5 Ways To Childproof Your Home


March 9, 2017



Drew Barrymore isn’t just a Charlie’s Angel. She’s a mother angel who puts her kids’ safety on top of her priority list. Those iconic hair ties you often spot around her wrist? They’re meant for looping around the knobs of any two cabinets to hold them together. Her windows also have 4 inch stoppers to prevent falls. Take a leaf from her book and use these seven different childproof hacks around your home.

Watch Out For Corners And Doors

Protect your children’s fingers from getting injured by using foam door stoppers. Also, all sharp corners within your home should be covered with corner guards – especially if your kids are prone to running around the house when they play.

Avoid Dangling Cords

Although many people may not realise, blinds that come with cords are a strangulation hazard for young kids. You can counter this issue by using blind cord wind-ups since the dangling cords can be neatly wound up and kept out of your children’s reach. An extra plus point: it makes your home look more orderly too.

Safety Caps For Sockets

Unattended children can easily stuff their fingers into sockets – especially toddlers who enjoy crawling around. We’d recommend putting safety caps on all electrical outlets when they aren’t in use. Besides keeping your children safe, this measure conserves energy too.

Invest In Window Guards

An open window is an open invitation for young, curious minds. Fit secure window guards onto all windows in your house, ensuring they can’t be opened any wider than 9-10cm. Also, keep objects that children can climb onto away from balconies.

Safety Gates Are Necessary

Kitchens aren’t just for whipping up greatness. It’s also a place where disasters are born. Allowing young kids into the kitchen gives them access to dangerous substances like dishwashing liquids and detergents, and some children may even be tall enough to reach the knobs on your stove. Using a safety gate or barrier prevents them from being near potential hazards in the kitchen.

If you live in a home that has a staircase, safety gates and barriers are important safety features to have at the top and bottom of your stairs. It prevents toddlers from falling since they won’t be able to climb up and down staircases without parental guidance.

This article was contributed by writer Gizelle A M.

 



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