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How to childproof your home

Many children are hurt every year due to homes not being properly child-proofed. Of course you can't prevent all injuries with 100% certainty even though as protective parents we want to. You can however prevent most injuries that could potentially harm your child by child-proofing your home, and using some common sense.

Here are some tips to increase the safety of your home for your child as they learn to navigate their way around your house.

  • electrical outlets should all be covered
  • baby gates in front of stairs and landings
  • locks for cabinet doors and drawers
  • toilet seats should be latched down, in addition to protecting your child it also prevents them from putting items into the toilet, like your cell phone
  • tables with sharp edges should be covered with padding or removed completely and swapped for something more child friendly
  • completely blocking off the kitchen is something to consider as there are many hazards in there
  • door knob covers to stop little ones from going into rooms that they shouldn't be in
  • locks on your stove and fridge
  • gates on windows if they are at an accessible level that you child can reach
  • gates that surround your fireplace if you use it often
  • install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home
  • cut or cover blind cords to prevent a choking hazard
  • check the floor often for small items and toys that a child could choke on
  • store any poisonous or hazardous liquids such as cleaning solutions in an area where your child has no access to, such as your garage

These are just a few tips that you can employ in your household to stop easily preventable accidents from happening. In addition to baby-proofing your house you should also have a checklist of these items to re-check every so often.

One of the best things you can do besides these suggestions is to always have a good idea of what your child is up to and where they are in the house. As they grow and become more independent this will be harder to do, but while they're still relatively young this is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent most accidents.