By Emma Greenwood
It is so exciting when your child takes his or her first step, but one thing you may not have considered is that suddenly everything in your house becomes a potential danger. More than a third of child injuries and deaths happen at home.
Most childhood accidents happen with everyday things that you probably wouldn’t necessarily think of as dangerous, including water, heat or flames, toxic substances, the potential for a fall and choking hazards.
Childproofing is important for parents, grandparents, babysitters and other homes where small children will be.
TrustPoint Insurance Agent, Teresa Anderson advises, “Check your liability limits on your homeowners insurance. You typically see coverages from $300,000 to $500,000. An umbrella policy would pick up where your home liability leaves off. Typical coverage starts at one million dollars. Make sure that you take every precaution to safeguard your home to prevent any possible accidents.”
Below are safety tips on how to childproof your home to protect children.
- Securing doors to unsafe rooms and using doorknob covers – This ensures that your child can’t get into rooms that aren’t childproof. The doorknob covers make it difficult for little hands to grip and turn the knobs.
- Cabinet Locks – Cabinets can be a danger to kids when they conceal unsafe objects. So, to prevent your child from getting into something dangerous, put a safety lock either externally or inside your cabinets.
- Stove Guard – Stoves can be a big burn hazard to your child. A stove guard takes the burners out of reach of your child.
- Appliance Latch – Kids are curious, and this will prevent your child from risks such as opening the dishwasher or finding a knife. An appliance latch can help secure all of your appliances so your kid can’t get hurt.
- Gate – Making sure your kid can’t fall down the stairs is another important part of childproofing your home. A gate will protect your kid from falling down the stairs and harming themselves.
- Window Guards – Installing a window guard will prevent your child from falling out of the window. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 12 children ten years old and younger die each year for window fall-related injuries.
- Fireplace Gate – Although it is nice to have a fire going during the winter, it is vital to keep your kid safe from the flames. A fireplace gate will ensure that your child will stay away from the fire and be at a safe distance while the fire is burning.
- Sharp Edge Cushion – Most homes have many sharp edges on tables and shelves around the house. To protect your kids from running into a sharp edge and injuring themselves, put cushions on the edge to minimize the risk of injury.
- Pool Gate – If you have a pool, make sure to have a gate protecting your kids from being able to enter the pool area without your supervision.
Every parent wants their child to have a safe and happy childhood. By following this childproofing checklist, it will help ensure a safer home. But, the number one thing to do to prevent injuries is always keep an eye on your child.