The term “child-proofing” is thrown around a lot for new parents. Whether you’re a parent or just having family or guests over, however, child-proofing is a safety step you need to take very seriously. There are countless ways in a given home for a child to encounter danger. If you don’t take the proper precautions before a child is in your home, you could be held liable for injuries or accidents. Not to mention, you don’t want a little kid’s safety on your conscience!
Today, we’re taking a closer look at some simple ways you can keep common household dangers out of reach of kids. Let’s make your home a safer place to be.
Kids put their fingers where they aren’t supposed to go. If you’ve been around literally any child for more than ten seconds, you’ve seen a kid start picking their nose, poking a bug they found, or otherwise touching something they found on the ground. This extends to dangerous things like electrical outlets, too. While you can explain how dangerous it is to go jamming fingers and paperclips into these electrical sockets, some kids hear that as “this will be totally awesome and fun, you should do it”.
The best way to nip this in the bud is to use plastic coverings that go over electrical outlets that aren’t in use. All but the most crafty of toddlers will be stumped by such measures. And, in the worst-case scenario, the cover should buy you some time to interrupt any kid’s mission to shove a fork in the wall outlet.
You definitely need to keep these items far out of reach of any kids–including older teens who might try to abuse certain prescriptions. Even over-the-counter medications can be dangerous, despite measures such as child-proof caps.
Store all of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in locked medicine cabinets. Kids are notorious for mistaking pills for candy, and a lethal overdose for a child could be as few as one or two pills. As such, it’s imperative you keep medications far from the hands of little ones.
The last big one that people can overlook is top-heavy furniture. Wardrobes, dressers, and entertainment centers should be anchored to the wall. Kids are known to climb on tall furniture. When their weight throws the balance off, these items can tip over and cause injuries. So, take the time to get these strapped down so they don’t go anywhere when a toddler decides to use them like a jungle gym!