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Whether you live in a cosy apartment or a sprawling mansion, childproofing your home is essential to the safety of your little ones. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t stress – creating a safe home environment isn’t as complicated as you might think.
While it may not be possible to eliminate every single potential danger in your home, knowing the basics of childproofing can make a huge difference to the safety of your children.
Here are some of the main steps you should take when childproofing your home.
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When childproofing your home, always check your child’s crib has been put together properly.
Cribs need to be sturdy, especially if your child likes to rock it or hold onto the bars or railings. Make sure there are no wobbly parts to prevent falls or other mishaps.
Once you’re confident your child’s crib has been assembled safely, position it away from power cords and windows. And if your child is still an infant, don’t overload their crib with pillows or toys.
Is your child starting to outgrow their crib? If so, a bed could be a safer option for them. If you’re after some ideas for a bed, see our range of Kids beds
They may look innocent enough, but blind cords can be extremely hazardous to small children. Keep your kids from getting tangled in blind cords by suspending them in the air (the cords, not the kids!) using a plastic clip secured to the wall or a window pane.
Have a plumber regulate the water temperature in your home to make sure your kids don’t accidently scald themselves. Modern houses often feature automatic temperature control, but boiling hot water can still present a danger in older properties.
Placing protective covers on your stove is another childproofing essential. To prevent your kids from sustaining burns or setting fire to the kitchen, consider investing in covers for the knobs on your stove.
Electrical outlets are like magnets for curious youngsters. It’s not uncommon for kids to stick things like forks into power outlets, putting themselves at risk of electrocution.
Eliminate this hazard by covering up any low-lying power outlets around your house. Sliding covers are great as they offer adults easy access to power outlets while still keeping them out of reach of children.
Easy to install and reliably childproof, safety latches are an essential safety accessory. From flights of stairs to kitchen drawers, they’re great for keeping kids away from hazards around the house.
Haven’t got around to childproofing some areas? Keep those rooms out-of-bounds by installing safety gates around your home. Safety gates should also be installed at entry points to balconies and stairs.
Trees aren’t the only things kids love to climb. They also have a habit of trying to scale bookcases and chests of drawers; these heavy pieces of furniture can topple over and cause serious injuries.
To minimise this risk, keep larger pieces in place by securing them with a wall anchor. Learn how to install a wall anchor (and pick up other practical safety advice) by taking a look at Product Safety for furniture.