While the home should be the safest place for young children, accidents can still happen inside the house. Thankfully, there are precautions you can follow to make your home safer for the young ones. Read on for some tips for childproofing a house.
Install safety barriers
One way to protect your young child at home is to deny him or her access to the dangerous areas in the house, and you can do this by installing gates or guards. Safety gates, preferably screwed and not pressure-mounted to the walls, should be installed at the access points to the kitchen, bathrooms, stairways, and fireplace. If you have a swimming pool, consider childproofing it as well with a DIY pool fence. For the windows, using guards and stops is a recommended safety measure.
Secure the furniture
Home furnishings are also hazardous for young children. As much as possible, bolt heavy furniture, such as shelves, bookcases, and dressers, to the walls so that they won’t tip over. You should also properly secure appliances like flat-screen TVs and lamps, which can easily fall on your child. Cabinets, drawers, and chests must always be kept closed—with safety latches or locks if possible—not only to prevent tip-over accidents but also fingertip injuries.
Use protective covers
Covering fixtures and furnishings is another great method of childproofing your house. Your power outlets, for example, must be covered with protectors—preferably ones with additional safety mechanisms like push buttons and keys. For your desks and tables, especially your coffee table, you should use corner and edge bumpers in case your child trips and hits one of them. Lastly, doorknobs can also be covered to keep your child from opening doors as well as getting locked inside a room.
Remember, however, that although childproofing your home can protect your child, it’s still your undivided attention and loving care that can best keep your young ones safe.