kids home safety tips
Children have a way of finding hazards in the bathroom, living room, and kitchen you might never have suspected were there.
The bathroom and kitchen, with their sharp objects tucked in drawers or chemicals stashed in
cabinets, require extra steps to ensure child safety.
And the living room could benefit from a few well-chosen home safety products to eliminate major hazards to little ones. These kids home safety tips can help.
kids home safety tips for the bathroom.
With water everywhere, the chance for slips, falls, and scalds is heightened in this small space. Here's how to eliminate the dangers:
- Pad the tub faucet to prevent burns and bruises.
- Place non-slip stickers or appliques in the tub.
- Lock your medicine cabinet.
- Put child safety locks on lower cabinets.
- Request child resistant tops for prescription medicines.
- Keep razors well out of reach of curious hands.
- Remove soap that's become small enough to fit into a child's mouth. It's a choking hazard.
kids home safety tips for the living room.
As every parent knows, most living areas aren't set up for kids under the age of three. Here are a few tips for childproofing your living areas:
- Put breakable, fragile objects out of reach.
Before you bring home houseplants, make sure they are not poisonous if ingested.
- Cover any sharp corners on furniture with home safety products.
- Put safety caps on electrical outlets.
- Put gates around staircases.
- Before you buy houseplants, check to make sure they are not poisonous. Toxic or not, keep all plants out of reach of toddlers. If they don't eat the leaves, they'll empty out all the dirt.
- Put safety latches on any cabinets you don't want the kids plundering.
- Move furniture away from walls with windows or other hazards.
- Secure furniture, such as hutches, that children may try to climb. Earthquake braces work very nicely to keep furniture from tipping over.
- Remove area rugs that could trip up kids just learning to walk.
- If you have cords on your shades or blinds, tie them together high enough that kids can't get their necks caught in them.
kitchen safety tips
The kitchen is the room where everyone congregates, and, consequently, it's a place where accidents can happen.
It's all the activities that go on here - cooking, cleaning, preparing food and more - that require an elevated level of home safety for kids.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove top.
- Keep knives and other sharp objects out of children's reach.
- Store plastic bags high and out of sight and reach of curious little hands.
- Install latches on kitchen cabinets.
- Latch the refrigerator door.
- Remove small refrigerator magnets (they're a choking hazard.)
- Lock up trash containers.
- Store cleaning supplies in locked cabinets or out of reach.
- Don't use tablecloths. A simple pull can cause heavy plates and cups to come crashing down on little ones.
Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and tools to keep kids safe at home.
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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.