Every stage of childhood comes with new challenges and struggles for parents. These challenges are definitely worth it but being prepared as a mom or dad is often difficult when things keep changing so rapidly.
For young kids who are beginning to crawl, walk and run around the house, the transition can be a difficult one for many. Items get knocked over, carpets get destroyed, and all sorts of havoc is constantly happening throughout the home.
While this can be frustrating to say the least, it pales in comparison to the potential risks that toddlers and young children face from everyday objects in and around the home. Most parents understand the need to lock cabinets and keep potentially toxic items out of reach, but there are many other threats as well.
Today, let’s look at some necessary aspects of child-proofing the home that you might not have considered.
Securing the Windows
Many parents rightfully worry about their young children wandering out of the house through an open or unlocked door. But what all too many forget about is the equally dangerous situation that windows can present.
Besides the fact that they are giant panes of glass, windows that are not secured can pose a variety of risks. First of all, there’s the risk of a child opening them and falling out. Next, there’s a risk that an unsecured window that opens inward (for cleaning and such) could fall inward and injure a child.
But there are other risk factors as well. Corded blinds are one such example: when not properly secured, a curtain rod could come loose, or a child could be caught in them, presenting a potential choking hazard. As such, purchasing ready-made or made to measure curtains that eliminate the risk of choking and/or injury is essential. A good idea would be to look online for ideas for replacing blinds with curtains, for example these grey curtains which come ready made. Grey curtains can also be in keeping with an office feel if the blinds you want to replace are in your at-home study.
Evaluating the Bathroom
Another potentially dangerous area in the home is the bathroom. While it is commonly known that securing lower cabinets in the kitchen is a must-do, the same is true in the bathroom. Not only may there be poisonous items under the kitchen sink, but there is danger in the form of sharp edges inside the cabinets.
Another danger area is the toilet. The toilet lid should be secured with a toilet lock to prevent potential drowning by curious young toddlers who might wander into the bathroom. Perhaps a better solution for those who are not yet toilet-trained is a lock on the bathroom itself, preventing your child from entering it in the first place.
Of course, there are many other risks in the bathroom as well. Items such as razors, soap and medicine should be kept well above the reach of young children, and counters/surfaces should be kept as clear as possible. This is because young children are notorious for climbing onto surfaces whenever possible; one wrong move and a potentially fatal injury could occur.
In virtually every room of the home, furniture can be found that might present a risk to the health and life of a young child. Many people think about sharp objects and poisonous substances when child-proofing the home, but bigger, blunter objects can be just as dangerous.
Items such as stand-alone cabinets, chairs and book cases all pose serious risks when not properly anchored. There have been numerous deaths caused by furniture tipping over on children who were attempting to climb them. As such, it is vital that these items – tall, top-heavy in nature and/or heavy in general – must be anchored to either the floor or to the wall with some kind of reinforcement.
Other potential risks include televisions and electronics, which may tip over when grabbed in the wrong manner.
Last but not least, any appliance that draws electricity is a potential risk to young children under the wrong circumstances. These items can pose a risk in more than one way.
First of all, the accidental mixture of electrical appliances and water can be deadly if the items are plugged into an outlet. Secondly, an appliance – or even the outlet itself – can be dangerous if the child begins playing with the cord at the point where it meets the wall. Another risk is the cord itself; choking and/or potential hanging disasters are all too common when children become trapped in cords caught around their necks.
As such, ensuring any cords are properly secured – as well as the outlets they’re connected to – is an often-forgotten but imperative part of child-proofing the home.
With young children the home, all sorts of precautions have to be taken. In terms of protection, it is vital to focus on removing as many potential threats as possible. While it is never possible to eliminate every danger, focusing your attention on obvious risks can drastically minimise the chances of injury or death. Hopefully, you’ll find these less-discussed child-proofing actions to be useful in further securing your home for your little loved ones!