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Can a house be 100% kid safe? As a math geek, I don’t think a 100% of anything is really likely. That being said, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make our homes as safe as possible. In fact, if my husband had his way, he’d put a force field around our house, or better yet around each kid.
Peter is the worrier of our family, I’m not. For example, while I found skydiving crazy awesome (even if it is a bit scary), Peter would NEVER jump out of a perfectly good plane. In fact, he gets upset if I mention doing it again. That’s ok with me because I know he means well and I think our acceptable risk level difference keeps us well balanced. He keeps us safe enough, and I keep us from living in an underground bomb shelter. 😉
Somewhere in the middle between hypervigilance and laissez-faire is still a well-childproofed home. If you are a parent of young kids, you are likely knee-deep in these ideas. You can pass along these ways to childproof you home to new parents, parents-to-be and older relatives that aren’t aware of these modern safety standards. Plus anyone who may be watching your kiddos even occasionally should be made aware of ways to childproof their home.
9 Ways To Childproof Your Home
- Move furniture away from windows.
- Secure all furniture and televisions to the wall. In fact, stoves can be secured with anti-tipping devices as well.
- Install window guards if you live in a multilevel home. This isn’t really an issue for us in our ranch style home but it’s a great reminder when visiting friends and relatives.
- Cover ALL electrical outlets. The plastic covers are so cheap, there isn’t any reason why every single outlet shouldn’t be covered even if you think they are out of reach. Never underestimate your kiddos.
- Install safety gates at the top AND bottom of stairs. We don’t have stairs but used baby gates to keep our kiddos corralled into baby safe areas of our house. Gates also work great around Christmas trees during the holidays!
- Use stove knob guards to make them temporarily inoperable.
- Use safety latches on cabinet doors and drawers. This is one suggestion we just reversed at our house, so our kiddos (6 and 8) can help put dishes away and get their own cups of water.
- Keep all medications and cleaning products locked up and out of reach. This is one that we still need to be conscious of with older kids. Even if they know they shouldn’t do something, they are curious creatures and shouldn’t be tempted.
- Install cordless window covers or use cord cleats to keep cords out of reach.
Peter has always insisted that our blind cords are wrapped on the cord cleats. Honestly window covering cords were never something that worried me, it seemed like a far-fetched threat to me. Until one day I saw Elliot carelessly playing with cords, he even temporarily wrapping them around his head. It wasn’t even a conscious action, he was looking outside and grabbed something within reach to play with. Thankfully nothing scary happened but I realized the tragic accident that could have happened.
We purchased blinds from SelectBlinds.com a couple years ago to outfit my family’s cabin. I’m happy to say that they are now the first custom window covering company to go 100% cordless. They are encouraging all families to join the #GoCordless movement to help prevent needless deaths and injuries. Perhaps their commitment will encourage an industry-wide change! In the meantime, you can learn more about the #GoCordless movement here.
Project Cordless Giveaway
To help create safer environments, SelectBlinds.com has partnered with Parents for Window Blind Safety for the Project Cordless giveaway. Nominate a friend or family member to receive cordless window coverings for their entire home at no charge. Each month Project Cordless is upgrading an entire house, apartment, military housing unit or daycare facility! Simply submit a 30-second video to nominate a deserving family!
Do you have any other childproofing tips to add to the list?