Household accidents are one of the top reasons kids under 3 years land in the E.R. each year. Babies are born with a raw curiosity which is why right from when they start to crawl (about 8 months), keeping them safe becomes a paramount issue for every parent. For the sake of your child’s security, you need to childproof your home. Keep reading and learn how to childproof your home.
Medicine and other potentially household products should be kept under key and lock
In their curiosity, children will ingest anything in sight. You must store all prescriptions and non-prescriptions out of your children’s reach and sight. Even the seemingly harmless items such as mouthwash can have detrimental effects when ingested in large quantities. Store anything that could potentially pose harm to your child in a locked cabinet. Ensure that your cabinets stay under key and lock at all times. If your cabinet doesn’t have a latch, have one installed. Alternatively, ask a locksmith to install some keyless locks. Keep in mind, just because your cabinets are high up doesn’t mean your child can’t get to them. Your child could easily climb on the table, stool, or the countertop just to access the cabinet.
Toilets infinitely amuse toddlers. Kids view them as water play features and so at any given chance, don’t be surprised if you find your toddler in the toilet. Toddlers could easily drown in the toilet and besides, it’s plain gross when your child decides to go right into the toilet. ewwww! To baby-proof your toilet, you could simply keep the bathroom door locked but what if you forget to close the bathroom it? You’ll be lucky if you don’t find the toilet packed with toilet paper and stuffed animals and oops! Even your iPhone could go right into the toilet!. Locking the bathroom door is important since you most likely have other off-the limit stuff in the bathroom such as detergents, but the safest way to childproof your toilet is to ask your locksmith to install a toilet lock.
If your child locks themselves in the house or whichever room of the house, panic ensues and it’s understandable why. Smaller children may not know how to follow instructions on how to unlock the door. To prevent your child from opening doors or getting locked in a room, install safety door knob covers. When purchasing door knob covers, go for polypropylene fiber material since its usually non-toxic, odorless, and non-polluting. Those with strong snaps and double protection also make a great choice since they are harder to remove.
Extra tips to child-proof your home
- Never tell your children that medicine tastes like candy.
- Teach your child about medicine safety.
- Do not put cleaning products in old juice/soda bottles or any containers once used for food.
- Set up rules to not play with the locks.
Complete child-proofing of your house requires you to get to a kids-view by getting down on your hands and knees, then checking around on what could be dangerous. If you haven’t child-proofed all your rooms, always ensure the doors remain shut to limit access.
Remember, whether you have a toddler, a baby, or a school-age child, your home can either be a safe place for them to explore or one full of hazards. If your child accidentally gets locked in the house, call for emergency locksmith service at LocksmithMAN today!