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Sep 01 2017

Childproofing Your New Home

Do you have little ones in your family? If you do and you’re moving to a new house, there are certain things you need to do to childproof the home so they can stay safe. Unintentional injury is one of the top killers of children in the United States, but prevention can eliminate almost all of these injuries. Take the following steps to keep your family safe at home:

The Kitchen

  • Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to keep children away from household cleaning products. If there is anything poisonous, place it out of reach and lock it up.
  • Store your household products and medicine away from food and beverages.
  • Use stove’s back burners and turn handles away from children’s reach.
  • Keep your kitchenware and appliances out of reach.
  • Put visual reminders on poisonous items.
  • If you need to answer the door or phone while using open products, take them with you.

The Bathroom

  • Place safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep children away from potentially poisonous products.
  • Store medicines and other products in original containers.
  • Use toilet locks to keep lids closed, as children are more top-heavy and can fall in easily.
  • Install anti-scalding devices on faucets and shower heads to prevent burns and set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. Children can sustain a third-degree burn from water at 140 degrees.
  • Unplug hair dryers and electric rollers after use to prevent electrocution and burns.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet protectors and safety caps. You should also make sure that outlets near water sources are updated with fault circuit interrupters to turn off electricity if appliances fall into water.

Around the House

  • Place safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs in the doorways of hazardous rooms.
  • Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards, such as swimming pools.
  • Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items.
  • Place furniture away from high windows so children don’t climb onto windowsills.
  • Make sure window blinds don’t have lopped cords, as these can be strangulation hazards.
  • Remove free-falling lids from toy chests.
  • Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving and heavy furniture to the walls with brackets and anchors.

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