They say the home is where the heart is. It’s also where most regular injuries occur. After all, you spend most of your time at home. For adults, the occasional slip, burn, or misstep most likely won’t have any long-term consequences. However, your children are a lot more delicate and they’re vulnerable to injuries at a young age, which is why you need to protect them. Keeping your home childproof is crucial if you want to raise your little bundle of joy in a safe environment.
Secure unsafe doors
It’s nearly impossible to childproof every single room in your home. Some rooms might be too unsafe for the presence of a child. Even when you remove most of the potentially dangerous items, there’s still a way to get injured. In these situations, it would be best to simply create a barrier between your child and the room in question. Doors are great tools for this.
However, even doors aren’t the safest elements of your home. Children are pretty creative, and they can find a way to reach the doorknob and enter a room. This is why you need to reinforce the unsafe doors. Doorknob covers are easy ways to solve this problem. They make it difficult for a child to get a good grip on the handle. Opening them becomes nearly impossible if the child is small enough.
Place these doorknobs at every exit leading out of your home. It wouldn’t hurt to place it on the doors of a couple of rooms, either. Bathrooms are a great example of a room that shouldn’t be easily accessible. The water features and toxic chemicals present are enough of a threat to children without taking into consideration the dirt and grime.
Guard the stove
The kitchen isn’t exactly the safest room in the house. It has sharp objects all over the place. Not to mention, if your home has a pest problem, the culprits are very likely hiding away in your kitchen. Unfortunately, the sharp objects and dirt are the least worrisome elements in your kitchen. Your stove and oven are sources of extreme temperatures that can severely harm your children.
Stovetops aren’t difficult to access. Any child with a knack for climbing can reach the stove. Turning it on isn’t too far off in terms of difficulty either. Alternatively, if you’re cooking absentmindedly, your child might find its way to the kitchen and get injured. To prevent this, you’re going to need something that can block access to the stove. Stove guards can work wonders. They make cooking safer for you while also making sure that kids can’t reach the burner. It’s an ideal solution that will drastically increase kitchen safety.
Dealing with ovens is a bit more complex. You need to make sure that the oven has some form of locking mechanism that your child can’t use. Otherwise, they could open the oven door and get burned by the hot air.
Put cabinets under lock
Your cabinets are something else that needs to be well-protected. Cabinets themselves might not be dangerous, but their contents often are. Your bathroom cabinets are probably filled with various toxic cleaning agents that children should never come into contact with. Even kitchen cabinets are no exception. They are often located higher on the wall and their contents can fall on top of your child and hurt them.
Your best bet would be to introduce a locking mechanism to your cabinets. Make sure that the keys are always stashed away somewhere where kids can’t reach them. This should be enough to keep them from ever accessing the dangerous items inside. However, if you want to be one hundred percent sure that your kids won’t open a cabinet, you could always make the lock more complex. A double-lock mechanism would be more than enough to prevent kids from getting inside a cabinet. It also wouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience for you.
Stairs are pretty dangerous home elements. Kids and adults alike need to be careful while climbing them, because they’re one of the most common locations where home injuries happen. Falling from the stairs can end up being fatal if you’re unlucky.
Most parents install stair gates at the top of their stairs to prevent kids from using them. Swing gates are the simplest option to install. They’re also pretty easy to use, and your children aren’t able to open them on their own.
As your child gets better at climbing, it would be smart to install a gate at the bottom of the stairs as well. This way, you don’t have to worry about your child climbing up the stairs and injuring him or herself.
Keep the fire at bay
Fireplaces are an important part of your living room décor. They keep you warm on those chilly winter nights and make the room feel a lot cozier. Unfortunately, fireplaces come with all sorts of dangerous elements. Chief among them is the fire itself. There’s no denying that fire is something that you need to be careful around. The fire pokers and flammable materials don’t help, either.
Under absolutely no circumstances should your child ever get near a fire. The big problem here is that children love playing near fireplaces. You need to put up a barrier around the fire to make sure that your child can’t get burned by the flames. This barrier should be positioned a bit further out because the fire isn’t the only burning risk. You need to consider that the barrier is also going to get heated up to high temperatures and it could cause severe burns on its own.
Slipping is not something that should be taken lightly. Rooms that frequently see spills, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are very high-risk areas for slipping. They have smooth floors which exacerbate the effect of spills. Worse yet, they often contain hard and sharp edges that turn slips into potentially fatal situations. Kids don’t exactly watch their steps while running around, which means they are very prone to slipping.
Preventing slippage isn’t all that difficult. All you have to do is to add some non-slip surfaces such as bath mats, secure them with an adhesive anti slip tape, and you should be good to go. These measures make it easier to get a good grip on the ground with your feet or socks, which makes it a lot more difficult to slip. Even if your kids decide to run over the bathroom or kitchen tiles, they’re going to avoid slipping with ease.
Make windows safer to use
Windows can be pretty hazardous for children. They are often located at high elevations and they don’t have any guards or mechanisms to prevent a fall. Kids like spending time peering out of the window and checking things out. Children don’t have a properly developed balance system, which is why these types of activities are extremely dangerous. There are tens of thousands of cases of children falling out of windows every single year. Windows should be your number one priority when childproofing a room.
Window gates and guards are unsightly, but necessary solutions to this. Any windows that are easy to climb need to be completely secure and impenetrable. It might cost you the ability to fully access the window, but it will keep your kids safe. However, closing off the window entirely would not be a good idea. You need to have a backup plan in case a fire breaks out and you need to immediately crack a window.
Even the windows on the first floor of a home need to be secured. Children’s bodies are vulnerable. All it takes is a couple of inches of fall distance to seriously injure them.
Keeping your home child-proof isn’t all that difficult of a task. You just need to put yourself in the perspective of your child and figure out what they can reach. If you take precautions and introduce some of these measures into your home, you can be sure that your baby is going to stay safe all year round.