Tips for Childproofing Your Home and How a Handyman Can Help
You have a brand new baby, and it will only be a few months before your home becomes that baby’s playground. Now’s the time to start childproofing your home so your little one will remain safe while learning and exploring the world. Childproofing a home requires common sense and a bit of work. Here are some tips for getting your home ready:
- Keep all poisons and poisonous substances in a locked, secured cabinet. Ideally, this cabinet will be in a room that the child can’t access.
- Turn the temperature on the water heater down to 120 degrees. Anything higher increases the chances of scalding.
- Install sleeves on all door knobs to prevent a toddler from heading outdoors or accessing dangerous areas of the home.
- Make sure you have a fire alarm installed on each floor of your home and near bedrooms. Hardwired, interconnected alarms are best.
- Cover all unused outlets with plastic plugs to prevent accidental shock.
- Secure cabinets and drawers with childproof latches. This prevents the toddler from getting into dangerous or fragile items.
- Install baby gates at the top and bottom of all staircases. Also install them in open doorways that you want to keep the child from entering.
- Secure or eliminate loose rugs or electrical cords.
- Place prized possessions in places toddlers can’t access.
- Enclose open deck railings.
- Add fencing around swimming pools. It should be a minimum of 4-feet high, but 5-feet is optimal.
- Block off pet doors to prevent your toddler from going through.