Having a new child in the home is going to be one of the most difficult things if you are not prepared. Not only do you have to make sure you monitor your child constant, you also need to be sure that the baby cannot get into anything that might be dangerous. This is why Mr. Handyman takes this very seriously, and offers many helpful tips about baby-proofing your home.
Child and baby-proofing is very serious, so these tips are going to ensure that not only are you doing things correctly, but also that you are prepared for incidents that may happen in the future. Checking the Anchor It! website will show just how many injuries and deaths occur each year at home. Many of these can be prevented.
Anything that is used for cleaning or killing insects should be kept in cabinets with childproof locks, and even out of reach on a higher shelf if possible. This includes tabs for the washer, and any edible things like vitamins.
Wet appliances or cords can be especially dangerous to people, not just children. Installing a GFCI ground fault circuit interrupter outlet near baths and sinks can stop an electrical current in its tracks if anything gets wet, which can save a life.
You want to always make sure your baby is not bathed in water exceeding 100 degrees, you can do this by using a thermometer in the water and turning your heat thermostat down. Also, putting locks on the toilet seats, or childproof latches can keep children from going into the toilet.
Curtains and blinds should always have something to keep the cords from being reached by children. Safety gates that keep children out of rooms and from flights of stairs are also recommended. A pressure-mounted gate may seem like a good idea, but a child can easily knock it down, which is why installing mounted ones are better. Furthermore, ensuring anything that is top heavy in this room is important so that children don’t knock things over while being curious.
Taking children outdoors is wonderful if you are doing it the right way. Any pools or bodies of water need too have fencing installed around them, and drain covers for when they are not in use. Any pool water you use for a child pool should be dumped and the kidding pool cleaned each time. Also, ensure that you have all guards and balconies up to code, and install deck rails. Being sure of any plants growing in the area is also vital so that you know what is good and what is not.