1. Electrical Outlets and Cords
Cover all electrical outlets, including those behind appliances, to prevent your child from touching them or getting shocked. Additionally, make sure any cords that are in reach of your child are tucked away securely out of their sight and reach.
2. Window Locks
Install window locks to ensure that your windows cannot be opened too wide and your children cannot get out of the house easily or accidentally.
3. Stair Gates
Install stair gates at the top and bottom of stairs to protect younger children from tumbling down and injuring themselves when they explore the house.
4. Medicine Storage
Ensure all medicines are stored securely away where young children cannot access them, and keep any potentially toxic or hazardous materials in cabinets that are difficult for your children to reach.
5. Safety-Proofing Furniture and Appliances
Secure furniture or appliances like TVs, microwaves, and stoves with brackets so they do not tip over easily if your child uses them as a climbing tool.
6. Childproof Locks
Install locks on cupboards, drawers, refrigerators, and other areas of the house so that small children cannot access hazardous items like cleaning supplies or sharp objects while exploring.
7. Smoke Detectors/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Install smoke detectors throughout the home to alert you if there is a fire hazard present in the home, and install carbon monoxide detectors in areas with gas appliances.
8. Unplug Appliances
When not in use, unplug all appliances and cords to prevent the risk of electric shock or strangulation.