Whether you are bringing home your new baby or preparing for guests with young children: safety is of the utmost importance. Hazardous household items may be easily overlooked by an adult but could spark a child’s curiosity and have tragic consequences. “Start by seeing your home from a child’s point of view,” says Carla Bouchard, a broker with Royal LePage Metro. “Get low and have a look around from knee level. The hidden dangers will soon become apparent.” Bouchard recommends these tips for childproofing your home:
1. Install covers on electrical outlets within reach of little fingers. Children are often drawn to electrical outlets. Avoid electric shock by inserting covers into outlets or installing safety plates. Some versions close automatically after a plug is pulled out.
2. Use childproof doorknob covers and cupboard locks. No matter how thoroughly you childproof, there will always be hazards in your cupboards and behind closed doors. Purchase child-proof doorknob covers and cupboard locks to secure dangerous materials. These locks are easily maneuvered by adults, but remain a mystery for most developing minds.
3. Install a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless, and tasteless and is toxic when encountered in high concentrations. The respiratory system of a child is significantly less capable than that of an adult. By installing a carbon monoxide detector you ensure that you are made aware of the presence of CO levels in your home before they present a real danger.
Household injuries are among the top reasons children under three are taken to the emergency room. Enjoy peace of mind by doing your due diligence to ensure children in your home remain safe. Find more information on home safety at www.royallepage.ca.