Moving into a new home is stressful even when there are no children to worry about. But if you have a toddler, there is even more to worry about. The inside of your home needs to be made safe for your kids and there are a lot of things they could get hurt on. Keep reading for tips on making your new Denver home child safe.
From the vantage point of an adult, no room in your house will look as dangerous as it does from a toddler's view. If you really want to child proof your home, you will need to get down on your hands and knees for a better view. Look at every last piece of furniture, every cabinet, and every appliance. Suddenly, the world doesn't look so safe. Use padding to cover hard corners, and tie your electrical cords up with zip ties to prevent tripping.
This is a room that will require a great deal of attention if you're serious about creating a safe environment for your child. Kitchens are filled with dangerous appliances and sharp knives.
Child locks are the key to keeping your child safe in the kitchen. You will find locks appropriate for cabinet doors, drawers, refrigerators, and ovens. Most are easy to install and can be done yourself for just a few dollars.
You should also commit yourself to moving dangerous items like cleaning supplies to a safe location. Moving the drain cleaner from beneath your sink to a utility or laundry room will make sure your toddler doesn’t have access to any potentially poisonous chemicals.
Follow the same guidelines for cleaners and chemicals here as you followed in the kitchen. The remaining problem in the bathroom is water. Your bathroom has sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers. All of these can represent safety hazards for your child.
Toilets are extremely dangerous so you should always keep the toilet lid down. Standing water presents a drowning risk for any child. Keep the bathroom door shut and install doorknob covers to prevent your toddler from entering unattended.
Bathroom floors can be very slick when they get wet, and toddlers fall frequently even without the added danger of slick surfaces. Always make sure the bathroom floor is dry before allowing your child inside. You should also put down appropriate bathroom rugs with rubber bottoms. They make the floor softer in the event of a fall and help to prevent slipping.
Electrical outlets are very dangerous for toddlers, but fortunately, they are easy to child proof. Plastic outlet covers are nearly impossible for little fingers to pry loose. Don’t assume there are outlets your child can’t reach. Install the plastic outlet covers even behind couches, bookcases, and even above the counter.
To prevent any outside security risks, get a security system. This can provide additional peace of mind that your kids will be safe from any outside harm. If you get a more advanced system like ADT Pulse you can watch your kids from anywhere with an internet connection and be alerted if any doors are opened in your home.
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