A guide to childproofing your home

This guide to childproofing your kitchen, bathrooms, and other places in the house will help make your home safer and lessen your children’s risks of injuries.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous areas in the house, but these measures can help prevent accidents:

  • Keep all cabinets and drawers in the kitchen locked to keep children from harmful household products
  • Don’t transfer household products to containers that had food in them
  • Keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children; use the back burners, and turn the handles away from the front of the stove
  • Never store utensils and appliances near the edge of counters and tables
  • Teach children not to run with sharp objects such as knives; store them out of their reach

Bathroom

The bathroom also has potential dangers for children; however, the following tips could decrease the likelihood of harm to your children:

  • Unplug electrical appliances after use and store them in locked drawers or cabinets
  • Use safety caps to cover unused electrical outlets
  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to prevent children from reaching potentially poisonous household products like razors, scissors, and medicines
  • Make sure that all medications have child-resistant caps
  • Install locks on toilet lids to prevent children lifting them and falling into the toilet
  • To prevent scalds and burns, install devices to regulate the water heater temperature to 120 degrees
  • Place nonslip mats in bathtubs and showers to prevent slipping
  • Other places in the house

    Areas around the house such as the children’s rooms, the living room, hallways, stairs, and the garage pose many potential hazards for children. The following steps could make these areas safer for your children:

    • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and at the entrances to rooms with hazards
    • Keep stairways clear and teach children to use the handrails and not to run on the steps
    • Pad furniture to protect children against injury
    • Never leave children unattended where the fireplace is in use
    • Cover all unused electric outlets in the living room with safety caps
    • Place furniture clear of high windows to prevent children from climbing onto the windowsill
    • To prevent strangulation, make sure that window blinds do not have looped cords
    • Install door covers and door locks to prevent children from entering areas that are not childproof, such as outdoor spaces and swimming pools
    • Install smoke detectors on each level of the house, especially near bedrooms
    • As a parent, you are responsible for offering a safe home environment for your children. This guide to childproofing your home gives you ideas on how to cut down hazards around your house and create a safer home environment for your children. However, while these tips can help prevent many potential accidents, proper supervision is crucial to keeping your children safe.

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