On a previous article we made a list of common child home accidents. We know that soon or later an accident will happen, but we can try to prevent it as much as possible. To do it, we must go through the entire house, identify potential hazards and try to take the necessary measures to improve our home safety for kids.
So let’s do this task and find which corrections and tools we can use to improve the home safety.
Stairs are probably the first part of a house that comes to our mind when thinking about danger at home. The best prevention tool is install safety gates on top and bottom of any stair. In addition, we can use the same kind of gates to prevent child to entry rooms or areas potentially dangerous for them as basements or, why not, the kitchen.
There are a few hazards related to the windows. The first we must do to improve the home safety around the windows is remove any near furniture where a kid can climb and reach the window. We also have to be sure that blind cords and chains are out of reach and find the way to prevent child open the windows. A useful tool is safety sliders that allow opening the window just a few inches to allow air go through.
The list of potential hazards and prevention measures related to the kitchen can be quite long. So, we highly recommend declaring the kitchen a forbidden area for kids. Try to keep the door locked or install a safety gate (such the one we use at stairs). However, we have to go further with prevention and keep any sharp object inside cabinets and drawers, cleaning products and waste baskets locked into cabinets and any product or appliance that they can pull down has to be out of reach. If the cabinets that need to be locked don’t have key, install safety latches.
The first rule of child care related to bathrooms is never left a child unattended; they can drown in just a few inches of water. In addition, the advice given about cleaning products locked on cabinets is valid for drugs, medicines and first aid kits. We highly recommend using a non-slip mat or stickers.
Keep it clear of gardening tools and try to not leave kids unattended there. If you have a swimming pool we will need to install a fence to enclose it.
Other home safety instructions
- Use safe corner protectors on the edge and corners of desks, coffee tables, TV cabinets,…
- Banister posts should be no more than four inches apart. Larger openings permit children to slip through or become lodged.
- If we have a fireplace we recommend installing a fireguard.
- Don’t use tablecloths or place mats. Our baby will pull them and what’s on them down.
- Use socket covers to prevent our child to put his fingers or anything else on there and to avoid accidents related to kids plugging in electrical appliances that can hurt them.
- Secure furniture and electronics, such as bookcases and TVs, so they cannot be pulled down on top of your baby.
- Be aware of things that pinch fingers, like hinges on ironing boards and deckchairs, and consider buying hinge protectors.