How To Baby-Proof Your House
As parents to toddlers, you'll always find yourself worried about your kid's safety and security. But, installing a CCTV camera on your house's entrance for the fear of intruders is not enough. Rather than worrying about strangers and intruders harming your baby, take a close look at your surroundings. How many choke-able items do you see? How many sharp objects/edges or medicines are lying there within your toddler's reach? Your home can house some of the most dangerous threats to your children if you don't pay attention.
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As parents to children aged between 8 months and 3 years, it is imperative to baby-proof your houses to avoid any mishap harming your crawling angels. Here are a few tips to get you started:
As much as possible, try to have your electrical outlets at higher levels, out of your toddler's reach. But if you already have a few switch boards installed closer to the floor, make sure to cover it with safety plug-in caps which have safety latches on them. Cover all extension and electrical cords with electrical tape and styrofoam sheets.
A large or heavy dresser or bookcase can be as hazardous to your child as a boulder. I'm not trying to scare you, but I hope you know how important it is to fix the heavier pieces of furniture to the ground. Make sure your furniture isn't top-heavy. Bolt your wardrobes to the wall and cover all sharp edges with styrofoam. Coffee tables and kitchen counters also need to be proofed.
Choke-able and poisonous items:
Store all choke-able items safely, and tuck them away in the wardrobe. Medicines, bags, coins, marbles, small showpieces, basically any miniature object must be put away. Make sure to store all surface cleaners, and detergents in the top drawer of your kitchen cabinet.
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Blinds and curtains:
Keep an eye on the cords and loops in your window blinds and curtains. These can prove to be dangerous strangling hazards.
Tubs, toilets and buckets filled with water can be harmful too. Be sure to cover and/or seal whatever possible and keep tubs and buckets empty. While bathing your child in a bathtub, put a safety inflated-ring around their neck or waist to avoid accidental drowning.
Install safety gates that are up-to-date with current safety standards. Baby-proof all doorways that lead to stairs, basements, attics, and other places in your home that could be unsafe for your child.
Breakables and pointy items:
Keep all breakable and glass items away from your child's reach. Any pointy item that could turn into a sharp harmful weapon needs to be thrown away.
All electrical and battery operated appliances must be stored in lock and key. Irons, electric hand-mixers, cosmetic appliances etc need to be stored carefully.
We know you love French windows, but they could be dangerous for your child. Install grills on all windows to prevent your child from accidental falls.
Gas cylinders are the biggest threat to yours and your child's lives in your not-so-humble-after-all abode. Make sure to keep these highly flammable cylinders safe and out of your child's reach. Lock all knobs when you aren't using your gas. And do not let your child in the kitchen. Install a baby-proof gate on the door if needed.
You can purchase all baby-proof equipment online so go that extra mile for your baby. :)