How to Baby Proof Your Home

Posted On:July 18, 2016 by Rachael in Home Tips

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At Zercher Realty Partners, we want you to have a safe home for your loved ones. Here is a complete list of things you should do to your house to baby proof your house.

  • Secure your oven door and cabinets with latches. Move all the cleaning supplies and sharp objects to the upper cabinets.
  • Put in outlet covers on all exposed electrical sockets. Look for childproof covers that require two hands to remove, or cover plates that screw on.
  • Use furniture straps to hold TVs, bookshelves, dressers and other heavy furniture. Don’t put your TV on the dresser; the drawers can be used for climbing.
  • Put edge bumpers on furniture with sharp edges.
  • Keep toilet lids down and secured with lid lock.
  • Tie all blind cords high out of reach, or use cord holders to keep longer cords on your blinds fastened against walls. Never put a crib near window blinds, as they could be a choking risk.
  • Make sure baby’s crib has fixed rails. If you already have a dropside rail, get an immobilzer for it. Always keep soft items like blankets, pillows, stuffed animals out of the crib and use only mesh or breathable crib liners.
  • Store all medicines in a high, locked cabinet.
  • Make sure your changing table has safety straps.
  • Install no-slip strips at the bottom of your tub and a soft cover on the faucet to protect your baby’s head.
  • Use baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs before he or she is crawling. Don’t use accordion-style gates which could trap the baby’s head. Look for gates that attach securely to the wall but won’t pinch small fingers.
  • Install childproof screens, or even window guards to prevent falls. Don’t put crib or furniture by windows. Install window stops so windows can’t be opened more than four inches.
  • Backyard pools should have four foot fence with self-latching gate. Pool covers may provide additional protection.
  • Unplug appliances like irons when you aren’t using them and put them out of reach.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working. Check the batteries every month.
  • Avoid toy boxes that have hinged lids that slam down. Pick a toy box with ventilation holes or a gap beneath the lid, in case your baby climbs in.
  • Move small magnets to the top of your fridge to prevent possible choking.
  • Invest in stove-knob covers, to prevent your baby from turning on the burners.
  • Buy finger-pinch guards for hinges on doors.
  • Make sure all your house plants are non-toxic.
  • Check doorstops that have removable caps which can be a choking hazard.
  • If railings have openings wider than 3.5 inches, block them with plastic garden fencing, Plexiglas, or other material.
  • Keep fireplace tools out of reach, clean the chimney regularity and have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Keep trash cans in accessible cupboards or use cans with resistant covers.
  • Cover or block access to radiators and floor heaters.
  • Store guns — unloaded — in a safe.
  • Keep water temperature below 120 degrees Fahrenheit on the water heater.

The best way to baby proof is to crawl on your knees around the house to see how your child sees the world!

 

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