Motherhood Stuffs: 5 great ways to childproof your house

Thursday, July 03, 2014

5 great ways to childproof your house

Unfortunately, the typical house can be a potential death trap for a child. If your baby or toddler is mobile, you need to turn your attention to childproofing, to reduce their risk of choking, poisoning, burns and much more.
If you can, childproof from the start

One of the best pieces of advice that can be given to people building or renovating homes, is to think of and include as many protective features for children as possible. If you can include features that increase your child’s safety and wellbeing, it is far better (and more easy) to do this as you build rather than when the project is complete. For some great ideas, tips and strategies, visit the websites of professional and reputable builders, such as .

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What do statistics say?
Naturally, parents want to protect their children as best they can and are conscious of the need to protect them from violence, abuse and abduction. While parents commonly worry about these things, many find that they devote less conscious attention to the threats that exist within their own homes.

According to experts, children aged one to four years are more likely to lose their life as a result of choking, burns, fire, poisoning, drowning or falls than they are to the violence of a stranger.

In the US, approximately 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year. In the course of a year, in excess of 2500 children are tragically killed. These grim statistics reinforce why it is absolutely imperative to childproof your home.

What can you do to protect your child?

1. See the house from your child’s perspective
It is highly recommended that you explore your house from your baby or child’s point of view. Travel around the house on your hands and knees and pay attention to the things that are within reach, the things that look especially tempting, places you could fit if crawling, toddling or walking.

Exploring your home in this way will help you to identify the cupboards, drawers and spaces that your child might be tempted to explore. Of course, as your child grows you should repeat this process. Your child will quickly be able to get into higher places.

Naturally, you should lock up potentially dangerous items, including cleaning products, medicines, poisons and sharp objects. If these items are not locked away, they should be kept well beyond your child’s reach. Safety gates are also a good idea to prevent your child from accessing areas of the home in which dangerous items are kept or to stop them from injury by falling down stairs, for example.

2. Power point protection
Protecting electrical outlets with purpose-designed outlet covers is also a very good idea. However, be aware that some of the removable covers that plug in to power points are also tempting pieces for babies to put in their mouths. Some outlet covers come with a sliding safety latch – and these are the outlet covers most recommended.

3.  Fix your furniture and fixtures:
Each year, many children are injured as a result of heavy and dangerous items such as: televisions, bookcases, appliances and furniture tipping over. Sadly, many children also die each year from injuries sustained in this way.

Whenever possible, ensure that heavy and other hazardous items are bolted to the wall. Items such as televisions should not sit on the edge of a piece of furniture and should be secured and well out of a child’s reach. To help reduce the danger of heavy items of furniture tipping over, place heavier items on the bottom shelves and in bottom drawers.

4. Focus on blinds and curtains
Strangulation by way of the cords on window treatments is a tragic and regrettably frequent cause of death for children – as young as seven months and as old as ten years.

It’s surprisingly easy for a baby to become trapped or entangled in the cords of blinds or curtains. If at all possible, use window treatments without cords and avoid placing a baby’s cot or child’s bed near a window.

If your window coverings do have cords, cut the cords shorter or use a specially designed cord shortened or wind up to prevent your child from reaching them.

5. Poison prevention
Poisoning is also a huge hazard and a huge issue. You should definitely ensure that all poisonous products are stored well out of the reach of your child and, preferably, locked away. Safety locks should be used on all cupboards and drawers in which harmful products are stored.

You should also be prepared and keep the number of the poisons information centre handy.

For the safety and wellbeing of your child, childproofing your house is critical. Use these five approaches as well as a range of others to ensure the safety and protection of your family.

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