The best way is to see your home from the eyes of your kids. It is recommended that you get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. This will enable you to see hazards you might not have recognize. Keeping your home safe for kids at all times is one of your greatest concerns and responsibilities. There is so much to consider and it is very easy to overlook something that might be fairly obvious to some but escape others.
Q. What is the best way to approach to safety for our kids at home?
The best way is to see your home from the eyes of your kids. It is recommended that you get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. This will enable you to see hazards you might not have recognized at your full height. Are electrical outlets in baby’s reach or are there electric cords hanging down that your kids can pull on or get tangled in? Does your furniture have sharp corners? Are there precious items at your baby’s level that should be put up out of reach?
Q. What is the most hazardous situation for my kids?
Any situation that places your kids in harm’s way is the worst situation for your child. The most hazardous situation for your kids is choking or anything that might cause him to stop breathing. The most hazardous situation for you child is one that caused an injury that could have been prevented.
Q. What are some things I need to consider when I am child-proofing our home?
There are many things to consider. Your kids are quick movers so it is never safe to leave him unattended if at all possible. Consider putting up all valuables and breakable items out of reach of your child. Anything that is small enough to fit in his mouth should be removed. If in doubt as to whether any one item is small enough to fit in your child’s mouth and pose a choking hazard take an empty toilet paper roll. If it fits inside the tube, it goes in his mouth and possibly harm him.
Q. Why do I need baby safety gates?
Safety gates can be placed in doorways or at the top and bottom of staircases. The gates can prevent your kids from getting into the kitchen or bathroom. They can also prevent your child from tumbling down the stairs or climbing the stairs and falling. The mesh or the holes in the gate should not be large enough for your child to put his toes through to climb the gate. Gates now are being made to operate hands-free or one handed. There are gates being made with the bars going vertical instead of horizontal reducing the chances of your child being able to climb the gate.
Q. What are electric outlet covers or locks?
Electric outlet covers look like plastic plugs when they are inserted and prevent your kids from sticking his fingers or something else in the outlet and getting a serious shock. Electric outlet lock plates can replace typical outlets and in order to insert anything into the outlet the plug has to be inserted and turned.
Q. It was suggested to me that I have motion alarms on our doors and windows, why would I need them?
Some kids are very active and able to do things you would be very surprise about. Children have been known to open windows and fall through screens and become seriously injured. There are many news stories where toddlers have gotten up in the night and unknown to their parents open the door and go outside. Some are found wandering around and others are not so lucky. Some windows now come with a mechanism to prevent the window from being opened more than an inch or two. The alarms will alert you to the door opening and you can intervene before something tragic happens.
Q. What kind of child-proofing products are available?
There all kinds of child products available and most are reasonably priced. There are motion sensors, corner cushions for sharp corners on furniture. There are electric outlet covers, cabinet and drawer locks of different types and cord protectors for window blinds.
Q. Is there anything available to protect my child from getting in between banister posts?
There is netting available that can be attached with screws that will prevent your kids from getting between the banister posts. This product is similar to the deck netting available for outdoor decks.
Q. Are there child proofing checklists available?
Yes, there are baby-proofing checklists available. You can locate them online and they are printable. Specialty stores, hospitals, and pediatricians are all possible sources for such checklists.
Q. How can I child proof my nursery?
You can child proof your nursery by keeping your baby’s crib away from windows and blinds cords. Put outlet protectors on all outlets. Make certain to dress your baby in sleepers rather than using blankets. When your baby begins sitting up place the mattress in the lowest position. Do not put stuffed animals or pillows in the crib with your little one, they could nestle up to them and suffocate.
Q. How can I child proof my kitchen?
Put all cleaners or chemicals up out of reach of your child. Make sure all drawers and cabinet doors. While cooking put all pot handles toward the rear of the stove. Do not allow electric cords to hang over counters where your child can pull on them. Better still, if possible unless you are feeding your baby keep him out of the kitchen.
Q. How can I child proof my car?
You can child proof your car by making sure the car seat your kids will ride in is installed correctly and that it is the correct one for your child. Remove all loose items that could become missiles in a crash or quick stop, and place them in the trunk. Follow these simple step to keep your children safe from harm.