Whether you already have kids at home or are expecting, you need to make sure your home is safe. There are dangers in our homes in the most unexpected places. Here is a guide to make sure you focus on all the right areas in your home.
Home Safety Guide:
Get on Your Child’s Level
This may sound a little crazy, but get down on your hands and knees. This is the best way for you to see what your little one sees. Do you notice any sharp corners? Any electrical outlets? Take note of all the dangers at their level. Here are some places to focus on:
- Blind cords
Once you have compiled a list, it is time to head to the store. There will be lots of small items, so try to get them all in one trip. From baby gates to outlet covers to safety locks, make sure you have all the proofing products you need to make your home safe. Take notice of any trip or fall hazards throughout the home so you can secure loose rugs and remove obstacles.
What about the things that may poison your children? Make sure any cleaning products and medications are properly put away on a high shelf or in a locked cabinet. Make sure older children know how to call the Poison Control hotline in case of an emergency.
Check your smoke detectors regularly. Create an emergency fire plan and practice it with your children who are old enough. Early warning signs and evacuation plans are important. Make sure your children know where to meet outside the house in case of fire. The mailbox is a great visible location.
Make sure you never leave your kitchen unattended when your stove is on. Be attentive to the position of your pot handles and point them toward the back of the stove. Don’t place hot beverages on slippery surfaces or table cloths that can be easily pulled off the table
Never leave your child unattended in the tub. If you have a pool, make sure it is secured by a gate with a lock. Make sure toddlers do not have access to any source of water such as buckets or toilets – drownings can happen in as little as two inches of water.
These are some of the basic things you should focus on when creating a safe home. These practices are not something to focus on from time to time or once a year. Create a monthly schedule to check on the safety of your home. Similar to creating healthy eating habits, practice and consistency are the keys to success.