If you have little ones in your house, keeping them safe and happy should be your top priority. This is especially true if you have small children who are only just starting to crawl or walk around your house, as you may not realize just how many small, almost invisible dangers are in your house that your children can be exposed to. With the right amount of attention and care to your home, however, you can keep your house safe and inviting for your children. Here are seven simple adjustments you can make to your house to make it safe for your kids.
- Prepare for Power Outages
Whether from a storm, electrical failure, or other means, you may have to occasionally deal with a power outage. If this happens, keep your kids close by and make sure they are comfortable and aware that the lights and power will come back soon. You could use the traditional methods of keeping your home lit by candles or flashlights, though there are modern solutions as well. For instance, if your home is solar powered, you can use a solar battery to restore your power.
If the power failure is something you will know about ahead of time, such as the result of an upcoming storm, make sure to prepare the house to keep your kids safe and informed.
- Childproof Your Outlets
Cover any unused electrical outlets, especially ones low to the floor, with safety caps. Also, in the bathroom and kitchen, make use of circuit interrupters to shut off electricity to any appliances that fall into water.
- Keep Cords Out of Reach
For electrical outlets that are in use by appliances with cords, keep them out of the reach of children. You can hide the cords or utilize tools to keep the cords in place or make them difficult to unplug. This doesn’t just apply to electrical appliances either, as any object in your house that has cords or strings that could potentially be pulled by a small child should be addressed. Also watch out for cords on older blinds or drapes, as these can be choking hazards. Either keep these cords out of reach or update your windows to have more modern fixtures.
- Childproof Your Cabinets
Use safety locks on cabinets that contain cleaning products that could be harmful to children. Alternatively, keep harmful products in a place that small children will not be able to access.
- Protecting Sharp Edges
If your children are not careful, they could hurt themselves on corners in the house. These types of corners are found in objects like coffee tables, walls, and on the fireplace if your home has one. Add protective padding to any sharp edges or corners in your house. You can also purchase safety bumpers to affix to these corners.
- Eliminate Choking Hazards
Small children sometimes try to eat things that they shouldn’t. Keep any small inedible household objects off the floor and away from toddlers to prevent them from choking.
- Use Parental Controls on the TV and Computer
Keep a close eye on what your children watch on TV or on the internet. There are many channels and websites that may seem child-friendly but could have potentially objectionable content. When you are not able to watch your children’s activities, utilize parental controls on these devices to keep them away from content that you do not want them to see.
To minimize your children coming across dangerous material on the internet, you can also give them a limited amount of time out of each day where they can access the internet. Some parental controls allow you to automatically shut the device off after a certain amount of time has been allotted.
Taking care of little ones is a tough job. With the right attention and care, you can keep your house safe and enjoyable for kids of all ages.
By Mikkie Mills