If you want to know where to check your house to keep your kids safe, just get down on your hands and knees so you can see the world from their level. This perspective will quickly help you see things that need safeguarding, and many of the things you notice might already be on this list.
1. Electrical Outlets
Do you remember being a curious kid who stuck things in power outlets or you just licked batteries? Even if you didn’t, you might have played with kids who did. Put plastic protectors over them to keep children from getting too curious.
Childproofing kitchen and bathroom drawers helps keep curious hands out of places they don’t belong. Kids might pull open drawers too far and have everything crash on them, or they might get access to those tasty batteries, sharp objects, or even matchsticks. Simple childproof levers and catches are available at most stores.
3. Your Garage Door
Contact a door service company as soon as you can if you notice your garage door doing anything remotely hinky. Look for a local one like A 24 Hour Door Service so that they can arrive quickly. While you should have some kind of sensor safety system that keeps it from closing on people, make sure it’s always working right. Keep garage door controls out of reach of children, and get replacements immediately if kids get their hands on them.
Try to avoid opening windows more than 4 inches so kids can’t easily get out. Even better, open them from the top so kids can’t make use of the potential egress point at all in the first place.
The family gathered around a warm fire is a precious memory, but you also need to have some kind of protective barrier around it so your kids can’t get close enough to burn themselves.
Depending on the pet and the age or size of the kid, letting them spend time together might not be a good idea right away. Kids might see pets like toys and mistreat them. In fact, your pets might have the same thought.
As a final precaution, make sure every phone, be it wireless or landline, in your home has certain numbers and information readily available in the event of an emergency. This should include your address if emergency responders need it plus the numbers for poison control and perhaps your local animal control.
By Rachelle Wilber
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachelle-Wilber/100009221637700/