Andrew Esmonde-White, COO and cofounder of Kluje.com, shares with us ways you can alter common items in your house to protect your toddler.
The first rule of childproofing is to assume your child can get into much more mischief than seems humanly possible. One must look at things from the tot’s point-of-view. This means getting down on your knees or belly for a view. Household injuries are one of the top reasons kids under the age of three years visit the Accidents & Emergency each year, and it’s smart to be prepared for the worst. Here’s how you can easily childproof your home.
- Electrical Outlets
Electricity is extremely dangerous and in the modern home, there are too many outlets for you to leave unprotected. It is very tempting for a toddler to push things into the outlet holes, so plug up all outlets with cheap plastic outlet covers. In addition, unplug all reachable chargers, even when they’re not in use. Babies love to grab chargers and yank. In particular, watch out for power bars and multi plug adapters as they have many outlets. Also, by unplugging, you’ll save electricity, which saves you money!
The most dangerous thing about a cabinet is what’s inside. Cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom may contain dangerous chemicals or choking hazards. Childproofing your cabinets is easy and cheap. Installing safety locks are neither expensive nor difficult. When visiting friends or relatives, you can lock doors using rubber bands, hairbands or rubber bracelets.
- Low Shelves & Coffee Tables
We do not realise sharp corners exist in our lives until they threaten our little ones. Low shelves and tables
represent a twofold risk: sharp corners and heavy items your child could pull onto themselves. First, move all glass, small, and heavy objects off reachable surfaces. Put them in higher spots or pack them away altogether. Then, install corner and edge bumpers on furniture, shelves and other items.
- Choking & Strangulation Hazards
Children can choke on small objects, such as small toys, or they can strangle themselves by becoming tangled in the cords of your curtains or blinds. For those with older children, explain to them the gravity of the situation. Use a twist tie to bundle cords that operate curtains or blinds and keep them out of reach. That way, not only will cords not be tangled up, but they will remain at a safe height.
Most of these safety devices are easy to find and are relatively inexpensive. They should be sturdy enough to hinder access and yet easy for you to use.start them right. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.