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.
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.
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 a self-closing outlet cover so you won’t have to worry about forgetting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Place cribs or beds away from the window. Don’t give them easy access to the window sill where they could fall out.
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.