One of the most common concerns for parents with young children is the safety of their kids. The first step towards alleviating some of this stress is doing whatever you can to childproof your home. Keeping basic safety items on-hand and making minor modifications to certain areas of the home can be a great way to make your house safer for the entire family. For starters, always keep a first aid kit in the house and make sure it contains bandages, gauze, cotton swabs, antiseptic wipes, a bottle of healing ointment and other items that you feel are appropriate. In addition to your first aid kit, we suggest keeping the following home safety devices in your home:
Fire & Chemical Safety Items
- Install smoke detectors throughout your home (at least one on every level) and regularly check them to confirm they are still working.
- Try to find smoke detectors with long-life batteries; otherwise set an annual reminder to change the batteries.
- Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage and basement and make sure you know how to use them effectively.
- Make sure the house has functioning carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and change their batteries annually.
- Cover a fireplace with stone to keep kids away at all times.
Electrical Safety Items
- Use childproof outlet covers in all unused electrical outlets to keep kids from sticking their fingers (or other objects) into the holes. Also try blocking unused outlets with furniture.
- When not in use, outlet covers should be stored away from kids to prevent a potential choking hazard.
- Use a power strip cover to keep kids away from any surge protectors.
- Keep electrical cords out of reach by wrapping them up in a cord shortener.
Kitchen Safety Items
- Installing an oven lock and stove knob cover is highly recommended to maintain kitchen safety. We also suggest using the back burners whenever possible to keep heat as far as possible from a child’s reach.
- Consider adding an anti-scald device to the kitchen faucet to keep the water temperature low enough to prevent potential burns while keeping the water heater high enough to prevent bacteria. We recommend setting it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Kitchen trash containers should have a child-resistant cover to keep kids away from dangerous discarded items like spoiled food, batteries, etc.
- Move cleaning products like bleach and detergents to high shelves and install drawer locks to keep kids out.
- Make sure to move tables with sharp corners or wrought iron away from where they may hurt a child. You can also use corner guards to protect kids from sharp edges.
When it comes to creating a safe, childproof home, there is a lot to know. That’s why we’re happy to provide our recommendations whenever we can. For more home safety tips for kids, contact Children’s Wellness Center today. You can also visit our website patient portal under “Patient Info” for more helpful info and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news, updates and details on all of our upcoming meet and greet events.