How can I make my house safe for kids?
- Go under cover. Cover potentially dangerous items, including placing:
- Gear up. Inspect your furniture, stairs and household goods for potential dangers, and install protective devices, such as:
- Put it out of reach.
- Check your alarms.
- Double-check water safety measures.
What age can you child proof your house? Ideally, get started at least three months before your due date, because some of the recommended baby proofing preparations may take time. Once baby starts to crawl (around 6 to 10 months), you’ll need to do a second baby proofing sweep to make sure the house is safe for a baby on the move.
What can you child proof?
- Use outlet covers.
- Put cleaning chemicals out of reach.
- Install cabinet and drawer locks.
- Avoid cords on blinds and drapes.
- Anchor furniture.
- Beware of chests.
- Lock your windows.
- Keep your child safe around water.
What does childproofing a home involve? Place locks on liquor cabinets; alcohol can be poisonous to young children. Cover radiators and heating vents to prevent burns. Check your doorstops; many have removable caps that pose a choking hazard. Keep toy batteries safely stowed away; they can leak acid, causing serious burns.