Tips and Tricks on Childproofing
The best approach to Childproofing is to think in terms of your child’s point of view. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the floor of your home. You will get a child’s view of what is easy to access. Children are naturally curious that is how they learn about the world around them. Here are a few steps on how to protect your child.
Keep dangerous chemicals out of children’s reach. Put stickers with the poison control # on all phones. If you think your child has ingested a poison or too much medication call poison control immediately not the pediatrician!
Use safety gates at the top and bottom of all stairs. Gates at the top of the stairs should be bolted to the wall or railing.
Install child-resistant covers on all electrical outlets to prevent risk of electric shock.
Remember to tie up your blind cords and safety-proof windows. You can cut blind cords so children can’t get entangled.
Place furniture well away from windows. Also make sure any furniture is as secure to the wall as possible.
Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplace-hearth edges.
Install carbon-monoxide (CO) alarms and smoke alarms outside bedrooms and on every level of your home. If your smoke alarms are not hard wired remember to change the batteries regularly.
Remove the plastic end caps on doorstops or replace them with a one-piece design to prevent choking.
If you have firearms keep them safely locked away.
Avoid household water hazards. Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub not even for one minute.
Learn first aid and CPR.
Childproofing is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your child! Providing your child with a safe home environment also enables your child to explore without constantly having to be told no!
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