you to remember every time to use them.
- Make Your Dishwasher Safer
It is best to block off the kitchen as a whole. A kitchen has many different hot surfaces, cords, and other things that could be dangerous for kids. However, in the event that children enter the kitchen, keep your dishwasher locked as much as possible, and don’t leave detergent in there without running it. This will help you to prevent related chemical poisoning.
- Secure Your Cords
Whether cords are attached to the walls or hanging from blinds, they can pose the threat of kids getting tangled in them and possibly even strangled. If you get new window coverings, ideally opt for those without cords. But if they do have cords, look for short ones that a small child couldn’t reach.
- Lock up Hazardous Materials
There are plenty of cleaners and other household items that can be dangerous to your child. They can easily be ingested leading to serious hospital visits or even death. Make sure that all of your chemicals are locked up tight.
- Be Careful with Heavy Items
When you decide where you want to place things like a TV or other heavy objects, be careful. They can fall at any time, especially if your child can reach high enough to give them a pull or push. You don’t want your child accidentally being crushed by these heavy items. Be sure to attach heavier objects to walls if possible.
- Set Parental Controls
The internet and the TV may not be a hazard when they’re especially young. But as your children grow, make sure that you set the proper parental controls. Kids can find just about anything on the internet and TV. Do your best to supervise, of course, but sometimes kids may stumble upon things that can permanently affect them, such as pornography, violence, drug and alcohol usage, etc. Automatic parental controls on your TV and internet can help you to avoid this.