Childproofing your home’s top three rooms
Keep the kids safe with these tips
Walking into any household with kids means spotting plenty of offences when it comes to protecting little ones. Here are a few unmissable ones:
This is probably where the family spends most of their time, so you’re going to want to focus on this room. First of all, the mighty TV – babies and toddlers will not spare any efforts in trying to knock it off – so mount that lovely device up on the wall and out of reach.
Keep photo frames, remotes, ornaments and anything they can smash to bits either higher up on a shelf, or well-protected in a cabinet that can only be opened using a key, and you know who the guardian of that key should be – you.
Hide power strips, cords and anything with electricity, it should all be out of reach. Also, candles are for Valentine’s Day – and homes with no kids – so no need to light any of those up for the first 20 years of their lives, at least.
This is one of the house’s hotbeds for extraordinary kiddie activity, so pay close attention to it. Mind any cribs, and make sure they’re set up the right way. Also, every single window needs to have guards that the kids, under no circumstances, would be able to open.
All small toys (hello, LEGO) should be in boxes and only available for older kids’ play, under your supervision at all times. Anything that’s made of breakable materials should also be higher up and out of sight.
This is one dangerous room, so a closed kitchen is always best. Extra caution is necessary with open-plan designs. Keep those chemical-filled lower cabinets shut at all times, only to be opened by mum and dad.
We would recommend a stove top with maximum safety features (no matter how much harder it makes it to cook rice). Of course, the microwave is out of question, and always avoid removing hot food from it while the kids are around. Don’t forget to lock those dishwashers and secure the fridge, too.
Better safe than sorry. It’s time to flag the risks of a weakly childproofed home.