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Childproofing Your Kitchen and Bathroom


The kitchen and the bathroom are undeniably the most dangerous places in a house. For this reason alone, it is important for all homeowners to employ childproofing strategies in their houses for children’s protection and safety. Inasmuch as childproofing may mean more expenses and more resources like time and effort to be dispensed, it is way better than your children suffering from untoward accidents or minor injuries.

Thankfully, there are several tips that you may keep in mind the next time you check your kitchen and bathroom or the next time you purchase a new house. These safety measures should be employed because kids are naturally curious and adventurous.

The kitchen is a place for bonding moments with your child. This is where you may let your kid join you while you’re cooking or preparing your dinner. This may also be the place for your precious one to study the lessons at school while you go about doing your work in the kitchen.

It is very important to store all your knives and other pointed or sharp tools where it cannot be reached by children. Even forks can be counted as pointed objects. Similarly, make sure that matches or other ignition devices are kept out of reach. These are clear threats to your child’s safety so make sure that you secure all the locks of the cabinets or at the very least, make sure that these things are placed in a secured location in the kitchen.

Another measure that you should undertake is to take advantage of safety features endorsed by manufacturers as regards the use of their appliances. For instance, an oven does have a lid that can be closed from time to time. There are installation covers to make sure that outlets can also be covered. Electrical cords can also be secured using its fasteners. Additionally, make sure that the switch-on buttons for devices or any other appliance should not be easily explored by children.

As regards the bathroom since it will be wet or damp, make sure to use non-skid mats or any other adhesive strips placed in the tub or shower to prevent slipping. If this is not possible, rougher tiles prove better in preventing slips as compared to the smoother ones. Older children may be left alone but as for the younger ones, be wary that they can drown even in two inches of water. Also, maintain a proper storage, preferably in cabinets with secured locks for electrical devices like flat irons and hair dryers. This also applies to medicines, hair dyes, cleansers and other toxic solutions. As for electrical outlets, it is a wise idea to safeguard your children from electric shock or burns by using ground-fault circuit breakers.

Finally, as parents and with the help of the older siblings, it is best to supervise children all the time. Establishing house rules and explaining the importance of these rules to children may not exactly dissuade them from being curious but will be handy in preventing accidents.

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Child Proofing Your Home: House Hold Safety Checklist


As your baby grows into adorable kids they learn to explore their world even more. With their development in physical and cognitive abilities they grow curious by every minute. Toddlers will crawl under the tables and chairs while others will attempt to climb stairs and tables to reach for anything that their eyes lay upon.  As parents you are responsible to keep an eye on them all the time but even the most watchful guardians and parents cannot maintain a 24 hours round the clock surveillance of what their kids do. A solution for parents will be to childproof their home to prevent untoward accidents that could happen to their growing child. Parental supervision is still the number one priority but it wouldn’t hurt if you will not take any chances by converting your homes into a safe environment for your children.

Since most of a child’s time is spent at home, safety should be initiated at home where a child spends a whole day playing and exploring. Let’s start childproofing in different areas of your home.

Living room

  • Keep plants away from reach of children because some plants may be harmful for a child as some are poisonous in nature.
  • Make sure cabinets and tables that hold TV and other electronics will not tip over. They should be securely placed in corners to avoid knocking them down.
  • Avoid use of extension cords where children might trip over
  • Make use of plug protectors of electrical sockets
  • Place shields on tables’ sharp corners and edges
  • Keep curtains and blinds out of reach for small children
  • Rugs should be placed securely to prevent falls and slips
  • Figurines and other glass displays and decorations should be placed high on shelves out of reach of children.

Bathroom

  • Keeps rug securely in place to prevent falls and slips
  • Keep bathroom cleaners in high cabinets or place a lock to avoid access to these harmful substances that can poison your children
  • Put non-skid mats on bathroom floors to avoid slips
  • Make use of plug protectors of electrical sockets
  • Use safety latches on cabinets to prevent access to contents like toiletries, shampoos and cleaners that are potentially harmful to kids
  • Store electrical items high on the cabinet and keep them out of reach of children
  • Do not leave appliances unplugged
  • Do not leave your child alone on the bath tub he might fall asleep and drown
  • Toilet lids should be maintained closed.

Kitchen

  • Keep knives and other sharp objects away from children’s reach.
  • Keep medications and vitamins on high shelves
  • Install a stove and oven guard to prevent your children touching hot surfaces that can burn their skin
  • Use safety latches on cabinets to prevent access to contents like cleaners that are potentially harmful to kids
  • If a high chair is used in the home make sure that it is sturdy and secure

By ensuring safety in your homes you will gain peace of mind that your children can play safe and continue to explore around as part of their continued growth and development.

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