How to Childproof a Living Room

Any room in your home can pose a threat to small children, but if you know how to childproof a living room, you are off to a good start on making your home a safe place for not only your children but the children of other guests who may visit your home as well. From plug-ins, to sharp corners, heavy objects and more, you will have your work cut out for you.


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    Tackle cords and electrical outlets. Not only can cords be strangulation hazards, but they can also be shock hazards and more.
    • Secure dangling cords, such as those from your lamps, TV, telephone and/or the computer. Kids can pull on these and potentially pull an item on top of themselves, or the kids could bite them and shock themselves. Use cord reels or spools to gather up any slack in a cord, and/or secure them with zip ties, twist ties or electrical tape.
    • Cover electrical outlets with childproof caps so that no little fingers, food, toys or other objects get too close or make their way into them.
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    Gate stair areas that may be coming off the living room.
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    Secure rugs if you have hardwood floors.
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    Secure any furniture that has any potential of tipping. This can include, but is not limited to, curio cabinets, entertainment centers or bookshelves.
    • Make sure that large items are held tight to the wall to prevent them from tipping in the event that a child climbs on them.
    • Choose between an L bracket or special straps that you can purchase to secure your item. The L brackets are quite inexpensive and can be secured to the studs in your wall. And, L brackets won't wiggle loose like the other straps might.
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    Protect your children from corners and edges.
    • Work to replace or eliminate corners in your living room.
    • Substitute ottomans in place of coffee tables.
    • Consider soft bumper edges to add cushion to sharper table or fireplace edges. You can find bumpers in vinyl, fabric and plastic.
    • For an inexpensive alternative, use pipe insulator, which can be cut and fashioned around sharp edges.
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    Remove choking hazards, life threatening objects and breakables.
    • Remove small knickknacks or anything small that can fit into a child's mouth. This could include small toys, marbles and/or pieces of games.
    • Look for items that could easily break and cut a child. Keep these items high enough out of reach or in another room and away from your child.
    • Remove any poisons that could possibly be ingested, such as air fresheners, potpourri or poisonous house plants.
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    Wrap up any long window cords, blinds or drapes. These pose a strangulation risk to children.


  • Giving up items that you like in your living room will only be temporary, so work together with the members of your household to make this temporary change to your living area.

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