How to Kid-Proof Your Home

Dated: 08/07/2019

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How to Kid-Proof Your Home

Surprisingly enough, unintentional injury is one of the top killers of children in the U.S. This being said, prevention can eliminate almost all of these injuries. It’s important to take proper safety measures and childproofing steps to keep your family safe at home. 

 

Focus on the following areas of your home:

 

The Kitchen & Bathroom

  • Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet protectors or safety caps

  • Unplug hair dryers and electric rollers after use to prevent electrocution from contact with water in the bathroom

  • Install anti-scalding devices on faucets and showerheads to prevent burns

  • Microwave is mounted high up & see if you can lock the door on the oven

  • Keep the dishwasher locked

  • Store cutlery in an above-the-counter cabinet

  • Install toilet locks to keep toilet lids closed

  • Store medicines and other products in their original containers

  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep children from potentially poisonous household products




Living Room

  • Make sure the TV is mounted and not able to be easily knocked over

  • Keep photo frames up and away, especially if they have glass

  • Put candles and matches out of reach and try flameless LED candles instead

  • Have the fireplace covered and install heat-resistant gates to use while the flames are burning

  • Double check the remote controls to be sure they aren’t missing the battery covers as batteries can be lodged into the esophagus and cause severe damage

Bedroom

  • Set up the crib safely, lower the crib mattress when your child can sit up, and be careful with stuffed animals

  • Install a window guard if the window is able to open more than 3 inches

  • Secure the dresser and ensure it is anchored to the wall or the floor

  • Keep piggy banks high so a child could not climb to it and potentially choke on coins

 

Around the House

  • Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors

  • Remove free-falling lids from toy chests, which should have lids that stays open or very light, removable

  • Make sure window blinds do not have looped cords -- they can be strangulation hazards for children

  • Place furniture away from high windows so children won’t climb into windowsills

  • Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items like a fireplace hearth to protect against injury

  • Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards, such as swimming pools

  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways of rooms with hazards

 

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