Brennan Homes Blog

Posted on March 25, 2020

Tips for Childproofing your Home

Categories: Tips, Organization

A baby brings a sweet, new beginning to your life and home. Before you know it, that adorable newborn will be a toddler and actively exploring fresh new play spaces. Below are some suggestions to add safety features room by room to keep your little one safe.


Nursery/Bedroom

1. Choose a crib that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.

2. Remove mobiles and hanging toys from a crib.

3. Do not add unnecessary blankets, bumpers or stuffed animals in a crib.

4. Fasten bookcases and dressers to the wall to prevent injury from tipping over.


Kitchen

1. Keep cleaning supplies out of reach, locked away with a childproof lock or placed in a high cabinet.

2. Cook on back burners whenever possible and keep pan and pot handles turned toward the back of the stove.

3. Secure any drawers containing knives and sharp utensils.

4. Don’t use refrigerator magnets until kids are old enough to know not to place them in their mouths.

5. Lock up the liquor. Alcoholic beverages can be toxic if ingested by a small child.


Bath

1. Always test bathwater before plunking your child in the tub.

2. Never leave a baby unattended in a bathtub, even if he is in a ring or bath seat.

3. Install a safety latch on your toilet lid.

4. Keep medicines, vitamins, cleaning items and cosmetics stored out of reach and locked away.


Laundry room

1. Colorful detergent pods, in particular, can be quite appealing, but toxic, to children. Don’t ever allow them to handle or play with the packets.

2. Stash your detergent where children can’t access it.


All rooms

1. Keep an eye out for choking hazards. Look for coins, paper clips or other small objects that might be lurking under furniture. If you have older children, make sure toys with tiny parts that can come loose aren’t within baby’s reach.

2. Use baby gates. Prevent access to areas that could contain potential hazards. At the top of stairs, gates that screw to the walls are more secure than pressure gates.

3. Cover all electrical outlets. Sliding covers are best, as the push-in ones can be pulled out.


Always Be vigilant. The best prevention is always having a watchful eye on your little ones.


Looking for a new home that will grow with your family? One of our New Home Specialists would be happy to help.


~the Brennan's

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