Close supervision is the best way to prevent accidents, but even the most vigilant parent cannot prevent every accident. Take these simple steps to make sure every part of your home is safe.
It may seem silly, but getting down to your child’s level can help you spot potential hazards. Spend some time looking around your home from your child’s eye level. Note anything dangerous within your reach and target these areas during your childproofing.
When childproofing, keep in mind the most common household hazards. These include:
These childproofing rules apply to every area of the house:
Make your child’s bedroom a safe place for sleeping and for playing. In addition to following the general childproofing guidelines above, consider these ways to keep your child safe in their bedroom:
Take these steps to make your bathroom safe:
Keep your child out of the bathroom unless they are with an adult.
It is probably best to keep young children out of the kitchen, but that may not be possible for many families. Take these steps to keep your child safe in the kitchen:
Even if your child does not spend much time in the garage or basement, it is still important to have these areas childproofed.
Make your yard safe for your children by childproofing your outdoor space:
Childproofing your home may take some careful planning, but it is a small price to pay to keep your child safe. Take some time to look around your home and evaluate any areas that may need childproofing. And remember—no amount of childproofing can replace the need for adult supervision.
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Last reviewed July 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
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