Keeping your children safe is probably your number one priority, but it can be difficult to keep up with every small spot in your home that can lead your child to trouble. Toddlers who are learning to walk and small children who don’t understand how to be cautious yet are most at risk for finding danger in the home without you realizing it. It’s crucial to stay on top of these childproofing steps to protect your children from accidents and injury.
In The Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most dangerous spots in the house for children, which is unfortunate as it’s also one of the most useful spots for getting important things done. If your children frequently following you into the kitchen:
- Cook at the back of the stove on the hobs that are furthest from you to prevent your kids from reaching up and getting burned.
- Keep the handles of your pots and pans turned toward the wall so they can’t be grabbed.
- Store all knives, sharp objects, matches and other dangerous items in a safety-locked drawer that they cannot reach.
- Keep your child away from the area if you’re cooking food that may spatter or boil over.
- Teach your children not to touch anything in the kitchen that isn’t their own.
- Keep hot food and dishes out of reach in the middle of the table or counter.
- Child-lock cupboards that contain cleaning products and other dangerous chemicals.
In The Bathroom
- Keep the boiler temperature turned down to a lower heat so that the water can’t reach boiling hot temperatures.
- Test bath or shower temperatures before placing your children into the tub or shower.
- Never leave your child unattended in the bath- they can easily drown or turn on the hot water.
- Keep medicines far out of reach in a child-locked cabinet.
- Keep floors dry to prevent slipping once your child is able to walk.
In The Living Room
- Once your child becomes mobile enough, they will inevitably start to climb up couches and take risks. Don’t leave your child alone in the room and consider padding the area around the couch with soft carpeting or pillows to prevent injury.
- Use safety plugs to cover any open electrical sockets, and keep the sockets that aren’t in use switched off at all times.
- Avoid leaving anything lying around that could potentially be choked on- this includes small toys that older children might be playing with.
Just In Case
Accidents can happen even in the most careful families, so it’s always good to be prepared in case your child swallows a poisonous substance or injures himself. Keep a bottle of ipecac syrup in your locked cabinet at all times in case of poisoning, and have a poison control number on your fridge ready to be called in an emergency. Keep other emergency numbers in a visible place, and teach your children to dial 911 if anything happens