If you have a little tot at home who is very much eager to walk and explore his surrounding, it is time to start childproofing your home. Little kids love to climb chairs, check what is on top of the table or touch almost everything that is beyond reach. Accidents happen even at home and unintentional injury is one of the causes of children’s death all over the world. Prevention is better than cure; try to eliminate the possible causes of these injuries by child proofing your home.
The first stop will be the kitchen; you may want to seek ideas on home help with My Hammer on how to install safety latches on cabinets and drawers. This will keep children from getting hold of potentially poisonous household products. It is also important to keep the kitchen appliances and kitchenware away from the edge of counters and tables.
The next important area to child proof is the bathroom area. It is important to install toilet locks so that the toilet lid is kept closed. Remember that a child can drown even in one inch of water and they can fall into a toilet easily too. If water heater is installed in the bathroom there should be anti-scalding devices on showers and faucets head to prevent possible burns. Set the water heater thermostat at the correct temperature normally at 120 degrees. Water which is at 140 degrees can give a third degree burn to a child in a matter of three seconds.
The entire house should be child proof; so all unused electrical outlets should be covered with safety caps. It is better to install safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs and also in doorways of the rooms. Do not place furniture near the windows because children may climb the windowsills. Check the looped cords of the blinds because it may cause strangulation to kids.
As much as we parents would want to be with our child 24/7; it is quite impossible to do because there are other responsibilities to do. Relying on baby sitter or nanny to take care of the child is not also 100% accident free. Childproofing the house is one way to keep the child safe. It is better to be safe than sorry.