The importance of children's home safety cannot be overemphasized. According to Safe Kids USA, children are involved in more than 3,000,000 accidental injuries at home that require a trip to the emergency room. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented by implementing safety tips that anticipate the curiosity and movements of little ones.
To prevent choking and strangulation:
- Make sure that your window treatments are cordless (or the cords are short enough that children cannot reach them) and the treatments don't have loops
- Put locks on cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, garages and any other rooms with potentially dangerous contents
- Put guards and stops on all windows
- Place household products and medicine in places where they cannot be reached
- Keep baby supplies, such as diapers, out of reach
- Close gaps larger than 3 1/2 inches in furniture such as headboards
- For nurseries, remove all extraneous items, such as stuffed animals, pillows, etc.
- Use wearable blankets on your baby, as opposed to using crib blankets
To prevent falling, tipping over or other injuries:
- Place gates at both the top and bottom of your stairs
- Use furniture straps to secure furniture to the wall in case little ones attempt to crawl on the furniture or tip it over
- Cook food on the back burners of your stove and turn the pot and pan handles 90 degrees
- Change out baby walkers with wheels for stationary play areas
- Make sure that all rugs and carpet runners are securely tacked in place
- Remove lids from toy chests, or use spring-loaded lid supports
- Use plugs on wall outlets
An Atlanta-area remodeler can assess your house and provide additional home safety tips.