How should you go about childproofing your house? For starters, get on your hands and knees and crawl around the house! Yes, it may sound weird, but it is crucial to check out the critical areas in the house from a child’s perspective. There are many places that may cause accidents as your kid explores his everyday environment.
To eliminate the risk of choking, drowning, falling, and getting burned or poisoned, it is very important to childproof your house with safety measures which may seem overwhelming. The bathroom, stairways, kitchen, nursery and common passages top the checklist of areas to cover as the toddler starts crawling or climbing.
Here are some recommendations for making your house more child safe:
It’s a good idea to get advice from a professional child proofer to help choose and install safety devices, closed circuit televisions, fencing and gadgets to complement your childproofing efforts. However, do remember that there are absolutely no substitutes for your own eyes and ears.
- Scoping the territory
A baby’s eye view of the residential territory reveals what’s tempting or within reach and incites crawling towards, reaching for or falling off from. Re-evaluate the height of fencings, drawers, cupboards, gas station and work tables, and lock away objects that may injure, poison or prove to be dangerous in any way. Power sockets, electrical connections and plugs, sharp edged furniture, steep stair cases, window blinds and curtains are other areas of concern which need instant attention.
Tiny things such as marbles, coins, paperclips, beads or even an innocent thermocol bubble can choke the nasal passageway or mouth cavity of a child, leading to medical emergencies that may prove fatal. So keep them away from children’s reach.
- Cautioning Aunt Nancy
Irrespective of your childproofing efforts, typical items such as lipstick, medicines, pocket knives and other items carried in the purse of visitors can be exciting yet dangerous for the child. Simple notes of caution to visitors to place their belongings a safe distance from a child go a long way in making your house more secure and child friendly.
Childproofing your house is not as difficult as it may seem. What’s important is to be thorough as you examine every nook and corner of your house, and to anticipate your child’s moves. It’s also a good idea to consult with a professional house child proofing expert to help keep your toddler out of trouble.