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Childproofing Your Home When Little Ones Are Around

Did you know that, accidents in the home are the primary cause of death in U.S. children? Around 9 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 12,000 are killed, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As parents, we take such care to buy the right car-seat, we obsess over dyes in our children’s food and are as watchful as eagles when our little ones are out in public. But studies have shown that some of the biggest dangers are the ones right inside our own homes. By taking a few simple precautions, these injuries can be avoided thus making your home safe for your child and the children who visit it.

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is home to a wide variety of dangers including toxic chemicals and poisons. Installing safety latches on low-level cabinets and drawers is critical, but poisons are not the only concern. Installing safety latches on drawers help to keep little hands from grabbing sharp objects like scissors or knives from inside the drawers is a good idea as well.

Your stove is another danger zone. Practice using your back burners when cooking on the stove top and keeping the handles of your pots and pans turned in to help avoid burns when a curious child decides to investigate what mommy is cooking.

The Bathroom

Installing safety latches on cabinets and drawers in your bathroom is another good idea as well since many bathrooms house unsafe household cleaning products and medicines.

Another dangerous combination is electrical appliances that get hot like curling irons and blow dryers. Not only can they burn little bodies, they can also pose an electrocution danger when combined with water.

Teach your children early that electricity and water do not mix and that no electrical appliances of any kind should ever be immersed in or placed under running water.

Toilet locks should also be used in homes that have small children to keep lids down. Young children are ‘top heavy’ and can easily fall into a toilet if they lean in to play in it. Since a young child can drown in less than just an inch of water, it is imperative to closely supervise them in the bathroom at all times.

Your House In General

Falling objects pose a huge safety threat for children as well. Take the time to walk around your house and secure heavy furniture that could easily tip, such as bookshelves, to the wall using brackets.

Use doorknob covers to keep your wee ones out of rooms with potential hazards and also to keep them from leaving the house unsupervised.

Make sure your window blinds do not have looped cords because that style can present a strangulation hazard to a young child. Blinds, shades, and draperies purchased before 2001 should be repaired or replaced and always lock blinds into position whether they are all the way up or down.

Lastly, always cover your electrical outlets with protective covers to keep small fingers from them and small objects from being inserted into them.

Check your house over carefully for other potential hazards and address them immediately. With these precautions and some common sense, your household will be your child’s haven. But the number one thing to remember; supervise your children at all times as childproofing your home can never be 100% effective against accidental injury.

Jenny Wong

Jenny Wong

A mom who has an insatiable desire for learning and experiencing new things. A breastfeeding advocate with a bubbly personality. A loyal friend. Love writing, traveling, shopping, chatting and (mostly) sleeping LOL. Well hey, moms need all the beauty sleep they can get, y'know!

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  • Great ideas, My kids are grown but we have a new granddaughter living with us and so we need to start baby proofing the house before she starts to crawl . We need to get a gate or two for the stairs. Toilet locks, we didnt have those when my kids were young, they just learned not to play in the toilet or I probably closed the door. But child safety in the home is extremely important. Also make sure any top heavy furniture is secured to the wall and cant fall on a child. I have heard of to many, one is too many from a young child getting hurt or killed from a dresser falling on top of them. Thanks for sharing

  • I got so paranoid about these when the twins were starting to explore the house, crawling here and there and touching and eating everything they can, LOL! Crazy. I learned a lot through other moms and this is definitely helpful! I hope first time parents read this.

  • Lots of common sense tips here that are useful to those of us who don’t have children but are often visited by other people with children. It can be harder for us to be aware of the dangers but we want our young visitors to be safe in our home.

  • I remember those days! The cabinet locks and outlet covers. The bumpers for sharp furniture. Ah! Great tips for parents of little ones. I just gave away a bunch of baby proofing household items to a friend with a toddler.

  • These are really great tips and so important to do. When my first child was born, I didn’t realize just how much he could get into that I took for granted. I learned though and was a childproof pro with my second child.

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Jenny Wong

Jenny Wong

A mom who has an insatiable desire for learning and experiencing new things. A breastfeeding advocate with a bubbly personality. A loyal friend. Love writing, traveling, shopping, chatting and (mostly) sleeping LOL. Well hey, moms need all the beauty sleep they can get, y'know!