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How to child-proof your home

Updated on July 14, 2009
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Child-proof your home

The notion to child-proof the home should be automatic for everyone, not just young couples starting a family. Whether your a aunt, uncle, grandparent or godparent, it is always smart to have your home prepared to accommodate young children. Even when closely watched, it only takes a split second for a serious accident to occur when a house is not safe.

There are many possibilities for an accident to happen and it varies from home to home. I will list the major issues which are common in most homes and hope the information will be useful to you.

Gates for top and bottom of staircase
Gates for top and bottom of staircase
Cover for outlet & cord shortener
Cover for outlet & cord shortener
Door locks placed out of reach of young children
Door locks placed out of reach of young children
Oversized stove knob covers for child protection
Oversized stove knob covers for child protection

Major safety fixes for the home

1. Electrical cords should always to put in bundles and out of the reach of children. For computers and other electronics, cord organizers are available and are easy to figure out even with multiple cords that many electronics come with. For table lamps use cable ties to secure to table legs which prevents lamps from falling to the floor and onto a child.

2. A child beginning to walk can pose a major challenge for parents. Always take into consideration items that can be easily pulled down by toddlers such as table runners or tablecloths that have vases or other decor on them. Keep unstable furnishings like pole lamps, coat trees or anything that a curious child can tug on away for awhile until your child grows up some. Nine times out of ten someone is going to get hurt and somethings going to get broken which can be all the more serious for a small child. Plan on many years of just not having certain items out if your house is for family and not for showing. One last thing, for all grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, please take the necessary steps to remove all safety hazzards if you know young children will be coming to your home for a visit.

3.In basements and garages, install self-closing springs on the doors that lead from your house to the garage or basement. If you don't alreay have an electric garage door, it may be worth it to have one installed because it reverses if anything touches it when closing. Always keep the remote away from a childs hand.

4.Safety gates are a must have if stairs are in the home and children are too. Have one gate for the botttom and one for the top. An ideal gate is one that is tall and sturdy and has strong mounting hardware. The release should be easy enough for an adult to pass through but definitely not for children. The gate should not be ab accordian style one but should be able to swing in both directions. The pressure gates are not recommended for stairs.

5,Outlet covers are necessary and there are different types to serve a specific purpose. The sliding type cover is good for electrical items that are unplugged often. On the other hand, electrical items that stay plug in most of the time should have covers that also shields the plug, with openings at the bottoms for the cords.

6. Stoves are very dangerous and can cause serious burns and house fires. Protect children with knob covers which are easy to install and also easy to remove when you need to use the burners for cooking. Remember to always stay at the stove when frying foods and keep children safe and away from the stove when cooking soups, stews, etc.

7. We all store cleaning liquids and solvents, and the majority of the time the storage is located in lower laundry room cabinets or under the kitchen sink. Protect youngs ones by installing magnetic key locks on cabinets. The locking mechanism mounts inside of the door and can only be released by a magnetic key. Make sure the key is only accessible to an adult. Another type of cabinet lock is the latch type which will disengage when the door is opened slightly and pushing down. I prefer the first type myself.

8. If you have window blinds in the home, cut the loop at the end to prevent babies and toddlers from strangulation. Do this by cutting the cord just above the tassle and remove the equalizer buckle. Complete this smart tip by adding a separate tassle to the end of each cord.

9.Protect children from serious burns by installing covers on all floor registers, radiators and other heat sources. Another wise move is to lower the temperature of your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees form the normal 140 degrees.

10.When bathing young children, always test the waters first. Place cushion covers over faucet handles and turn the child away from them to prevent a child from reaching for the hot water handle.Last but not least, always stay with child when they are bathing.

There are many more safety precautions to take in your home,so modify and add where applicable.


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    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks earnestahub. What kind and sweet words you say. I actually wrote this hub some time ago but it's always relevent because they'll always be young ones around.

    • earnestshub profile image


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Terrific hub Laringo! I have put foam rubber on the corners of sharp furniture when the little ones were younger. Who cares what it looks like? It saves eye and other serious injuries. of all the hubs I see, this one is probably the most important hub on hubpages and you are an angel for putting it up. Easy to see where you are coming from with this, and it says more about you as a person than any other hub you could write.

      Love of children is always best expressed in this way!

    • saroj23 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very informative! As I'm a new mom i'll bookmark your suggestion.Thumbs up for you!

    • rose56 profile image


      8 years ago

      good advice. i enjoyed it.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thank you Journey!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub laringo. Excellent advice. Thank you.

    • lotuslove19 profile image

      Sarika Mehra 

      8 years ago

      Another important thing to note is to keep Medicines under lock and key ,as we all know exploring nature of children make them reach where we cannot even think about .nice article ,thanks.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California. have to on your game when it comes to making sure children are always safe.

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      You forgot one - "Have eyes, in the back of your head" Lol.

      This is an extremely, useful Hub. With kids, anything could happen in a fraction of a second and if things go wrong - the parents feel so guilty. Thanks for writing it.


    • Ms._Info profile image


      9 years ago from New Jersey

      Excellent tips! I think I've implemented just about all of them.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi at a young age are always exploring new things and they just don't know the danger it can lead to.Keeping them in eye site instead of just earshot is always a good rule of thumb also.

    • MikeNV profile image


      9 years ago from Henderson, NV

      This is actually good advice for people who don't have kids too. My friend brought her 3 year old over and before we even knew it she was looking in drawers, under counters, everything. One thing I didn't notice above that is really important, and it may be I just overlooked it but big televisions on TV Stands can be pulled over on little kids... they grab cables or cords and try to climb on furniture. Kids have been killed by falling TV's. Hopefully the newer tvs will be less of an issue as they weigh so much less... but still a problem.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Hi fastfreda,my grandkids are school-age so I don't worry about these things anymore,although when you have friends and family with small children it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Who would think after having five children that I would need a hub like this. Well I do, it seems that I've forgotten all of those things, but to be fair there are new things on the market that are much better than before, for instance I noticed the cover for outlets and cord shortener, never saw that before. The reason that I need to know these things is because now I have four little grandchildren that visit me often.

      So these are tips that will certainly come in handy, as I embark upon my new journey as a grandmother. Please read my hub on me becoming a grandmother. Very good and useful hub.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thank you Morris for stopping by and reading this Hub. I tried to make it as helpful as possible for everyone, not just parents.

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      Morris Streak 

      9 years ago from UK

      It's not enough to be a parent worried about her kid's safety, a parent should be aware that a home can be accident-prone as well. Good hub. I'm into home improvement, which is why I found your hub.

    • Morris Streak profile image

      Morris Streak 

      9 years ago from UK

      It's not enough to be a parent worried about her kid's safety, a parent should be aware that a home can be accident-prone as well. Good hub. I'm into home improvement, which is why I found your hub.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks Rgraf for the comments. Sometimes not addressing safety issues in the home is overlooked. A sad reality is that more children die from accidents at home each year than they do from abuse.(sad but true).

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Everyone should read this if they have children. Personally, I think that eventually outsmart us.


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