While home is often the safest place to be, your house could pose unseen threats to your child’s safety. Here are some of the ways you can maintain child safety standards and prevent serious accidents before they occur.
General Safety Tips
It’s essential that everything that could be potentially harmful is locked away for your child’s safety. Childproof latches are easily available to keep little hands away from dangerous tools, sharp edges, and appliances. Outlets will need fault circuit interrupters, which protect against electrocution when something electrical gets wet. Installing non-slip strips in bathtubs, showers, and underneath rugs is also a way to keep little ones from slipping unintentionally. If you are unsure if your home is hiding hard-to-spot dangers, feel free to contact National Property Inspections. Our inspectors have the expertise and experience you need to make an informed decision for the safety of your home.
In the Bedroom
If not prepared properly,cribs can pose some of the most serious safety risks for your child. Cribs that were built before 2012, for example, have been found to be life threatening because of their drop-side feature. If you want to re-use your childhood crib for traditions’ sake, you can modify it by permanently attaching the drop side to its end posts. This will eliminate any risk of the side suddenly dropping out of place and putting your child in danger. Once your child is able to push up in its crib, remove all bumpers, pillows, toys, and hanging objects for your child’s safety, as these can serve as tools to assist in an infant’s escape and a fall from their crib.
In the Bathroom
Be sure to turn the water heater below 120 Degrees so it’s impossible for bath water to get too hot. Scalding water can cause third degree burns in seconds on delicate skin. You’ll also want to lock all potentially dangerous instruments like razor blades, nail scissors, hair dryers, curling irons, and electric razors in a cabinet that is not easily accessed by children. Medications, cosmetics, cleaning solutions, mouthwash, perfumes, hair dyes, hair sprays, nail polishes, and removers should be stored in a locked cabinet with child-proof caps on them (when possible) as an extra precaution. Always close the toilet seat and consider installing a toilet-lid lock to keep things secure when not in use.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen can be a fantastic place for families to bond over cookie making and long talks, but to keep little ones safe, you’ll need to follow these tips:
– Turn any pot handles towards the back of the stove, using only the back burners whenever possible. Sometimes merely keeping things out of reach can go a long way.
– Position any chairs and step stools away from the stove top to prevent any curious diners from trying to sample anything above a hot burner.
– Be sure to place the garbage can behind a cabinet with a childproof lock on it and keep all corded appliances unplugged when not in use.
– Although sandwich bags are a commonly used kitchen accessory, be sure to keep these away from curious hands as well because of the dangers plastic can pose to child safety.
– Finally, does your child’s highchair have a safety belt or strap that goes between the legs? This prevents wobbly babies from taking an unwanted tumble.
If you are at all worried about the safety of your home, call National Property Inspections at 1-800-333-9807 to find a team near you. They can help with any questions as to the functionality of appliances, check for safety, and give you the peace of mind to bring baby home.
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