Thursday, December 13, 2012
Childproofing your Home
As adults we often don’t see the dangers that lurk in our homes for babies and toddlers. As new parents one of the first tasks we take on is “baby-proofing” our home, often beginning with locks on the cupboards, plugs in the electric sockets and moving breakable items out of harm’s way.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 2 ½ million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each years. However, armed with information, a little time, and relatively small budget, a few simple child safety devices can help parents and care providers prevent most accidents.
For example, most parents begin with the safety latches for kitchen and bathroom cabinets to protect curious toddlers form access to medicines, household clearness and sharp objects. Doorknob covers and locks, safety gates and window guards will also keep toddlers away from dangerous places.
Smoke detectors throughout the home are essential safety devices to protect the family from fire deaths and injuries. Carbon monoxide detectors outside bedrooms can also prevent unintentional poisoning. Also consider cutting window blind cords and replacing them with safety tassels and inner cord stops to help prevent children from strangling in blind cord loops.
It’s a good idea for parents of young children to crawl around on the floor to gain a child’s prospective when child-proofing their home.