Whether you are moving to a new home, expecting a child or simply want to make your home safe for visiting children, making your home childproof can seem like a daunting task. There are so many things that are easy to overlook when making safety considerations for children. Some safety hazards are obvious and easy to fix, but others could be less noticeable.
The Kitchen. The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children. Make sure that sharp kitchen utensils are in a drawer with a childproof latch. Make sure chairs and stepstools are always positioned away from the stove and always turn pot handles inward or place them on back burners so children cannot reach them. Unplug appliances that are not in use and be sure to store glass objects and appliances with sharp blades out of reach. Keep vitamin and medicine bottles sealed tightly and keep them in a high cabinet that children cannot reach. Be sure that your child's highchair has a safety belt with a strap between the legs.
The Bathroom. Be sure that razors, blades, clippers and other sharp tools are stored in a locked cabinet. Be sure that toilets are always left closed and that you have nonslip pads on rugs and on the bottoms of bathtubs. Be sure to unplug all curling irons, hair dryers and electric razors when they are not in use and keep all medications, cleaners and cosmetics stored in a locked cabinet. Also check the thermostat on the water heater and make sure it is set below 120 degrees.
General Home Safety Tips. Remove any nails sticking out of walls and be sure that all mirrors and frames are secure. Make sure the walls are in good condition and that there is no peeling or crackling paint. Place doorknob covers on doors to keep children from leaving the house without you noticing. Keep blind cords tied with clothespins or specialty cord clips. Be sure that none of the baby equipment has been recalled -- especially hand-me-downs. Keep beds and cribs away from windows and be sure railings and banisters in the home are secure. Use hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway.