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The Best Child Proofing Advice You’ll Ever Get

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Regardless of whether you are remodeling or building a new home, you need to pay attention to making it safe for your children. If you do not have children, you never know when you will plan to start a family. It may be a little too much at a later stage. On the other hand, if you have not been able to pay attention to child safety before and are now planning to start a family, the following advice will help in creating a safe environment for your child.

Childproofing your home revolves around preventing harm to the child from falls, burns, poisoning and drowning.

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Falls: Preventing harm from falls may be from the baby falling or something falling on the baby. Your baby may fall off the stairs in a double-story setting or fall from an open window.

  • Think about installing a wall-mounted child safety gate at the top landing of the stairway. Keep in mind that pressure gates work well for bottom landings but are not advisable for the top of stairways.
  • Window screens are for air flow and not for preventing the child from falling. Install guards or safety nets for child protection.
  • Ensure that there is adequate lighting along walkways to prevent the child from falling while walking. Hitting a table or a shoe lying on the floor may mean a small bruise for your child or it may result in a serious head injury.
  • Secure sharp corners of tables, cabinets and other furniture with guards or bumpers to minimize hurt from bumps and falls.
  • Ensure that all appliances on tables and countertops are firmly secured so that they do not fall and lead to accidents.

Burns: Your child can be severely burnt in the bath should water temperature rise above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Never leave your child alone in a bathroom. For preventing accidental entry, install door locks or door knob covers. You need to do the same for the kitchen. Take care while cooking and do not let your baby crawl in unnoticed.

Poisoning: To prevent accidental poisoning, you need to install child safety locks on all cabinets and drawers where you keep the following:

  • Medicines
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Chemicals
  • Perfumes
  • Soaps and other toiletries

Drowning: Small children can drown in water only 2 inches deep. In addition to locks on bathroom doors, opt for toilet locks to prevent accidental drowning. If you have a swimming pool, restrict entry by installing a child safety gate at the opening leading to it. Your child is going to grow faster than you think. It is better that you install a wall-mounted safety gate right from the beginning.

While this covers most of the child proofing measures required for making your home safe for your growing child, nothing can be considered foolproof as far as children are concerned. However, these will go a long way to ensure a safe home environment for your child.