How to Keep Your Home Safe for Your Kids
June 24, 2019 | by Kevin Gardner
Your home is a safe haven for your family, or at least it should be. While you may think that your home is a perfectly safe place for your kids, there are many different things that you can do to make and keep your home safe through all of your kids' ages and stages. When you learn about the different types of ways that you can make your home safe, it will be easy for you to take action to make the changes that will keep your home safe.
Protect your electrical outlets
Your little ones will want to get into just about everything that is in your house. This includes but is not limited to sticking utensils right into dangerous electrical outlets. A very inexpensive change that is going to make your home much safer is putting protective covers over your electrical outlets.
Use organic cleaners
While you may not think it is a very big deal, there are dangers lurking in your cleaning cabinet. Many of the household cleaners that you use for daily chores can be very dangerous for your kids. There are many alternatives that will get the job done while helping you to make your home much safer for your kids. There are many online stores or options in local retailers that will help you to find safe, organic alternatives that will provide you with the peace of mind that you will need in order to know that even if your little ones get into your cleaners, they will not be harmed.
Childproof your cabinets
There are a series of different locks and safety devices that can keep your cabinets childproof. It is very important to keep dangerous materials, like medications, away from younger children who will not know how dangerous the contents of these cabinets may be. These simple cabinet safety procedures that you can easily install will give you the ability to keep your children from getting into dangerous medications. As the kids get older, it's imperative to have the conversations about never sharing medications with others and the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The habit might be to hold on to unfinished meds, but it's important to properly dispose of any unused medicines.
Additionally, while thinking cabinets, you'll want to take the extra step of securing/anchoring shelves, dressers, and other units to the wall. Same for televisions. The last thing you want is for your curious, climbing little to pull heavy furniture on top of themselves.
Install a security system
A strong home security system is a great way to keep your home safe for your kids. Finding the right security system is a process that doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think. There are professionals who will be able to come to your home and determine what type of security system is going to be the most effective for the size and layout of your home. Choosing the right security system is an important task in order to ensure that your home is as safe as possible for your kids and family.
Label your storage and set boundaries for your kids
As your kids get older, you will need to teach them about the different things that are in your home. For example, if you have a cabinet that has your sharp kitchen knives, you can label your knife drawer and teach your kids to stay out of the knife drawer. By simply adding these labels, it will be easy for your kids to know which places in your home are off limits. With a sharpie and some packing tape, you can get going with your labeling project.
Use gates to protect from falls down stairs
One of the easiest ways for your children to get injured is by falling down the stairs. This is especially true for the smaller children in your home. You can buy a gate that can easily be installed in a few short moments. This is a very quick and effective way to keep your home safe for your kids.
It is important that you keep your home safe for your kids as they are learning and growing. Home accidents, break-ins, and other incidents can all be greatly diminished as long as you spend some time doing simple planning. Before you know it, your home will be safer than it ever has been before without even having to invest very much time or money.
Kevin Gardner graduated with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from UCLA. He works as a business consultant for InnovateBTS. As busy as he is with his career, Kevin has made his family a priority and has found creative ways to give them the time they deserve. Whenever possible, he writes about his experiences and shares them to help others.
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