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Is Your Home Safe?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 21-03-2007

Growth in toddlers at this age can be really fast. One fine day you might find your toddlers doing something that you could never have imagined them capable of doing, just a few days back. They will soon be discovering their knack for climbing furniture, opening latches and decoding baby-proof gadgets.

While all this is very encouraging for a parent to watch, it is also essential that you protect your toddlers from getting hurt with their new-found superpowers. Child-proofing your home is the first step to consider in these matters.

Here is a list of things you can do to ensure your home environment is safe for your toddlers:

  • Plug all the electric outlets in home with plastic caps.
  • Keep all the electric cords out of your toddler’s way to minimize chances of tripping or pulling appliances out of their sockets.  Be especially aware of areas where your baby could pull a heavy object down upon themselves by pulling on the cord.
  • Keep plants away from your toddler’s reach.
  • Keep drawers and cupboards containing cleaning products or medicines latched.
  • Ensure that your home furniture does not have sharp edges or broken parts that will come off if your toddler grabs them.
  • Cover the control buttons of electrical appliances.
  • Keep breakables out of reach for your toddler.
  • Ensure that stacks of books are out of reach for your toddler.  Be aware of heavy furniture, especially bookcases that could topple over onto a toddler if he were to try to climb it.
  • Store chemical materials such as detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, soaps, and cleaners out of reach for your toddler.
  • Make sure all the knives and other utensils in your kitchen are stored in a place that is unapproachable for your toddler.
  • Keep your bathroom door shut when not in use.