As soon as babies learn to crawl and open cupboard doors, child safety becomes paramount in a family household. But by making a few changes to child proof your home, you can help your child explore their environment safely.
Here are some simple home safety tips for minimising risks and accidents.
Baby proofing and child proofing your home, step by step
Every home will have a different number of risks that need to managed when being made child proof. To give you a headstart, here are some of the most common:
- Install safety latches on cupboards around the house
Whether it’s in the kitchen or bathroom, if your child can reach the handles and learn to open a cupboard door, then put a safety latch on it. Keep all medicines, beauty products, razor blades and cleaning agents, especially those that contain bleach, like Domestos, locked away and out of reach.
Safety gates are ideal for baby proofing stairs. Install a gate at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent babies from potentially falling down them. Baby guards are also useful for blocking off any danger areas like balconies, untidied rooms and radiators.
Keep furniture away from windows to prevent a child from climbing up to them when open. If you have low windows that a toddler can eventually learn how to open, install a window guard to child proof them.