November 01, 2017

Did you know that November is Child Safety And Prevention Month? We at Kids Atelier want your kids to be as safe and healthy as they are fashionable, so we've comprised 10 childproofing tips that ensure maximum safety.

a beautiful staircase in a modern home

BLOCK OFF STAIRWAYS

If your home has steps or a stairway, make sure to use safety gates and block all entrances. For stairways, place a gate both at the foot of the stairs and the top. If there is a single step between rooms, make sure the gate spans across the entire distance to ensure complete safety.

white cabinet

STRAP DOWN FURNITURE

Children can easily topple furniture, especially ones with drawers that can open and make a deadly staircase to climb on. Be sure to strap down all the heavy furniture in your house - TV’s, bookshelves, drawer chests, etc.

COVER POWER OUTLETS

Your first instinct may be to buy the cheap plastic covers that you insert into the outlets. These are often removed and not replaced afterwards, leaving a small choking hazard in plain sight. The solution? Buy aself-closing outlet cover so you won’t have to worry about forgetting.

LOCK CABINETS

Install locking mechanisms on all cabinet doors and any other storage doors a child can reach. There are hundreds of latches out there so it’s up to your preferences but they all do the same important job.

kid in bathtub

LOWER THE TEMPERATURE

Set your water heater to max out under 120 degrees. Children can easily turn the shower knobs and risk scalding themselves.

TIE IT UP

Cords from curtains and blinds are a deadly accident waiting to happen. Children can wrap themselves in the cord and potentially hang or choke themselves, so it’s important to keep all cords out of reach.

table

EXTRA PADDING

Add soft cushioning to the sides of tables, cabinets, and any other furniture with sharp edges. Kids who are running, crawling or jumping around these items can easily hit their heads.

smoke

 CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR

If you don’t have one, get one. Carbon Monoxide is a silent, odorless killer than can take your child’s life away without you ever knowing. If you have a detector make sure to check the batteries and replace when necessary.

window

AVOID WINDOWS

Place cribs or beds away from the window. Don’t give them easy access to the window sill where they could fall out.

swimming pool

BLOCK THE POOL

If you have a pool, lake or large body of water behind your house, make sure to place a gate to avoid potential drowning.