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Some helpful Tips to Child-Proof Your Home

By Douglas Carroll Subscribe to RSS | June 2nd 2012 | Views:

The objects in your home present exploration opportunities to little ones though some are safe and some are hazardous. The steps below should help you to baby proof and childproof your home. This will help keep your young ones safe as they learn and grow.

# You need to explore the entire house before you commence on the childproofing process. This exploration should be based on your child's perspective means view your house as your child does. Ensure that you place all dangerous and fragile materials out of the reach of the child.

# Consider buying childproofing items for your home. There are many of them thus you will need to make a choice based on what you actually need. In this case, consider buying some of these:.

1. Doorknob covers need proper harmonization to open doors that little hands cannot. Ensure you station these covers on doors whose rooms you have not yet baby proofed as well as exterior doors.

2. Gates block stairs and rooms. To ensure that the gates covering the stairs properly stay in place, make sure they are screwed to the walls apart from being held by pressure.

3. Do not use plastic inserts that are chocking hazards to a child and easy to move. Rather keep little fingers out of electrical sockets with these power outlet plates with sliding covers.

4. Cabinet locks will help keep children out of the reach of cabinets, which contain silverware, dishes and cleaning agents.

5. Appliance latches are important gadgets that will help prevent them from opening dishwasher, ovens and refrigerators.

6. Children will always run in the room even when you warn them. Therefore, ensure you cover these two areas with rubber bumpers to avoid injuries from accruing.

7. Toilet locks are great and essential devices as they help prevent an exploring child from falling in toilet water.

# Keep cords out of reach. Shorten cords if you have them close to the cribs and other furniture so that your children do not reach them.

# Keep pans and pots out of reach. Turn pot handles in and use back burners so that kids do not reach them.

# If you have medicine bottles and cleaning products, keep them out of their reach. Another thing you need to do is to clean products that contain dangerous chemicals.

# Ensure that your water heater reflects a reading of less than 1200 F. Reducing the temperature of water helps preventing the risk of scalding. Test the heat content of the water with your wrist before washing the child.

# Secure top-heavy furniture by bolting them to the wall, rearrange them to put the weight at the bottom or get rid of the furniture altogether if it can't be made more secure as stubborn kids may climb up to reach them.

# Do not keep aloe plants, poinsettias or other poisonous greenery, as children will put them on their mouths.

# To avoid floor lamps from being knocked over, move them behind larger pieces of furniture.

# Since your baby makes use of the floor most of the time, you need to keep an eye on the floor. Clean it regularly to remove any harmful objects.

Review your childproofing techniques every month to make sure they are effective.

Douglas Carroll - About Author:
Douglas Carroll is passionate writer who loves to write home construction and home related tips. He would like to invite you to find out more guides about new homes Charleston SC and Raleigh home builder at

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