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Keeping Your Home Safe For Your Child
Safety should be a number one priority for parents when they bring home a new baby. Before long the baby will be crawling and walking; hazards are everywhere and you need to reduce those hazards as much as possible. Kids can get into just about everything so you need to get down to his or her level before they are born and protect your child from things easily within their reach.
Thinking Like Your Toddler
Sweep through your house, thinking like a child, to find those things he or she can get into. Jot those things down as they will become the focus of your childproofing efforts. Things that do not look like hazards to you may be just the thing your child focuses on in any particular room.
Buying Safety Products
It's a given that you will have to buy some safety equipment, including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, electrical outlet plugs, latches and gates. Make sure your detectors are in working order and that you have a detector on all levels of your home. Buy a fire extinguisher and keep it in the place where it may most likely be used. Make sure older children know exactly how to use any safety equipment you may have and what to do if the detectors go off.
Installing Safety Locks
Make sure all windows have locks on them and make sure you have guards on windows so they don't open more than 4 inches. Keep dangerous equipment out of the reach of babies and small children and lock up all toxic medications and chemicals. Buy childproof doorknob covers so that babies and small children cannot get into rooms that might be hazardous to them. You may wish to put these door knob covers on exterior doors as well.
The laundry room is particularly dangerous. Kids can try to hide inside the dryer or washer and can get injured. Put a doorknob cover on the door leading to the laundry equipment.
There are lots of places a child can get stuck in or caught in like slats along stairwells or balconies. Slats should be no further apart than 3 inches and, if they are, you can use acrylic sheets to protect your child from getting caught and strangled. Watch out for low hanging curtain or blind cords and put them up out of baby's reach.
There are lots of things a kid can get into trouble with and get injured - even in your house. This can be remedied by proper supervision and by using child safety tools to childproof your home before the baby even gets home from the hospital. Your home should be a safe place for baby to play in.
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