20 Apr Baby’s In The Corner: 5 Smart Ways for Childproofing Your Home
Hi, Acadeo friends!
Welcoming a new life into a family is always a joyous occasion – but with a new baby comes new risks around the house. How do you baby-proof your home?
Here are 5 smart ways to do so!
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR DOORS
Keeping track of your doors is especially important if you’ve just moved into a new home. Many families are choosing to buy cheap homes, like PAG IBIG foreclosed properties, and with this comes an unfamiliarity with the surroundings.
This could be very dangerous if you have a baby, toddler, or small child in your family. Being locked out of or in rooms where they shouldn’t be can cause panic for an adult and physical injury to a small child, especially if there are possible sources of injury in the room like heavy furniture or aggressive pets.
Always know which doors work, fix the ones that don’t, and always have your house keys with you if you’re taking care of the little ones at home.
KEEP WIRES OUT OF REACH
A simple yank of a wire can cause a disaster – so always keep your wires out of reach.
This is especially true when you have small children. Small children are always curious and love to explore their surroundings, and they may mistake wires for ropes they can play with. If a wire has a crack or exposed coil, they could electrocute themselves. If they pull a wire and cause the plug to spark, they could cause a house fire. A quick pull of a cord can also make expensive devices fall to the floor and break, sending sharp shards flying and causing injury.
Secure your wires above your head, or out of sight of children. For better security, also invest in outlet safety plugs.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHEMICALS ARE?
Kids love to put things in their mouths. They make the most use of all their senses, including their sense of taste, and so the temptation to suck on anything and everything is high.
If you have dangerous chemicals in your home, like bleach or lighter fluid, make sure they’re secured somewhere your young children can’t access, like in a locked cabinet or overhead shelf. This applies to items not normally considered “dangerous” but actually are, as well: for example, batteries won’t immediately poison your child, but they are choking hazards when swallowed.
Think of it like this: if you won’t put it in your mouth, you don’t want to give your child the chance to do so, either. Lock such things away!
SECURE ALL SHARP AND HEAVY OBJECTS
The older a child gets, the more playful they will be. This means they will bump into things like tables, cabinets, and shelves – and this could be very dangerous.
Even a small bump can make a very heavy object tip over and fall, which can lead to serious injury even to a grown adult, let alone a toddler. If you have items in your house that are over 1kg, or if they have sharp edges, secure them to steady, unmoving surfaces, and tape their edges down.
HAVE A DESIGNATED PLAY AREA
Playtime is one of the best times to keep children occupied, and is, truthfully, one of the few times caretakers can get some rest from watching over them. That doesn’t mean leaving children to play is a safe choice!
Designate a space in your home for children to play safely. Ideally, it’s a space where you can easily check your small children, and the space should be free of any furniture they could hurt themselves with if they fall, trip, or bump into them. Choose age-appropriate toys as well, as smaller toys for older children are choking hazards for younger ones.
These are 5 smart tips for childproofing a home that can be done with any real estate property, whether it’s a landed house, a condo unit, or a mobile home.
Do you have suggestions for childproofing a home as well? Sound off in the comments and let us know!