Infographic with 10 most useful tips for Childproofing Your Home
Studies show that 90% of all accidents at home are preventable if parents take the right safety measures and are aware of all the hazards in the family home. Click here fo a full version of this Infographic you can download and share or read the full post below.
When it comes to childproofing your home, the better you are informed about this topic the better you are able to foresee and prevent accidents from happening.
As your child grows he will have access to new hazards that will require you to take the appropriate safety measures. To help you get started, you can download and print a child proofing checklist based on the child's age from childproofingexperts.com.
There are many infant safety products for baby proofing the house available. But how many of them do you really need and how do you decide what products to buy.
We're sharing our10 Most Useful Tips for childproofing your home
Tip #1: install Child safety gates
Safety gates are usually the first that come to mind when you think about child proofing your home. To keep your baby out of trouble consider installing gates at the most unsafe places around your house. Most parents find it useful to have a baby safety gate:
- at the entrance of the kitchen
- in front of the fireplace
- at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- to create a safe play area
Tip #2: Use Child safety locks
Keep all cabinets locked, especially in dangerous areas like the garage and kitchen. Keep chemicals like bleach, paint strippers, drain cleaners locked away. Children can be poisoned when they drink, breath or even touch them. Be safe and...
- Install safety straps, latches or magnetic locks on kitchen cabinets.
- Use window wedges, stoppers or cables to secure windows.
- Secure your front door with knob covers, dead bolt locks or door guardians.
Tip #3: Door safety
Every year thousands of children need surgery because they hurt their fingers on the hinge side. Protect your toddler's little hands and fingers from being crushed in doors and hinges.
- Use a pinch guard that will stop the door from closing completely
- Install a hinge side safety guard for complete finger protection.
Tip #4: Window safety
As we already mentioned window locks and wedges can be used to stop children from opening and falling out of windows. Other steps to take to keep baby safe near windows.
- Install window guards to prevent children from falling through the glass of the window.
- Make sure there are no dangling cords of window blinds in your child's reach. A safer choice is cordless window coverings.
- Move all furniture a child can climb on way from the window.
Tip #5: Prevent tip-overs of TV and Furniture
Every two weeks a child dies from injuries caused by tipping TV or furniture. Check out the campaign ANCHOR IT launched by CPSC to raise awareness for this major hazard that lurks in our homes.
- Take no risk and use brackets and anchors to secure all your bookcases, televisions and heavy furniture to walls.
- Cover all sharp corners and edges of furniture with soft material to soften the impact if your child falls into them
- Use a hearth pad that covers your fireplace's surface with a soft adhesive foam cushion.
- Use a plastic shield that covers the entire front panel of VCR, DVD or Tv to prevent little children damaging the equipment.
Tip 6#: Electrical outlets and cords
An essential part of childproofing your home is from electrical hazards. A child that pulls on a cord or cable may easily pull electrical appliances on top of him. Not only can children trip over long cords but they can also become a strangulation hazard.
- Use cable shorteners for long electrical cords.
- Cover outlets that are not in use with socket plugs or covers.
- Change normal outlets with self-closing outlet covers.
Tip #7: Safety nets
Safety netting can be used in many different ways. It will also stop a child from squeezing its head through the balcony or stair railings.
- Use them on balconies to prevent children from climbing and falling.
- Consider using safety netting for modern stairs that have only have a top railing or no railing at all.
- Stop children from running into a busy street with a driveway safety net.
Tip #8: First Aid
Knowing exactly how to respond when your child gets injured can in some cases make the difference between life and dead. You can prepare yourself for emergencies like for instance drowning, choking, fractures and burns by....
- Taking a First Aid course
- Stocking up on first-aid supplies or buying a baby first aid kit.
- Having all important emergency numbers next to your home phone or stored on your mobile.
Tip #: 9 Fire safety
Another step in the process of childproofing your home is by installing devices that will protect you and your children from suffocating or getting injured from a fire.
- Install smoke detectors to alert you to fires. Make sure you check them regularly, especially the battery operated once.
- Use a carbon monoxide alarm in the areas where the family sleeps to help prevent CO poisoning.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready for use, in your home.
Tip #:10 Childproofing your dog
As a pet owner you may be anxious how your dog is going to react to the inevitable changes the arrival of your new baby will bring in the family home. Your newborn will be the center of everyone's attention and feelings of anxiety or jealousy may change your dog's normal behavior.
This infographic shows you the basics of how to introduce your new baby to the family dog.
This was our checklist for home safety with must have things to keep your child safe. We hope these tips will help you with the challenge of childproofing your home.