If you’re a parent (or are about to be), your child’s safety is one of your biggest priorities. And if you’re a homeowner (or are about to be) and you have children, a safe place to raise your family is a necessity.
Young children can get injured at home very easily if precautions aren’t taken to prevent danger. If you’re in the market for a new home, take note potential hazards during your search that could be dangerous for children, and consider how you would address them if you lived there.
While you can’t shield your children from all the dangers of the outside world, you can take precautions at home to keep them out of harm’s way.
Let The Adler Home Team help in your search to find the best (and safest) home for your and your family, and check out these tips to safeguard your children from common household injuries.
Get a Baby’s-eye View
Depending on your child’s age, the immediate need to protect them from danger will vary. A newborn can’t go too far without assistance, but a 7-month-old just learning to crawl can be tempted by new and interesting sights to explore. Get down on the floor to see first-hand what your child sees. If any items look tempting from that point of view, it is wise to either remove them out of reach or secure any cabinet doors that could be opened. You should also pick up loose coins on the ground or office supplies such as staples and paperclips that have found their way to the floor. The last thing you want is for them to find their way to your child’s mouth!
Cover the Outlets
Most electrical outlets in your home are located in a prime position for your child to stick their fingers (or other random toys/objects) into. Outlet protectors are essential to prevent electrical shock. The safest bet is to replace the entire cover with one that latches securely. If there are extension cords in your home, cover the exposed outlets with electrical tape.
Install Safety Gates
A home with stairs can be a dangerous place for a child, especially one who is just learning to walk. Safety gates should be installed at the top and bottom of staircases so they can’t go up or down. Gates that screw into the wall are more secure than pressure-mounted ones. You should note that purchasing a gate that closes automatically when you walk through it is not only convenient, but is safer as well. It can be easy to forget to shut the door behind you when you’re walking though, and all it takes is a split second for your child to tumble down the staircase. Stairs aren’t the only places you can use a safety gate. Put them in doorways to bathrooms, the kitchen, or any room that can pose a threat to children with dangerous objects.
Prevent Water Danger
Water in your home poses a significant danger to children, especially in toilets. Children are very curious and can easily topple head first into a toilet bowl and drown. Make sure all toilet lids are closed after each use and secured with a latch for extra precaution. There are many types of latches in various prices ranges, so it’s important to take that step for your child’s safety and your peace of mind. If your home has a pool or hot tub, it’s a good idea to install a gate all the way around it. If a gate is not ideal for your home’s situation, the next best step is to make sure all interior doors have childproofing that prevents little ones from escaping outside. A pool can be very fun, but only when adults are around to make sure children are using it safely.
These are just a few suggestions from The Adler Home Team to make sure your home is as safe as possible for you and your family.