If you have a young child in your home, you know that they are often very curious and very quick on their feet. Whether you have children or are expecting your first child, baby-proofing your home is an important step you need to take to ensure you’re child’s safety at home. If you don’t know where to begin, check out this list of 8 steps you should take to making your home as safe as possible for your child:
Start With the Obvious – The best place to start is with the obvious offenders. Check for anything that immediately poses as a threat. Start by gating your staircase, covering up power outlets, and padding any sharp corners that may be in your home.
Check for Choking Hazards – Choking hazards are a real problem and can put a child in danger in no time. To see if an item is a choking hazard, take the item and see if you can pass it through a toilet paper tube. If the item can fit or be pushed through the tube, then you have a choking hazard on your hands, meaning that it is small enough to fit into the mouth, ears, or nose of a child.
Lock Cabinets Simply – You don’t need to grab fancy cabinet locks to get the job done. Try securing side-by-side kitchen or bathroom cabinet doors with rubber-coated wire gear ties. You can find these at your local hardware store. In a pinch, elastic hair bands work wonders as well.
Get on the Level – If you’re not sure which objects would get your crawler’s or walker’s attention, spend a few minutes at their eye level and investigate your surroundings. Take note of anything that could be within arm’s reach. If there are any items that are breakable or dangerous, relocate them to a higher location far away from a child’s curious grasp.
Keep One Cabinet Drawer Kid-Friendly – Consider keeping one of your bottom level drawers in the kitchen open for your child. You can keep pots, pans, wooden spoons, and plastic measuring cups that you don’t mind getting clanged or dirty in that cabinet. This will make cooking dinner a simpler task since you can watch your child and he or she will be less distracted with fun “toys” to play with!
Consider Furniture Layout – Look at how you have your furniture positioned in your living room, family room, or other room where you and your family spend time in. Are the couches and chairs away from windows or are up against walls? Small kids can be prone to climbing, which can pose as a threat if the furniture isn’t placed properly.
Turn It Off and Keep It Away – You’ll definitely want to keep cleaning supplies and other household products away from your little ones. Make sure to keep these items away from the reach of children in a safe, secure location that only you can reach. Additionally, if these products have an “off” button on their nozzles, remember to always switch the nozzle to “off” whenever you aren’t using them.
Educate Them About Potential Hazards – Whenever your children are old enough to understand, teach them about the possible hazards that could be lurking at home. You can show them how to handle a certain scenario or object safely. This can make the transition from baby-proofing your home in the future much easier as you teach them boundaries and rules.
Now that your home is safe for your kids to run around and have fun in, make sure that your home is protected by calling your friendly agent at Madison Mutual Insurance Company! Call us today at 1-800-766-MMIC to talk about home insurance policies or to get your policies up-to-date.