Whether you’re expecting your first child, that child is first becoming mobile, or you’re expecting a young guest, it’s important that you make sure your home is safe. Little hands can get into everything, and children lack the knowledge and impulse control to protect themselves from danger. They also are apt to destroy your precious and fragile items by accidentally breaking them. Keep these facts in mind when you are childproofing your home. Look at your space through the eyes of a child and hide away anything can could injure them or that you want to keep safe.
First, remove all of the small, expensive, or easily breakable items from the level that a child can reach. You can move these items up higher, or you can lock them away for greater security. Remember that children will be especially attracted to small things, sparkly things, and things with tiny, movable parts. That means that if you’ve got a collection of intricately posed vintage action figures that you don’t want kids playing with, you’d better work hard to put them away.
Next, take care of general safety items. That means making sure you have working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher available for emergency use. If you’re on the second floor or higher, consider purchasing a fire escape ladder from a reputable company like the ResQLadder from Bold Industries. You may not need it, but if there’s a fire in your home you’ll be very glad you have it. Similarly, make sure you have emergency contact and poison hotline numbers available at all times.
Finally, install any extra hardware to protect little hands and people from dangers that are unique to children. You can get covers for all your sockets to keep little hands from electrocution. Also, think about putting locks on all of your bathroom or kitchen cabinets, especially for any cabinet that holds poisonous or dangerous materials like cleaning supplies, detergents, or solvents. Make sure that stairs are clear and easy to walk down, and use baby gates to section off areas of the house that you don’t want children to get into.
Take these steps now to prevent tragedy in your home. It’s nice to have children visit, as long as you are properly prepared. Check for dangers, hide your precious and fragile items, and your littlest guests will thank you.