Tips to Babyproof Your Home
Preparing your home for your new baby can be an intense chore. Keeping your loved ones safe at home is a daily commitment. Your home is where many of the dangers lie for young babies. With the help of the Home Safety Council, a national organization dedicated to preventing home injuries, you can baby proof your home in no time! Children are the most susceptible to injuries around the house, so here are a few tips for making sure your home is safe for your little one.
- Keep all stairways, paths, and walkways well lit and clear of any clutter to help reduce the risk of falling.
- By installing grab bars and shower stalls in bathrooms, you can prevent any slips in the bathroom. Also, using non-slip mats and safety strips in the bathtub or shower can prevent falls.
- Post emergency numbers and the National Poison Control Hotline number (1-800-222-1222) by every phone
- Install child locks on all cabinets used to store dangerous items
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and have them checked monthly.
- If you have a pool, install a four sided fence around it with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Practice “touch supervision”- staying within arm’s length and constantly supervise children in or near water.
By following these easy tips, you are one step closer to baby proofing your home. Your baby’s safety is a priority, so make sure your home is as safe as it can be. Given the statistics surrounding household injuries, it is evident that the Home Safety Council’s mission, which is to educate and empower families to take actions that help keep them safer in and around their homes, is an important one.