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Home Tips - Child Proofing your home

Updated on February 3, 2013

We all grow accustomed with our lifestyle from being single to getting married that not much will change around your household as grownup knows what is right or wrong (most of the time), what is dangerous and what is not (I hope).

The important lesson that I have learn is that all this will change once you welcome a baby in your home and that baby continuous to grow up. We as parents should start to consider ways to child proof our home for our little angel’s safety. Also people who welcome lots of children should also consider child proofing their home as these little angels will do a lot of unexpected things that may hamper their well being.

One fact is that home accident is the leading cause of death for children and the sad part is that it can be prevented by a little common sense and precautions. Just a little time and effort spent on child proofing can provide a safer home for them to grow up in.

Here are some home tips to consider when child proofing your home:

  • Fixtures and decors especially breakable one should be place high above the child’s reach.
  • Electrical outlets especially those within the reach of the child should be covered.
  • Furniture with sharp edges should have soft guards.
  • Window curtains and Tie cords should also be beyond the child reach.
  • Appliances and furniture that can be tip over should be wall anchored.
  • Chemicals, cleaners and other flammable substances should be place on locked storage.
  • Medicines should have child resistant cap and store out of child reach.
  • Always keep doors closed especially bathrooms, front and back door and garage.
  • Toys should be appropriate on the playing child’s age. Avoid giving those small toys or toys that can be disassembled since child always likes to put things in their mouth.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathroom and keep bathtubs drained and pails emptied.
  • For two storey homes or homes that have a basement consider installing stair gates.
  • Child should not be allowed to go near any appliances that emit heat like curling irons, heaters and etc.
  • Child should not be allowed to go near stoves especially when you are cooking or baking.
  • Keep electric fan unplug when not in use consider purchasing fan with finger guard.
  • Avoid carrying hot liquid or food near your child.
  • Set water heater temperature between 120° - 130° F to prevent any burns from occurring.
  • Children should never be left alone with the presence of any animals. If interaction can be avoided especially at an early age so much the better.
  • Always keep emergency numbers near your phone.

I hope that these home tips in child proofing your home can serve as a guideline for people who have and will expect a child in their life.


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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Good tips, child proofing the home is so important. Getting down at their level can also help give perspective. However, never underestimate them, as they really have NO FEAR! lol

      Shared, up and useful.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Chin Chin - Our little angels always manage to find ways to get hurt. All we can do is prevention and simply hope for the best. :) One thing that I learn is to add Iterax on a kid medicine kit :)

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      Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

      You have made a good list of tips. Although we have already child proofed our home, it is still possible that accidents will occur. So, it is good to have first aid kits ready as well especially those cold packs for bumps and medicine for cuts and bruises.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @alocsin - You can never be to careful when dealing with our little angels :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is not something I've had to consider -- but my toddler nephew is coming to visit in a few months, so I'll take some of the precautions you outline. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @thumbi7 - Yup they surely do :) Hard at work hehehe

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Great advice for anyone having a 'little one' at home!

      Because these little ones are always busy and have some work at hand anytime :)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @teaches12345 - Thanks. Having children around is no joke. My wife always tell me that I worry to much. Sadly, I cant help it when it come to my son.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Jakob Barry - Yup there are still a lot of things one can do in childproofing once home. This little angels still need our protection up until they know better.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      All great safety tips for homes with young children. You can never be too careful when raising children. This is a great checklist when babyproofing your home.

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      Jakob Barry 5 years ago

      Good tips. There is so much to consider for baby proofing when little children are the center of our beautiful lives but it's all worth it! :-)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @mary615 - I agree it is not easy. All we can hope for is that we have done enough to ensure their safety

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed this informational Hub. I just baby proofed my house, and it wasn't easy! My Grandchild will be staying with me for a while, and it had to be done.