How to make your home child safe

Children are precious and it’s our responsibility to create a safe environment for them. Learn how to make your home safe for your child(ren) with this how to.

What you will need:

  • Child-Resistant Cabinet
  • Child-Resistant Doorknobs
  • Locking Storage Cabinets
  • Shovel
  • O-rings
  • Wood Chips
  • Buoyant Life Ring
  • Gate Locks
  • Electrical Outlet Covers
  • Locking Metal Boxes
  • Hammer
  • Fill Dirt
  • Screw and Bolt caps
  • First Aid Kit
  • Self-Latching Gate Latches
  • Toilet Lid Locks
  • Stairway Gates
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Soft Swing Seats
  • Pea Gravel
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Keyed Locks
  • Doorstops
  • Electric Drill
  • Paint Scrapers
  • Pliers
  • Sand
  • Pool Alarm
  • Cordless Phone

In the kitchen and bathrooms:

  • Install child-resistant locks on all cupboards
  • Put chemicals and cleaners in higher cupboards, out of reach of children.
  • Some spices and even non-poisonous detergents can be harmful, so ensure these are out of reach too.
  • Ensure that medicine, ointments and even insect repellents are out of reach.
  • Keep electrical equipment and cords out of the way.
  • When cooking ensure that you turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove
  • Do not use tablecloths – children can easily tug this and hot food can come crashing down on them.
  • Install toilet lid locks on all toilets.
  • When bathing your child never leave them unattended.

General areas:

  • Fit covers over all electrical outlets
  • Install smoke alarms in all rooms
  • At the top and bottom of stairs install gates that can lock.
  • Lock all doors where you don’t want children to enter.
  • Remove all toxic plants from the household.
  • Remove all firearms from your house – or ensure they are locked away in a safe.

Outdoors:

  • Check for and remove all poisonous plants as well as plants that attract bees
  • Ensure no fencing is sharp, protruding or rusting that could injure a child
  • Fix holes or decaying wooden boards to prevent places children can fall through.
  • Ensure fertilizers, saws, lawnmowers and sharp tools are safely in a locked shed.
  • Ensure pool areas are fenced off or have a pool net. Always ensure there is adult supervision around the pool area.
  • Keep pool chemicals locked away.
  • Have a buoyant device near the pool.

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