The home can be a hazardous place for young children. They’re curious creatures by nature, and if unattended, this curiosity can lead to a number of dangerous outcomes. Protecting children from danger may seem like a tall order, but by following simple safety solutions, you’ll be well on your way to a safe environment.
Note: Safety procedure may vary with different ages. When children become older, if they are allowed at home alone you’ll need to enact a different strategy, which we’ve covered here.
Keep Flammable Objects Out Of Reach
As relaxing as a candles may be, they pose a risks for young kids. Young kids are prone to knocking them over, spilling wax on themselves, and candles have the potential to cause fires in the home.
Any open flame or item that can cause a flame should be out of the reach of children. This includes stove-tops, matches, and fireplaces.
A great alternative for candles is to place LED candles in the home, which give the impression of a flickering candle without the threats. Fireplaces should have heat resistant gates installed, and all sharp edges should be removed from their exterior. Fireplace doors should always be locked when they are not in use, and tools should be kept out of the reach of children.
Falling Items Should be Secured
Any item that has the potential to tip over and fall should be secured, most importantly televisions and dressers. These items are large and known to cause deaths by falling on young children. Use mounts and straps to secure televisions to the wall or a chosen location. All heavy furniture should be anchored to the wall or floor.
Photo frames and other decorations are also a hazard for children. They be knocked over and cause injury due to size, sharp glass, and other materials. Make sure these items are secure and unable to collapse.
Lock All Cabinets
A child’s curiosity will lead them to opening doors, shelves, and pressing buttons. Cabinets are often a nest for dangerous materials. Kitchen cabinets are filled with cleaning supplies, while bathroom cabinets are filled with medicines and other hazardous materials.
Meanwhile, drawers and cabinets in bedrooms may have firearms or other adult items that should be out of reach of children. Make sure cabinets and drawers are locked or handles are replaced so children won’t be able to gain access.
Know Your Child’s Whereabouts
The old adage is true. It does “take a village to raise a child.” And when it comes to the home, every family member should know the whereabouts of young children and what they are up to. You should never take your eyes off of kids, even in the most child-proofed homes.
We’ve provided a few childproofing safety tips, but the task is much larger. View our pool safety guide for tips on keeping your kids safe in the water. And abide by the following safety tips:
- Use power strip covers to keep kids from sticking fingers or objects into power cords.
- Children that are under the age of five should never have toys that are smaller than one inch in diameter.
- Store remote controllers in hard to reach places so children can’t remove batteries.
- All windows should have guards
- Have cordless window coverings or the loops on window cords to address hanging tassels
- Anchor all heavy furniture to the wall or floor
- Gate kitchen when you away to keep it off limits
- Keep houseplants out of reach
- Always have a fully stocked first aid kitRemember that securing a home for children encompasses more than this list. These are simply steps to get you started.