Every single parent clearly wants to make sure their little one is totally safe. They certainly worry about how to protect their children from stranger abduction and violence, but most of them also overlook one of the biggest threats to their children's safety and well-being. They forget their own home. Children between the ages of 1 and 4 are more probable to be killed by fire, burns, drowning, choking, poisoning or falls than by a stranger's violence. A huge part of children are accidentally injured every year and more than we would like are even killed in their own home. That is why it is so important to childproof your house. Here are some tips you might find useful.
Plenty of gadgets
You can easily find all kinds of gadgets for quite cheap that can really improve your home childproofing efforts. There is also other option, of course, if you prefer it, hire a professional childproofer to choose and install safety devices for you. This way you will be able to be 100 percent sure your little one is safe. Obviously, the best device is still your supervision.
Scope out the territory
The most effective way to ensure your child's safety is to take a baby's-eye view of your home. Get down on your hands and knees and see how things look from down there. It might sound silly, but you will be able to find out what is within reach, what looks tempting for him, where would he crawl, toddle or walk? This surely will help you figure out which cupboards, drawers and other spaces your child might get into. As he starts walking and climbing, you will have to reevaluate again, looking higher each and every time. Perhaps even use gates to limit your child's access to areas of your home that might contain dangerous items. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for tiny objects that your baby could choke on. Be watchful when you have visitors, too.
Use caution with furniture and fixtures
A lot of children under the age of 5 are injured when television sets, bookcases and other furniture and appliances tips over on them. Large or heavy bookcases, dressers and appliances are real danger. Bolt whatever you can to the wall. Push items like televisions back from the edge of the furniture they are on or move them out of reach and then secure them too. Always put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers to make furniture less top-heavy. Babies start pulling up on furniture shortly after they start crawling, and soon after that they learn how to climb. Other little advice is to keep dresser drawers closed when you are not using them. They are perfect ladders for children. Furniture corners are another common hazard, especially those found on coffee tables. That is why you should cover all sharp corners and hearth edges with bumpers to soften the impact if your child falls.
Most of parents consider safety gates as an essential childproofing tool. They allow you to open outside doors for air while keeping your child indoors, they contain him within a designated room and they also block little one’s access to dangerous stairways and forbidden rooms with possibly dangerous things in it.
Even though these are great tips for you to follow, remember your supervision is the best protection of them all. So be sure to monitor your tiny villain.