One of the leading causes of child fatalities in the United States is household accidents. While your home may seem safe to you, there are plenty of dangers or potential accidents waiting to happen for children. This is especially true for young children who may still be crawling. In fact, nearly 70% of kids who die from being injured accidentally in their homes are under the age of 4. While supervision is one of the best ways to prevent injury, you can’t keep an eye on your children every second of every day. Thus, having a safe home is essential to ensuring the health and safety of your children.
The first thing you need to do to successfully create a child-safe home is to remove all potential danger. The best way to accomplish this is to go room-by-room. The kitchen and bathroom are two common places to store hazardous household products. Store these out of reach of children, and install safety latches on the cabinets and drawers. You should also store medicine out of the reach your children, and away from where you keep your food or beverages. That way, they won’t accidentally take it. When you are cooking dinner, turn pot handles toward the back of the stove and use the stove’s back burners. Ideally, keep hot pans and pots out of the reach of children. Use anti-scalding devices on all shower heads and faucets. This will help prevent accidental burns. Always unplug electrical devices, such as blenders and hair dryers, and keep them away from sinks or taps. Cover any unused electrical outlets with safety caps or outlet protectors. If you have very young children, you should use safety gates at the bottom and top of your stairs, or in the doorways of any rooms that may have hazards in them. If you have hard surfaces with sharp corners, use corner and edge bumpers. Use brackets and anchors to secure heavy furniture, shelves, and bookcases to the wall to prevent them from tipping over.
While childproofing your home is important to ensure safety and prevent injury, it can make your home seem cold and unwelcoming. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many things you can do to make a safe but comfortable home. Always keep quilts, throw pillows, and blankets within reach. This will allow anyone sitting on a couch or chair to stay warm and comfortable. This is especially beneficial during the cold winter months. Don’t take your home décor too seriously – children tend to be destructive, so avoid purchasing expensive items. Instead, be creative – use paper to make a bouquet of flowers, for example. Keep books on tables and shelves. This includes children’s books and books for you and your partner. This can be extremely useful on rainy days when you can’t go outside. Allow your children to design and decorate their own rooms. This will give them a sense of individuality while at the same time potentially saving you money. While it is important to keep your home safe, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to do so!