If you are constructing a new home, then you can consider an assortment of safety features during the project. This is one of the benefits of building your own home, so before you make the plans for the structure, talk to a contractor about choosing features that are designed for protecting children.
Install Child-safe Plumbing Fixtures
When you have children, you can create a bathroom for the children so that it is safer. This bathroom can have smaller toilets that are easier for a child to use, but you can have latches on the toilet lids to keep a child from falling into the item. You can also have special faucet handles on the sinks and bathtubs so that only an adult can turn on the items. You may want to have a point-of-use water heater under the bathroom’s sink so that you can have the appliance set at a lower temperature to prevent scalding injuries.
Protect Door Hinges to Prevent Finger or Hand Damage
To protect a child’s hands, you can find protective plastic devices to place along the edge of a door where there are hinges. These can prevent pinched fingers or hands when children stick their hands or fingers in the openings. In some cases, children have experienced accidental amputations of the hands or the fingers when a door has slammed shut.
Keep Garages Safer for Children
You can keep garages safer for your children by having customized built-in cabinets for storing items that include power tools, garden fertilizers, and household cleansers. In addition, you can find automated garage doors that have sensors to determine if someone is in the opening so that a child isn’t crushed by a closing door. You can also have slip-resistant flooring installed in a garage so that children won’t fall on a hard cement surface.
Use Covers for Electrical Outlets
While your new home is being constructed, you can choose safer electrical outlets that are childproof. There are outlets with attached covers that a parent can lift and remove to plug in an appliance or an electronic device. However, there are also electrical outlets that close automatically to provide protection from shock injuries when a child sticks a finger or a toy in the item.
Install Surveillance Cameras
Lastly, you can have surveillance cameras installed in a home during the construction process. In addition to protecting you and your children from home invasions, you can monitor your children in each room from a computer or a smartphone.
By Lizzie Weakley
Lizzie is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.