How to Child Proof Your Home

Having a child in your home can be a fun and exciting moment. Unlike an adult, children don't know any better and need to rely on you to provide them with a safe environment. Here's an article on how to make your home safe for children.

Steps

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    Cover all electrical outlets. To prevent your child from sticking their finger or any other objects in an outlet, use protective coverings.
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    Store household chemicals on higher shelves or cabinets. Make sure all of your household chemicals are out of reach and hidden from plain sight. If necessary, you can purchase shelve and cabinet locks or child-proof caps for the chemicals.
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    Keep all medicine out of children's reach. Even children's medication should be kept out of reach, as they can overdose on this just as easily as adult medication. The only exception would be if the child has a medical condition which requires them to carry certain medications on them in case of emergencies. Other than that, keep all medications out of children's reach and make sure the bottles have child-proof caps.
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    Use safety gates. Install safety gates that are up-to-date with current safety standards. Use safety gates at doorways that lead to stairs, basements, attics, and other places in your home that could be unsafe for your children.
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    Anchor down any large furniture. Any tables, desks, dressers, and any other large furniture should be anchored down with an anchor strap to avoid the furniture tipping or falling over if the child climbs on it.
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    Use pool covers. If you have a swimming pool, buy a cover that you can strap down to prevent your child from falling into the pool.
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    Use gates/fences outside. Make sure your yard is fenced so your child doesn't run off anywhere. If you have any ponds outside, use a fence or gate to prevent your child from accessing it.
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    Properly store house-hold devices/appliances. Make sure any house-hold devices are properly stored in an area inaccessible to your child.
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    Keep any breakable items out of reach. Keep all breakable items away and out of reach of your children's hands, especially any glass objects.
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    Cover furniture edges/corners. Protect your child by covering corners and edges of furniture with foam to prevent any injuries.
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    Eliminate any standing water. To prevent any drowning, close all toilet lids(You can can also purchase toilet-lid locks to restrict your child from opening the toilet lid) and don't leave water in bathtubs or buckets.
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    Keep all water temperatures below 120 degrees. A child could turn on the water and burn themselves in hot water. If you live in an apartment and can't completely change the water setting, just turn the faucet onto the cold setting.
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    If your child is under three, keep all choking hazards out of reach and possibly locked away. Remember, if the toy or item can fit through a toilet paper tube, it is a choking hazard. Some common choking hazards to keep out of reach and locked away are: marbles, buttons, pins, crayons, paper clips, beads, rubber bands, and tiny doll shoes.

Tips

  • Talk with your children and teach them proper safety.
  • Keep all emergency and doctors' numbers on the fridge or stored into your phone in case of an accident.
  • Child-Proofing Devices. Here's a list of safety devices recommended by the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to help keep your child safe at home;
    • Smoke Detectors (One for every level of your home)
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors (Place near sleeping areas and at least 15 feet, or 4.6 meters, away from fuel-burning appliances)
    • Cordless Phones (So you never have to leave your child unattended during phone-calls)
    • Safety Gates (For stairs, use gates that can screw into walls. Don't use the old-fashioned "V" shaped gates.)
    • Anti-scald Devices for Faucets (These may need to be installed by a plumber)
    • Corner and Edge Bumpers (For corners of furniture)
    • Doorknob Covers and Door locks (To prevent children from leaving the home)
    • Outlet Covers and Outlet Plates (Make sure they are not easily removable for children and that they are large enough so the children won't choke on them)
    • Door Stops and Door Holders (This is to protect the children's fingers and hands from getting caught in doors and door hinges).
    • Safety Netting (For decks and balconies)
    • Safety Locks and Latches (For drawers and Cabinets)

Warnings

  • Always watch and supervise your children. Don't ever leave them by themselves.
  • Never let your children wander around without your supervision - they can easily get themselves in trouble.

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