Childproofing your home, Kluje Guide.

We all dread the day we have to rush our child to hospital for an injury or for swallowing something out the medicine cabinet.  These accidents do happen but there are many things you as a parent can do to prevent an emergency rush to the hospital.

Taking these proper safety measures and childproofing steps to keep your family safe.

The Kitchen:
  • The number one tip for kitchens is to never leave a child alone in the kitchen, the kitchen is probably the most dangerous place in the home.
  • Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to keep children from potentially poisonous household products.
  • Use the stove's back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children.
  • Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.
  • Put visual reminder labels on poisonous products.
The Bathroom:
  • If you use  electrical appliances in a bathroom such as a hair dryers or electric rollers, unplug them after use to prevent electrocution from contact with water in the bathroom. Also keep them away from curious children to prevent burns.
  • Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to prevent children from getting to potentially poisonous household products.
  • Install toilet locks to keep toilet lids closed. Children are more top-heavy than adults and can lean and fall into a toilet easily. They also can drown in just one inch of water not to mention that your child can get very ill from the water in the bowl.
  •  Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. It takes just three seconds for a child to sustain a third-degree burn from water at 140 degrees.
Rest of the House:
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in the doorways of rooms with hazards. Gates with expanding pressure bars should not be used for blocking stairs.
  • Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards, such as swimming pools. Be careful, though, that these devices are easy for adults to use in case of emergency.
  • Place furniture away from high windows so children won't climb onto windowsills. Screens aren't strong enough to keep children from falling through windows.
  • Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items like a fireplace hearth to protect against injury.
  • Make sure window blinds do not have looped cords -- they can be strangulation hazards for children. Also, always lock blinds into position whether they are all the way up or down.
  • Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet protectors or safety caps. Make sure outlets near any water source are updated with ground fault circuit interrupters. Interrupters  turn off electricity if appliances fall into water. For outlets in use, especially those low to the ground, there are devices which make it difficult to pull out plugs.
  • Remove free-falling lids from toy chests, which should have lids that stays open or very light, removable ones.
  • Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors. When storing items, put heavier items on the bottom shelves and in the bottom drawers.
Keeping your family safe is the number one priority of a parent and by following these safety tips you are on your way to doing this. You can never have enough advise when it comes to safety.

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