If you have a new member of the family, it might be a good idea to start thinking about childproofing your home. On average, children start to crawl at around eight months, at which point their new found mobility might also come with a good measure of curiosity. After this, it’s not long before little ones start to walk, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re one step ahead.
In our modern lives, there are many objects that can prove hazardous to young children. Taking a few inexpensive measures to make your home childproof is an easy way to give you peace of mind, and a few extra minutes to make a cup of tea!
Be Furniture Smart
Furniture can be a major hazard for children, for many reasons, so it’s a good idea to make sure that the rooms where your little ones play are as safe as they can be. Tall furniture items such as bookcases should be secured with brackets to prevent them from tipping. Items that are heavy should be placed on the bottom of shelving units to prevent them from falling, and furniture units with sharp corners should have bumpers fitted.
Think About Strangulation and Choking Hazards
Children don’t always have the best judgment in snacks, and one of the ways they like to discover the world is by putting objects in their mouth. Anything that has the potential to be a choking hazard, such as loose plastic bags, should be removed from your child’s play area. Also be aware that looped cords attached to blinds, shades and draperies should be replaced as they pose a strangulation hazard.
Be Aware of Electrical Cords
Electrical cords are an obvious hazard for children. Children are naturally inquisitive, and what could seem like a new play toy to them could be potentially life-threatening. However, there are some measures you can take to make your home safer:
Areas dense with cables, such as to the rear on TVs and computers can be tidied with cable ties to make them harder to pull or chew.
Home improvement stores sell cable proofing, which comes in the form of long plastic tubes.
Make smart cable choices! Pick electrical cords with higher quality cables with thicker more durable insulation, some even come with a bitter non-toxic agent that makes them unpleasant to chew.
Have a Safe Play Room
You should make sure that you make every effort to childproof your home, however, it’s also a good idea to put extra attention into a dedicated. It should be free from electrical cables, electronics, breakables and chewables. Safety gates are a great way to divide rooms and hazardous areas and can be particularly useful for sectioning off stairways.
Be Conscious of Hot Appliances
It’s important to be particularly aware of appliances that get hot when in use, and children should be supervised if they are running or cooling down. The best idea is to have a storage place that is out of the way from children. Items such as oil heaters can cause burns and even fires if tipped over, so it’s best that they aren’t situated in the same room as your child’s play area.
Check Your Sockets
Electrical sockets can be hazardous if they are not properly maintained. Make sure that all your sockets are in working order, with no loose or exposed parts so you can be sure that your pet can’t get anywhere near the
insides of the socket.
If you have any questions about electrical hazards, or if you’d like ideas to help keep your pets safe please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.